Tibetan Medicine and Astro. Institute Celebrates Golden Jubilee Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 5:30 p.m.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama lights butter lamp at the Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute to celebrate 50 years of its establishment.

DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama today visited Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute to celebrate 50 years of its establishment on 23rd March 1961 in Dharamsala. 

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the occasion said, “Our Sowa Rigpa benefits whole human kind, Tibetan Medicine gives it medical service to whole of human kind, so the staff in the Men-Tsee-Khang should work harder with a wider perspective”.  He said, there should be thousands of medical doctors graduating from the institute to benefit the people. 

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute has been a successful institute for preserving and promoting Tibetan medicine and astrology. However it still has to improve more and develop further on a larger scale”.  His Holiness said, “One should not be content with any endeavour. One should improve and learn new knowledge”. 

 His Holiness said, doctors should use their personal learning through experience and should record that knowledge for sharing and exchange with other doctors. Their knowledge should be helpful to the institute, added His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

 His Holiness further said that the doctors should always have an altruistic mind with a human touch to cure the patients more effectively.  Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche on the occasion said, Central Tibetan Administration has great expectation from TMAI as it has legal support from the Government of India which facilitates new opportunities to develop and innovate. 

 Dr. Rajeev Bindal, Himachal Pradesh Health Minister, present as the distinguished guest, congratulated TMAI for its golden jubilee celebration and for the number of medical and astrological publications made by the institute. 

 Dr. Rajeev Bindal said, “We (TMAI and HP Govt.) can work hand-in-hand to develop Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine to benefit human kind”. 

 TMAI has presented a grand photo exhibition showcasing photos of Men-Tsee-Khang's developments and working, and displayed scroll paintings of Tibetan medical practices, herbal medicines, astrological presentations and records of patients with their personal views on medication by the TMAI, and many other presentations. 

 Today's celebration included presentation of tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the pioneer staff members of the institute, presentation of awards to staff members for more than two decade's service, launch of new publications of TMAI, award distribution to 2010 student toppers and the launch of Men-Tsee website of the TMAI. 

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