Outreach tour to Australia

This year marks the centenary of Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical & Astro Institute, a charitable institution based in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India. The institute was founded by the 13th Dalai Lama in Lhasa in 1916.  To celebrate the centenary an outreach program was organized in Australia.  Dr. Tsewang Tamdin visiting physician of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, visited Australia from 23 June to 14 July, 2016.

Dr. Tsewang Tamdin toured Brisbane, Canberra, New Castle, Adelaide and Sydney, giving a series of well-attended lectures on Tibetan medicine and the Tibetan Medical & Astro. Institute in India. There was great interest in Tibetan medicine among the audience.

On Wednesday 22 June, Dr Tamdin was met at the airport and welcomed to Brisbane for a series of lectures and consultations.  The next day he was driven to Chenrezig Institute for a Festival of Tibetan Medicine and was welcomed by Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim.  On Friday 24th June, Dr Tamdin conducted health consultations to around 25 people according to traditional Tibetan Medicine practice. On Friday evening he gave a very interesting lecture about Men-Tsee-Khang and ‘Caring for Mental Illness in Traditional Medical Practice’.  This topic is of great interest to many in the Australian community and was well attended.

More health consultations to Sangha, Tibetan community and local people were conducted on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, Dr Tamdin presented a lecture especially requested by Queensland students of Tibetan Medicine on ‘Pulse Diagnosis and Urine Analysis in Tibetan Medicine’.  The knowledge and experience of Dr Tamdin was highly valued by all. 

The Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction were held on Saturday evening. A delicious three course Tibetan style dinner was held in the Big Love Café at Chenrezig. Many wonderful items donated by Men-Tsee-Khang were made available to those present.

On Sunday morning, Dr Tamdin again conducted Tibetan Medicine consultations followed by a lecture on ‘Aging in a Healthy Way’ on Sunday afternoon.  This was the conclusion of the 3 days at Chenrezig Center and there was an opportunity to convey the appreciation of all who had benefitted from the healing treatments and the lectures.

Dr Tamdin continued his busy schedule with a trip back to Brisbane for a lecture to the University of Queensland Medical Society. This was conducted at the Health Sciences Building, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. The topic was ‘Role of Tibetan Medicine in the West’ and the medical students were impressed by the preventative and holistic nature of Tibetan Medicine.

On Monday 27th June Dr Tamdin was driven to the airport for the next leg of his tour in Canberra from 28 to 29 June.  On behalf of the Australian Tibetan Medicine Association and all those who were able to have some contact with Dr Tamdin over these few days, everyone felt very fortunate to have been able to learn and benefit from such a skilled, experienced and kind doctor who presented a wonderful role model for all practitioners. He also gave public talk on How to maintain good health according to Tibetan traditional system of health care. 

During his visit, Dr Tamdin also joined Australia’s largest Tibetan community in Sydney for the 81st Birthday celebrations of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on July 6.  He was in Sydney from 1 to 2 July and in New Castle from 4 to 5 July.  In New Castle he gave a public talk on how to maintain a healthy body and mind in traditional Tibetan medicine.  While in Adelaide the doctor gave talks on ‘Caring for Mental Illness in Traditional Medical Practice’, ‘Pulse Diagnosis and Urine Analysis, 'how to maintain a healthy body and mind', and ‘Aging in a Healthy Way’ according to Tibetan medicine during his four days (7 - 10 July) tour there.  From 11 July he visited Sydney Drogmi Buddhist Centre and during his 3 days there he provided health care service to the interested people.  He gave a talk at the Nature Cure College on Tibetan Medicine in West.  On 14 July he visited the Rigpa Centre and gave a presentation on how to maintain a healthy body and mind according to Tibetan medicine. 

The Australia outreach tour was possible with the support provided by the Tibet Culture Centre (TCC) in Canberra, which coordinated the visit, the Australian Tibetan Medicine Association, and the Chenrezig Centre in Queensland, Tibetan Communities in Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle, the Rigpa Centres in Australia, the Tibetan Buddhist Institute in South Australia, the Theo Multicultural Centre in the ACT and the Drogmi Buddhist Institute in NSW.  Our greatest appreciation to Dr. Katie Maclehan, Tenzin, Ann Kally, and Men-Tsee-Khang former staff (Dr. Pema Yangchen, Dr. Ngadon, Lubum, Dubgyu Nyima, Dr. Chodon, and Tsering Lhamo). 

Men-Tsee-Khang would like to thank all the organizers, centers, Institute, and individual who made this outreach programme successful.