DHARAMSHALA – The Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, also known as Men-Tsee-Khang celebrated its centennial anniversary today, with a special ceremony at the Tsuklakhang.
The event also marked 320 years of establishing the Chagpori Medical College in Lhasa, Tibet by His Holiness the fifth Dalai Lama and 55 years of re-establishing Men-Tsee-Khang by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama joined the celebration as the guest of honour. Other guests included the Forest Minister Sri Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Ayurvedia Minister Sri Karan Singh, Member of Legislative Assembly Sri Ravi Thakur, Russian Deputy Mr Irinchey Matkhanov with wife Ms Darima Matkhanova, Chairman of Friends of Men-Tsee-Khang Dr P K Sandell, Executive Director of Save Tibet Foundation in Russia Ms Julia Zhironkina and representatives of the Central Tibetan Administration were also present at the event.
The guest of honour, His Holiness the Dalai Lama acknowledged the progress and achievement of the institute in the last 55 years. He stressed the need for more research based discussions and debates between the Tibetan and western medicine science, “Tibetan medicine is one of the greatest traditions, deeply influenced by Buddhist practice and the principle of compassion. An integration of Tibetan medicine with western medicine can build a holistic system that can be of immense benefit to the world.”
His Holiness urged the health officers to address the lack of precaution and preventive measures in Tibetan health facilities and called for serious efforts in improving public health.
Ayurveda Minister Sri Karan Singh applauded Men-Tsee-Khang’s contribution in promoting accessible healthcare and services. “Men-Tsee-Khang has been working dedicatedly in providing health services to the poor and needy. Men-Tsee-Khang has been practicing therapies that arose from practical experience and gradually formed the basis for the art of healing over the years,“ he said.
The Health kalon Dr Tsering Wangchuk apprised the gathering about the collaborative efforts of the Department of Health with the Men-Tsee-Khang in facilitating a holistic medical environment in the Tibetan communities.
The centenary is also being celebrated with several outreach and commemorative events, both in India and outside, commented the Director Mr Tashi Tsering Phuri.
Men-Tsee-Khang also known as the Tibetan Medical and Astrological institute was founded by the 13th Dalai Lama, in Lhasa in 1916. In the aftermath of the Chinese occupation of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came to India where he re-established the institution on 23 March, 1961. The Institute initially started with a doctor and an astrologer with ten students in two separate campuses in Dharamshala. In 1967, the two schools were merged together as Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute in Mecleod Ganj and shifted to the present location in 1982 where the Headquarter of the institutes operates. At present Men-Tsee-Khang is a full-fledged institute with a work force of 140 doctors, 17 astrologers, 274 staff members.