KHCP-Medicalcamp at Kagyu Mönlam in Bodhgaya/India
This year the Mönlam committee invited us once again to organise the medical camp for the Mönlam practice with Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and Künzig Shamar Rinpoche, which lasted seven days last year. (Please refer to the December 2008 report for further information)
We are so glad of our growth and our internationality! 20 helpers from 8 states and 3 continents, doctors and therapists came together for a week to take care of over 3,000 people. The travelling conditions are quite difficult. Kagyu friends are coming together in Bodhgaya from all parts of the Himalaya. Most of them are travelling between 30-40 hours with the bus. So it is very useful to offer medical care at their arrival. Two pediatricians were specially brought in to take care of the children. Our job was to manage a clinic with enough medicine and to offer the appropriate treatment. Therefore it is marvellous to hold different medical methods, classical medicine, tibetan medicine, homeopathy and physiotherapy.
We were also present at the Mönlam itself in case of emergency. The Maha Bodhi Society invited us to use a new place for our examinations, and they gave us further the possibility to use their emergency clinic and their ambulance. We are grateful to the Ven. Thero, the director and chief physician.
We are also planning common activities for next year.
Further we visited our nuns from Rumtek in their hotel and made basic examinations.
One evening we also proceeded to a Lama check in Beru Khyentse's monastery. We managed all these gorgeous activities thanks to the idealistic activity of our team and the many field helpers as well as your donations to buy the required medicine.
A big thank to the Mönlam committee and to Mr. Tsering. Our information desk at the committee tent was very successful. We also thank the Shedra students who translated for us Tibetan-English.
Of course we presented our films at two evenings and made a presentation of our work in the West. And it was the opening night of our first KHCP-trailer.
At the end we visited Karmapa with our team, took a group picture and received his blessing. Karmapa told us his explicit wish that Peter and I intensify the KHCP work. Karmapa also received the articles from our new association "Karmapa Healthcare Project e.V.".
"After Mönlam is already before the Mönlam" and we are already planning the next one. Please enjoy the new pictures! Whoever feels interested in joining our work and has the required capacities, please get in touch with us as soon as possible!