Wednesday 1 February 2017

Impressions of 54th Wellbeing Tibetan Medical Camp, January 11 – 13, 2017 at Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA) at Sylviander House

As I thankfully witness every morning the first sunlight dipping all the green around Sylviander House in a golden gleam, I did so at the first morning of the 54th Wellbeing Camp, when the sunrise‘s reflexion on the nature created a remarkably mystic moment …

We expected a row of unusual changes. Before all, Sethu Das couldn‘t make it to come. Eswar Anandan with the assistence of Alexander and volunteers managed the schedule smoothly.  

The next unusually incident was, that this time Dr. Dorjee would be the only doctor, accompanied by 2 new staff members, Lhawang Bhuti and Easmay Wangmo, who is a nun. 

The 3rd unusual change was in the kitchen. Alexanders elder sister Amini will be our cook for the Wellbeing Camp.

A great surprise appeared with Mrinalini, my good friend, who knows a lot about healing plants. She had come to consult Dr. Dorjee. We haven‘t seen us about 2 years – we both don‘t know it exactly. 

Some years back already she had shown me some medicinal plants in our garden. On this visit she suddenly discovered another plant near the kitchen verandah, which I sometimes pull out, cluelessly thinking it was just weed. But now I learned about the power of this plant, helping to cure kidney problems. 
{more on my blog from 2013: (Label) nature – (Post Title) Lecture of Mrinalini Rajgopal on healing plants in our surroundings}

The camp went on in a peaceful atmosphere, patients came to meet with Dr. Dorjee and the team was quite busy with counting and packing the medicines. 

While waiting, patients never get bored, it is a good chance for having a talk. Sometimes Alexander is free and will join the conversations … 

Eswar had informed me already about a special guest, whom he had invited. I should take some pictures while Yazin T Azad, who is a volunteer with Friends of Tibet, should make an interview. 

Finally the special guest arrived: Nirmal Antony! His wife Simi accompanied him. He is a musician, the drummer of the know music band Wrenz. 
For the interview we choosed the cool and airy place upstairs.
This interview will be online soon:

Nirmal Antony has been part of the professional music scene since 1992. Starting with the then popular rock band Wrenz, he has performed with musicians in India and around the world. 

He is also a supporter of the Tibet cause and is a campaigner of Friends of Tibet. In 2016 during a performance in one of the most popular music shows in Kerala, Wrenz dedicated the song »Paradise named Tibet« written by Eswar Anandan to the Tibet Cause – Friends of Tibet. 
Friends of Tibet - Wrenz - Music Mojo Season 4 - KappaTV

Of course Nirmal Antony and his wife Simi had the tea break with us in the kitchen …

And of course Dr. Dorjee made us laughing with his dramatic humor as so many times during the breaks in the kitchen … 

Before Nirmal and Simi left, we arranged a group photo infront of Dr. Dorjee‘s consulting room and then said good bye.

The Wellbeing Camp went on …

Eswar and Lhawang Bhuti were constantly busy in the entrance hall …

Outside on the groundfloor veranda, Easmay Wangmo and Tenzin Gesar were always moving around in search for the right medicines in the storing boxes.

Easmay Wangmo is the 1st nun visiting the Sylviander House. It was interesting to talk to her. May be we see her again and then would make an interview with her …

Sometimes a patient arrives, who is not able to walk out of the car. Then Dr. Dorjee will listen to the pulse and discuss with the relatives infront of the Sylviander House.

Finally he had to treat Eswar‘s foot with a hot brick piece, which became a bit painful. That is why I focussed on his foot only. 

Anyway, a short time later we could see a happy Eswar during the tea break.

And for the end of this report, there was another unsual feature: Full moon!

See the report for Friends of Tibet, January 2017 from Yazin T Azad
"The Energy of Tibetan Spirituality Is More Powerful than Any Weapon": Nirmal Antony. Full interview: 

See also the report for Friends of Tibet, November 2016 from Victoria Sheldon: 

The Wellbeing Tibetan Medical Camp is organised jointly by ‘Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing’ and ‘Men-Tsee-Khang’, the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The next Wellbeing Camp will be held in beginning of March  2017, the venue is Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA), Sylviander House, Chettikad Beach Road, Alappuzha, Kerala, India. 

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