Saturday 20 October 2018

Impressions of 64th Wellbeing Tibetan Medical Camp, September 5 – 7, 2018 at Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA) at Sylviander House

After a heavy monsoon with floods all around Kerala, finally the sun appeared to dry the roads and the muddy land. Life came back to quite normal to make it possible for the patients to attending the 64th Wellbeing Tibetan Medical Camp at the Sylviander House. 

With Dr. Dorjee Rapten had come the accompanying doctor Dr. Yangchen Dolkar, who once was asked to listen to the doctor’s pulse.

The stuff members Tenzin Yeshi and Tenzin Gesar were busy with writing the bills and distributing the medicines. 

Often friends who don’t know Tibetan medicine ask me about it, how it looks, how to take, how it tastes …? 

Beside different powders which is to put in warm water and then to drink, most of the medicines are small balls in various sizes and colors of all tones from brown to black, which have to be crashed, then to drink with warm water. 

The taste of these pills vary, some are bitter, some less – this is difficult to describe.

Thanks to the sunny weather it was pleasant for the patients to wait, sitting on the terrace with the view to the garden with the pond and the biotope behind … 

As always our sister in law came for consultation, but that day she had a big surprise …

Her husband – Alexander’s eldest brother – accompanied her, who is not interested in taking Tibetan medicine, but wanted to have read the pulse that day …

While the consultations went on smoothly, Suresh Babu was coordinating the patients, answering their questions, giving briefing to them if wished so, translating for patients who not speak english … 

And as always the head of the Wellbeing Camp Sethu Das was sitting concentrated at his laptop to make sure, that the whole event takes place without any delays. 

Since Suresh Babu was asked to write the report for Friends of Tibet, he spontaneously decided to make an interview with me …

Please see the 64th Wellbeing Camp Report | (September 2018)
Healing Influence of Tibetan Holistic Medicine 
(Alappuzha, Kerala | Sept 2018 | Report: Suresh Babu | Editing: Bina Nayak)

– Photographs by Sylvie Bantle and Sethu Das –

The 65th Wellbeing Tibetan Medical Camp 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 will be held end on October 31 - November 2, 2018 (Wed-Fri). The venue for the medical camp is Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA), Sylviander Land, Chettikad Beach Road, Alappuzha, Kerala, India.
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