4th Conference on Body, Mind & Life, Dharamshala.
From 12th to 14th October 2016, the Body, Mind and Life department of Men-Tsee-Khang successfully organized the 4th Conference on Body, Mind and Life at Dharmashala. This year the topic was interestingly kept as Depression, its Causes and Conditions keeping into perspective the growing number of illness and disorders rooting from mental instability in today’s world. By doing so the department has joined the growing number of research, publications, workshops and conferences being held world-wide regarding mental disorders. The fundamental basis upon which the department strives in bringing together top-level speakers to organize such conferences every year stems from the belief system that the prevalence of mental problems are far more prominent than physical problems and they play a significant role as socio-economic factors.
The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, who spoke about his enriching experience during his time at the past Mind & Life Conferences organized by the Mind & Life Institute.
He also echoed the importance of sharing ideas between different perspectives in order to build a holistic perspective. This year 8 scholars from four different perspectives, 2 scholars each from the fields of Tibetan Medicine, Tibetan Astro-science, Buddhist Psychology and Modern Psychology were invited to speak on the given topic. Dr. Sonnee Weedn who is a Clinical and Forensic psychologist, sex and addiction therapist, and a certified specialist in the treatment of alcohol spoke from the perspective of Modern Psychology. Dr. Sudhir K Khandelwal who heads the Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS ( All India Institute of Medical Sciences) is an expert on mental health. His presence and his presentation at the conference gave an essentiality to the importance of the subject at hand. Dr. Tenzin Lhadon M.D. and Dr Yeshi Gelek M.D. from Men-Tsee-Khang worthfully represented Tibetan medicinal perspective while TASP Tenzin Nyendak and TASP Kunga Dhondup represented Tibetan Astro-science perspective at the Conference. From the Buddhist Psychology perspective, Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche and Geshe Lobsang Dawa gave in-depth presentations.
This year, the department recorded a total of 240 participants which included TMAC students, T.C.V. Selakui students, foreigners, Students from India and Bhutan, doctors and astro-science practitioners from Men-Tsee-Khang and also students from Bumzhi Medical College.
The closing ceremony and the valedictory function proceeded on the third day in the presence of the honorable speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile. During the ceremony, participants were given the opportunity to speak about their experience and feedbacks for the future conferences. The conference came to a successful completion with photo-sessions with the speakers and the chief guests. The department has now already started its preparation for the 5th Conference on Body, Mind and Life to be held in 2017 which is expected to be another success in the making. The topic for the 5th Body, Mind and Life conference is “Prevention of Mental Disorders”.