Compassion in Action: The Well-Being Free Medical Camp
Vihar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India — 14 February, 2017
essence of the mahayana teachings is bodhichitta, the wish to attain full awakening
so we have the capacity to truly benefit others. From the very beginning of
entering the path, the focus is on others: there is not only the wish to help
them but the actual engagement in specific activities. For many years now, the
Kagyu Monlam has sponsored medical care for the local population, following the
Karmapa’s directive: “When we do something for people, we have to do it
genuinely as if we are doing it for ourselves.”
first three days of the camp, called the Multi-Specialty Medical Camp, are held
in conjunction with Max India Foundation. It has won many awards for its
Corporate Social Responsibility, which focuses on healthcare for the
underprivileged. Its CEO, Mohini Daljeet Singh, has come each year to Bodh Gaya
to oversee the camp and meet with the Karmapa. Among the large network of Max
Hospitals in India, this year she sent out a request to the Max Hospital in
east Delhi, and six doctors responded with the wish to participate. Many of
them had already staffed in free clinics in the Delhi area and their
specialties covered pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, and general
participating in the camp are three Tibetan women doctors trained in allopathic
medicine from Sikkim, and eight Tibetan nurses from Delhi and Sikkim, who are
followers of the Karmapa. Finally and importantly, there are two senior doctors
from the local Gaya Medical College, who will help during the camp and also
with the people who need follow-up care. Near the Monlam Pavilion, easily accessible
to the participants is the Tibetan Medical Camp, where Tibetan medical doctors
provide free diagnosis and medicines as well as two Tibetan physiotherapists
offering their services. In total, there are fifty people volunteering at the
camps this year.
the Karmapa’s Office of Administration, Lhakpa Tsering for many years now has
been organizing the camp, which this time extends from February 14 to 18. The
day starts at 9 am and finishes around 5 pm or when all the patients have been
taken care of. To let people know about the camp, for days beforehand a vehicle
with a recorded announcement has circulated through Bodh Gaya and the
surrounding ten villages and leaflets in Hindi have been distributed in a
year, Lhakpa Tsering explained, they have tried to develop their services and
add value to what they are doing. This year, in addition to diagnosis,
counseling, free medicine, and hospital referrals, they have added the
awareness of preventative measures people can take to improve their health. The
nurses have prepared presentations in Hindi, and in the main hall where the
camp takes place, short movies are continually shown, covering topics such as
the dangers of smoking, the importance of hand-washing, breast cancer and TB awareness
as well as how to prevent malaria, hepatitis, and typhoid. Also new this year
is free diagnostic testing on the advice of the doctors.
this first day of the camp, some 100 people have arrived in the morning on a
large white bus. Separated into lines of men and women, who often have children
in their arms or by their sides, they are lined up in front of a long table
where three nurses take their initial information. The patients range in age
from two to ninety-one. Afterward they move inside to have their vital signs
taken and then watch the informative films while waiting see a doctor. On this
first day 600 people received medical care, and that number or more are
expected for the remaining days.
in the morning the Karmapa arrived to tour the facilities and meet the staff.
He was welcomed by Mohini Singh and Lhakpa Tsering, and invited inside to see
the pharmacy and meet the staff. He entered each of the four offices, greeted
all the doctors, and then walked across the street to visit the Akong Tulku
Rinpoche Memorial Soup Kitchen, located at a Buddhist monastery near the
medical camp, so that patients waiting to return home can have a meal.(**) The
head monk greeted the Karmapa and they walked together to the outdoor shrine
with a lovely statue of the Buddha to whom the Karmapa offered a white scarf.
He then proceeded to view the kitchen, peering into the bags of cabbages and
carrots and greeting the workers, before posing for a group photo with all the
volunteers. With the Karmapa’s presence and blessing, there was a feeling of
quiet joy that the camp had gotten off to a wonderful start.
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"It has been 17 years since I myself came to India. Personally, during this period, there have been some difficult times. But since I came, India has helped me develop my spiritual powers including patience," Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, told PTI in an interview.
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