4.th KHCP-Medicalcamp in Bodhgaya/India, Dec.2011
The Kagyu Mönlam 2011 took place between December 14 and 20,
with approximately 11,000 devotees in attendance. Many
Rinpoches and high lamas graced the event with their presence,
led by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye
Dorje, the 14th Kunzig Shamarpa Rinpoche – second-ranking lama
in the Karma Kagyu lineage – His Eminence Jamgön Kongtrul
Rinpoche, His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, and many
For the fourth time this year, the KHCP - Karmapa´s Healthcare Project provided free medical checkups and healthcare for participants in the Mönlam as well as the local population.
When the project started its first healthcare camp in Bodhgaya four years ago there were just nine volunteers from Europe who dedicated their time and energy to looking after those in need of medical advice and treatment. Sometimes it was just a matter of teaching the patients some basic principles of hygiene, at other times people had to be referred to hospital for treatment of more serious ailments.
This year, the KHCP's staff consisted of a total of forty-four people, all of them voluntary helpers: general practitioners, dermatologists, dentists, physiotherapists, Tibetan amchi, acupuncturists, nurses, a TV team, assistants, organisers and helpers from a total of nine countries. Over 3,500 patients were treated during the Mönlam.
While Buddhists are sometimes accused of being exclusively
concerned with their own spiritual development and not being
interested in social activities, this is actually not the case.
In Mahayana Buddhism the bodhisattva-in-training puts into
action his commitment to benefit all sentient beings by
developing the “six paramitas” (transcendental virtues), the
first of which is generosity.
The practice of giving to those in need is therefore regarded as part and parcel of the bodhisattva’s training. Moreover, the practitioner develops a great deal of respect and appreciation towards those who are the object of his generosity, in the understanding that we are all interconnected and that the practice of generosity is just as beneficial to the giver as to the recipient of whatever is offered.
Text by Rabjam Rikki Catty (private secretary of
H.H.Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje)
Photos and subtitle by Peter Cerveny, mandala photos by Anika Wagner
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The KHCP team offers mandala to Karmapa ...
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Any travel costs are paid privately. This also applies to all helpers. All activities are carried out voluntarily and the full amount of donations is forwarded directly and personally to Karmapa’s monks, nuns and accordingly to KHCP projects in Asia.