Sincere Gratitude to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
I am extremely happy and pleased to convey the message that the traditional Tibetan medical system is available to Tibetans and Westerners by the grace of His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, who took great initiatives in the preservation and development of the traditional Tibetan medical system.
On March 10th, 1959, there was a popular uprising in Lhasa, Tibet by the Tibetan people against Tibet’s occupation by the People’s Liberation Army of China. This uprising resulted in the deaths of 1.2 million Tibetans and the destruction of six thousand monasteries, as well as damage to the Tibetan cultural heritage and important learning centers of the traditional Tibetan medical system. Amidst the unrest, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India seeking political asylum followed by eighty thousand Tibetan refugees. Under the supreme and compassionate leadership of His Holiness, the rehabilitation of the Tibetan refugees in different settlements in India, Nepal and Bhutan were undertaken to preserve Tibetan’s unique identity and culture.
Under the aegis of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, headquarters of the study of the traditional Tibetan medical system was inaugurated on March 23rd, 1961, in Dharamsala, in India. The Institute was placed under the directorship of Dr. Yeshi Dhonden and the Venerable Lodoe Gyatso. Men-Tsee-Khang (the Institute’s Tibetan name) initially lacked the necessary facilities, money, staff, and was situated in a room on the upper floor of an old house in Mcleod Ganj in Dharamsala. Today, the Institute’s headquarters in Dharamsala oversees the operation of 60 branch clinics in India and Nepal.
Since the beginning, the work of Men-Tsee-Khang in exile has undergone significant development, with the creation of the colleges of Pharmacy, Research and Development, Materia Medica, Publishing, Medicine and Astrology for the training of new doctors and astrologers, the Herbal Product Research department and Medical Stores. For more information, please visit the official website of the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, www.men-tsee-khang.org.
Many physicians who graduated from the Institute went to the West to establish foundations for the promotion of the traditional Tibetan medical system for the benefit of all humanity. They proved that Tibet had ancient wisdom of the traditional medical system, which has been transmitted for 2,500 years and can still benefit people in the 21st century. The world’s current environmental pollutions, busy and stressful lifestyle, lack of spiritual guidance and direction compel modern humanity to struggle with physical and mental health problems which can be relieved by means of the traditional Tibetan medical system.
All Tibetan physicians show great gratitude to the former personal physicians of His Holiness and all senior doctors, directors, astrologers, lecturers and staff for their services of hard work and efforts rendered for the promotion of Tibetan medical system worldwide.
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