College Founding Day
The 53rd college founding day was commemorated on 2 June, 2014. The chief guest was Dr. Tsering Wangchuk, Kalon Health Department and the special guest of honour was Mr. Penpa Tsering chairman of ATPD (Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies). Men-Tsee-Khang Director Mr. Tashi Tsering Phuri, college lecturers, heads of departments, students, staff and media attended the function.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Yuthok prayers and offering of a butter lamp by the chief and special guest. Then Dr. Tenpa Choephel, principal of the college, gave a brief history of Tibetan medicine: the establishment of Men-Tsee-Khang in Lhasa, Tibet in 1916 and the re-establishment in exile in India in 1961 to its present stage of development.
2014 has been dedicated by the Kashag and the CTA as the year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to pay tribute and express gratitude for the all achievements and blessings that he has bestowed on the Tibetan people. Hence a new academic dress has been introduced for the first time by the Tibetan Medical & Astrological College to mark this great event.
The new academic dress consists of a gown, an inner white gown and a trencher (hat) or mortarboard: which is a horizontal square board fixed on a skull-cap, with a tassel attached to it.
The academic regalia of Tibetan medicine are:
Gown - The deep blue colour of the gown symbolizes the Medicine Buddha and the red edgings, the speech emanation of the great sage Yidlay Kye (yilas sKyes).
Inner white gown - symbolizes the white dress adorned by the Yogi who is the father of Tibetan medicine 'Yuthok Yonten Gonpo' and his lineage holders Jangpa and Zurkhar tradition.
Mortar-board - The five bands of colour (deep blue, white, yellow, green and red) in front of the skull cap symbolize the emanation or representation of the Medicine Buddha's mind, body, wisdom, action and the speech. It also stands for the five great elements.
The four corners of the board represent the four immeasurable of unbiased love, compassion, happiness and equanimity and also for the successful mastering of the tantras, treatise, oral transmission and the instruction.
The six vertical lines on the skull cap stands for the six qualities of a physician.
The three coloured knots on the tassel represent the three humours of rlung (wind), mkhrispa (bile) and badkan (phlegm).
The academic regalia of Tibetan Astro. Science are:
Gown - The deep blue colour of the gown symbolizes the colour of beryl: stainless space considered not only the ultimate manifestation of all the four elements but also the source of all phenomena which represents Tibetan Astro. Science. The yellow edgings represent the three main requesters of the Tibetan Astro. Science Lord Brahma, Shambala King Suchandra and Goddess Parvati.
Inner white gown symbolizes the most unique, brightest moon of the autumn season as does the 'Phugpa Astro. Tradition and its practitioners.
Mortar-board - The five bands of colour (deep blue, white, yellow, green and red) in front of the skull cap stands for the body, speech, mind, wisdom and the action of Lord Manjushri, Kalachakra Diety, and Lord Shiva who are the preachers of elemental astrology, Kalachakra tantra, and the arising vowel respectively.
The four corners of the mortarboard represent the four main practices of Tibetan Astro. Science: pacifying, enriching, subjugating and destroying.
The six vertical lines on the skull cap stand for the six elements of consciousness, space, wind, fire, water and earth human beings are endowed with, and which are always protected by Tibetan Astro. Science.
The three coloured knots on the tassel represent the three main categories of Tibetan Astro. Science: Astrology, Astronomy, and Arising Vowel.
The special guest distributed award certificates to staff who have completed 30 & 20 years of service. The chief guest gave Menrampa degree certificates to the 12th batch doctors, Menpa Kachupa degrees to the 16th batch medical students, rTsi-pa Kachupa degrees to the 8th batch astrology students. The Director of the Institute awarded the members of the Gangri langtso publication and gave recognition to the 6 students who wrote the finest articles.
The special guest Mr. Penpa Tsering, chairman of ATPD (Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies) addressed the gathering by welcoming the guest, staff and students. He said that it is good to see the new academic dress code for the doctors and astrologers implemented from this year according to modern standards. Besides moving with changing times it is also important to enrich the knowledge of Tibetan medicine and astrology as well. Then the chief guest Dr. Tsering Wangchuk, Kalon Health Department congratulated Men-Tsee-Khang College on its 53rd anniversary. Tibetan medicine has served and benefitted people at large. He said that medical ethics is important and should also work more towards awareness programmes regarding the prevention of illnesses etc. Dr. Passang Wangdue, vice principal of the college gave a word of thanks and the ceremony concluded followed by lunch.