101st founding Anniversary of Men-Tsee-Khang, Dharamsala

Men-Tsee-Khang (Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute of H.H. the Dalai Lama) celebrated its 101st Anniversary on 29 March, 2017 at Men-Tsee-Khang College Hall in Dharamsala. It was a grand celebration for Men-Tsee-Khang as it also marks the 56 years of re-establishing Men-Tsee-Khang by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India and 101 years of establishing Men-Tsee-Khang in Lhasa, Tibet by His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama.

The Chief Guest, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay accompanied by Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk, Department of Health; Mr Kargyu Dhondup, Chief Justice Commissioner; Mr. Ngawang Choedak Mr. Choetri Tengpa and Dr Ngawang Rabgyal, Justice Commissioners graced the occasion. Other special guests included Secretaries of various departments of the Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan Parliamentarians

The event started with the recitation of Yuthok prayers and serving of the ceremonial tea and sweet rice to the hall packed audience followed by cultural performance entertained by the students and the staff of the institute.

The Director, Mr. Tashi Tsering Phuri addressed the gathering about the journey of the Men-Tsee-Khang from the moment it was founded by the 13th Dalai Lama in Tibet and 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala to the present era where the institute proudly presented 697 employees and students combined,  55 branch clinics in India. He gave detail information about the centenary outreach tours and also prided about the achievement of Men-Tsee-Khang in reaching out to the society in terms of Health care services. He furthermore elaborated on the activity of the institute on spreading health awareness campaigns especially in remote area. He also spoke on Men-Tsee-Khang College having the reputation of producing well trained Doctors in Tibetan Medicine and Astro-Science.

The staff who had dedicated 20 and 30 years of services were honored with mementos for their services by the Chief Guest, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay and Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk presented awards to Medical students of 18th and 19th batch and Astro-Science students of 9th and 10th batch for their outstanding academic performances. School perfects were also conferred with the awards.

Sikyong in his speech emphasized that "We must not forget our roots and the dedication put in by our previous generations in preserving our traditional medical system as per His Holiness’s wishes. Keeping that in mind, doctors and staff currently working must work with same dedication and if we do that it would add to the already improving system". He also urged them to strive towards delivering quality healthcare service with morals of compassion and altruism. He urged the institute to work towards keeping its legacy alive to continue to serve humanity.

Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk underlined the need for more research work to keep it going with the time. “It should also look into the possibilities of enhancing its awareness drives by combining both the modern and traditional systems while educating the populace of schools and monasteries.”

Men-Tsee-Khang launched books on Commentary on Supplementary's Text of Pulse and Urine Diagnosis of the last Tantra by Dr. Pema Dorjee; Literary Research Compendium of Varied Innate Organism of Human Body by Dr. Thupten Gyaltsen; Knowledge from Yoga on Various Diseases Prevention by Dr. Penpa Tsering; Knowledge From the Tibetan Art of Healing on Various Disease Prevention: Cold and Flu by Diseases Preventive Committee and Centenary Report of Men-Tsee-Khang (Book 1). Five new herbal-based products: Cough Syrup (Tarbu Ngapa), Complete Cold and Flu (Norbu Dhunthang), Dental soother (Sonuum Dhunpa), Cold and Flu Relief (Trulthang) and Ear drops (Ookchoe Ngapa) were also launched on this auspicious day.

The historic event was concluded with the thank you speech by Mr. Tsering Phuntsok, the General Secretary of Men-Tsee-Khang followed by lunch to all the guests and staff gathered for the event.