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Dalai Lama calls for better care of the sick and destitute in Tibetan settlements


Dharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said he is seeing deplorable health situations in Tibetan settlements and called for better care and services to sick and destitute people.

There are many sick and destitute Tibetans in the settlements. I can see that there are no facilities for taking precautions to prevent disease,” said the Dalai Lama, who was speaking on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute.

The negligence by the Health Department of the Central Tibetan Administration is obvious in the settlements, he said, adding that efforts must be made to improve the situation.

We need to be practical. Feel-good appearances will not help. That will be empty glory,” He added.

“We have sustained thus far. To think that it will be alright in the future as well will be wrong. You have to take responsibility and be careful, and try to stop where things are going wrong.”

He also expressed deep concern about the declining moral values among the Tibetans.

We speak about good moral character and behavior, but in reality, these are degenerating in our society,” the Dalai Lama rued.

The institute was founded by the 13th Dalai Lama in Lhasa in 1916. Following his escape to India in 1959 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama re-established the institution here in Dharamsala on 23 March 1961.

The Institute was started with Dr Yeshi Dhonden, who was then the Dalai Lama’s personal physician and an astrologer with ten students in Dharamsala.

At the event, the Dalai Lama felicitated Dr Dhonden with a warm embrace and presented him a thangka ( a traditional and sacred scarf).

The Dalai Lama lauded the achievements of the institute but said that much still need to be done. “I see many sick and destitute people in the settlements. It is clear that the services of Men-Tsee-Khang have not reached these people.”

The event was attended by Himachal Pradesh forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri and Ayurveda minister Karan Singh. Sikyong (Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration) Lobsang Sangay, and Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Penpa Tsering, were also present.

The event also commemorates 320 years of establishment of the Chagpori Medical College in Lhasa, Tibet, by the fifth Dalai Lama, and 55 years of re-establishing Men-Tsee-Khang by the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. (IANS)

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Dalai Lama says that India and China have great potential

The spiritual leader feels that both the countries are doing compassionate works

Dalai Lama talks about India and China
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai says that India and China can work together. VOA

New Delhi, Nov 19

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China have “great potential” and they could work together at a “practical level”.

“I think, a great potential… India and China combined are doing more compassionate work… At a practical level also. Imagine two billion people working together,” he told reporters here after inaugurating Smile Foundation’s initiative, The World of Children.

The spiritual leader, who has lived in India in self-imposed exile since 1959, said neither country had the “ability to destroy the other”.

“Whether you like it or not, you have to live side by side,” he said.

Underlining the ancient spiritual connection between the two countries, he said Chinese Buddhist Hsuan Tsang visited Nalanda (now in Bihar) and brought Nalanda Buddhist traditions to China.

“All thinkers of Nalanda are Indian. So Nalanda’s tradition is India’s tradition,” he said.

The Nalanda traditions had turned Tibetans, who were warriors, into more compassionate, peaceful and non-violent nation, he said.

“So sometimes in Delhi, teasing my Indian friend, (I say) if Tibet still remained in the previous way of life, like Mongols, Chinese invasion may not have taken place,” the Dalai Lama said in a lighter vein.

He said nobody in the world wanted violence but it was happening “because our minds are dominated by destructive emotions due to short-sightedness”.

“Nobody wants problems. Yet, many problems are our own creation.”

The Dalai Lama said the existing modern education was oriented to material values. India can take lead in improving the education system by combining modern education with ancient knowledge, he said. (IANS)

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