Dharamshala: “Despite the global progress in terms of science and technology, human values and moral ethics have gone down rapidly,” remarked Choerig Kalon Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok at the concluding session of the 10th Body, Mind and Life Conference on Mental Health Care for the Elderly.
The conference was organised by the Department of Body, Mind, and Life to address, promote and nurture the wellness of the elderly’s mental health.
After days of discussions and deliberations by eminent speakers and experts, the conference concluded today in the presence of chief guest Kalon Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok of the Department of Religion and Culture.
Kalon in his key-note speech said that the world is dealing with grave problems as consequences of degrading human values and ethics which needed to be recovered and restored through education. This restoration of human values said Choerig Kalon must be done purely as an academic subject without complexities of religious belief.
Kalon further noted that the disintegration of human values is catastrophic for the survival of mankind and no amount of material progress alone can sustain a quality life.
Speaking on the collaboration of modern and traditional medical sciences, Kalon claimed that Men-Tsee-Khang is the precise place, to begin with as it holds Tibet’s ancient knowledge and practice of medicines relevant even today.
Kalon also emphasised that Men-Tsee-Khang should put an effort into standardising medical terms in the Tibetan language without having to borrow English terms.
In addition to that, Kalon called for the implementation of health education for the elderly so they won’t have to deal with health-related issues in isolation, fear, and anxiety.
The three-day conference hosted by the Department of Body, Mind, and Life concluded with the ceremonial felicitation of speakers and participants by Choerig Kalon.