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A medical facility operated and managed by the nuns and volunteers of Druk Amitabha Mountain for the benefit of the community under the direction of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa.

Background: Druk White Lotus Clinic

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|The idea to establish a clinic materialised when His Holiness became aware that many people from the region around Druk Amitabha Mountain where suffering needlessly often from easily treatable conditions such as headaches and common colds however quality, accessable medical treatment was always out of reach. There are approximetly VillagerBeingCarriedtoClinic750,000 inhabitants in this region, constituting a quarter of that of the greater Kathmandu. The area around Druk Amitabha Mountain is a series of valleys extending north west from Kathmandu. The inhabitants are simple farmers, families have been in existence for generations and they continue their simple life without the infrastructure that the Kathmandu valley has in place. To avoid having to travel and bear the cost of treatment, local remedies are sort from traditional healers. The situation often escalates into more severe problem, there have been recorded cases of people dying.

The three main impediments for quality medical service in this region are:

Transportation and Logistics. Often there is no direct access into the region, only walking tracks leading from village to village. People are carried in baskets by their relatives for hours or days to reach the nearest road, from there they will commute into Kathmandu. In the wet season the difficulty is three fold as the weather becomes inhospitable and the walking conditions become difficult.

Access to Medical Facilities.The nearest hospital is operated by, and primarily for military personnel, located in Chhauni about 3 hours walk from Druk Amitabha Mountain. Being admitted depends largely on your association with the military services. Other hospitals are further out in the valley, running at maxiumum ocupancy and wait times are long.

Costs. The financial burden is significant just the motorised transportation alone is far greater than what the typical family can afford. Often family members will take up temporary work closer to the Kathmandu valley, for instance crushing stones, transportation of goods or selling their own produce or livestock. It is not uncommon in emergency situation, the entire family is disposed to take up temporry work to cover medical expences.

The Druk White Lotus Clinic will work directly to address these issues, through services involved with making treatment and basic health care accessable to the inhabitants of this region. The vision and wishes of His Holiness will be finally be realised.

Last Updated on 20 June 2010
 

Lineage of the Medicine Buddha

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Gyalwang Drukpa on the Clinic

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|As you know, many people think and feel we Buddhists are not very much into the practice of helping others on the ground and doing humanitarian activities. Buddhists are only interested in practising meditation and developing inner strength. Although this is true, Buddha Shakyamuni also said that one has to practise practical mind of Enlightenment, which is also a path of Bodhisattva. This means that we as a practising Buddhists must also be involved in active humanitarian activities, besides developing our wisdom and inner strength. So I am very happy to be able to start the clinic, the tree planting, helping burned children and all other small projects all over the world with the help of my students and friends in the name of Live to Love. Live to Love is not only my precious little baby, it is a baby for all of you, my friends and students, who are supporting the Drukpa Lineage,GyalwangDrukpa a practical lineage for yogis of the past and today. I am thinking of starting all these projects and activities in a small way and slowly let them grow so that they will benefit many beings.

Besides Marie-Jose de Quevedo and her team in Switzerland who have been helping with the construction of the clinic, so many of my students are friends are very enthusiastic to help to continue and realise the dreams of the clinic. Many of them are qualified professionals and many others are actively fundraising for the clinic equipments, as advised by my trusted panel of doctors and professionals. I am very appreciative about this.

For the sake of the sick beings, in the name of Live to Love for the spreading of the Dragon Lineage, I shall now name this clinic ˜Druk Pema Karpo Clinic in Tibetan and Druk White Lotus Clinic in English, whichever way you call it, its okay. This clinic is a part of Druk Amitabha Mountain, therefore the name and the activities must also be somehow join together. Thanks to everyone who cares about me, about Live to Love, about benefiting others, now finally the clinic will come to materialisation soon.

White Lotus or Pema Karpo is the name of the 4th Gyalwang Drukpa, the greatest Gyalwang Drukpa of all. He had hundreds of thousands of disciples who attained enlightenment within one lifetime, from him, many branch lineages appeared. Every time, I read his biography, I aspire to be like him, so that our lineage will be strong in order to benefit many people, many beings. Not a single moment, I am not concerned about the development of our lineage and the spirituality generally. Deep in my heart, I think Buddhism, in particular the teachings and blessings of our 800 plus years of legacy must be able to communicate and benefit the people of today. White Lotus gives not only the sense of purity, but also the feeling of strength, the strength of a lotus which is able to grow in dirty mud, get the nourishment from the mud like samsara, and grow to be a beautiful lotus that symbolises Enlightenment and the strength and energy of activities that benefit others. Perfect Enlightenment is something that can only be achieved by being involved with devotional understanding of the activities in samsara, without a slight tinge of ego and self.

Many of my friends and colleagues have problems with helpers and sponsors who often want to control them and their projects in the name of helping or in the name of benefiting, and they tend to lose their direction and grip of their own projects that they have started originally to benefit others, then the projects become a power play and a ego show. But I am very happy so far none of my friends and students who have been so helpful for me and my projects have even thought of controlling my projects or controlling my activities or even controlling my followers in the name of helping or supporting. This is why Druk Amitabha Mountain and the activities up here are inspiring many people, because none of the activities are contaminated by individual ego, I would say. I hope this kind of wonderful spirit and attitude which are badly needed for a genuine spiritual community will last forever, at least for my organisations. Helping and benefiting others, if done selflessly and openly, happily and harmoniously, will bring not only tremendous positive impact to others, but also countless merits for oneself.

Last Updated on 20 June 2010
   

Gyalwang Drukpa on Live To Love

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|Tibetan Buddhist masters and followers have always been perceived very much as a closed community, not very much involved with the communal happenings. Live to Love is an idea GyalwangDrukpaL2Lwhich has been in my mind for many years. I feel that both the masters and the followers of our 800 year old Drukpa Lineage must now get ready to expand and extend the idea of Live to Love to everyone in their individual communities, irregardless of faiths, nationalities, cultural backgrounds and other conditions. We do not live in this world independently on our own, and the practice of Bodhicitta essentially requires us to interact with other people and other beings in this universe.

While we continue to engage ourselves in formal spiritual practices, such as group and solitary retreats, mantra recitations, prayers and all other different formal practices, to strengthen our mind and to develop our Bodhicitta, we should also get ourselves ready to face the world we live in with the love that we have developed through these practices, sometimes on our own and sometimes with the support of our gurus and friends. When natural disasters happen in our communities, where are we? When our living environment is increasing facing all kinds of threats, what are we doing to help?

We live to love, and we don't live to hate. It is time to extend this energy of love to everyone in our world and every sentient being that we can imagine. Some people find formal and serious practices very easy to be carried out, but when it comes to interact with others, they are lost and become very frustrated. I hope Live to Love will be able to help everyone, at least those connected with me and my lineage, to open up themselves and to share their love and happiness with all others connected with them.

Whether this little vision of mine will come into materialisation, it all depends on you, my colleagues, my friends and students. I cannot do this on my own. Therefore, although Druk Foundation Ltd. introduced this idea of Live to Love on my behalf in Hong Kong during my birthday celebration in March, this year, I want to launch this in a big way in Ladakh, where the blessings of our forefathers are still active and where this idea of Live to Love is very much needed, because of Ladakhs physical conditions and the insufficient resources that are encountered by many Ladakhi villagers and people.

Although we are a very small community right now, we can start bringing to life this idea of Live to Love by interacting with the people and beings around us, and by being Messengers of Love to any being that comes into contact with us. Sharing with others and expanding our inner love outwardly to others will nourish our own lives.

Live to Love is actually not a new idea. Many Mahayana masters are already doing so in their own communities and countries. Catholic and Christian communities are most notable for this.

To me, with our existing resources, we can start with the following categories, in the practical sense.

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The five hearts represent love from five directions, coming together in unity and harmony. The orange light in the centre represents the sun (of hope), with its glow of sunrays gradually growing to become red, the colour of strength and energy. This symbolises a heart full of love that illuminates from self to others, with the thriving selfless energy to extend love in the form of humanitarian activities to those beings in our world. The external circle which is orange in colour symbolises the perfection of the beneficial activities that are carried out with fearless confidence and definite success.

Some of my colleagues may be able to lead our small community to start some of these beneficial activities, first in a small way, and then see what happens:

  • Education such as building schools (Druk White Lotus School), and eventually being able to provide scholarships
  • Medical Facilities such as the various clinics in the Himalayas, providing the basic medical facilities for the needy and cooperating with other hospitals for relief assistance in other areas of medical expertise
  • Relief and Aid such as providing human resources and other resources for relieving those affected by disasters, whether natural or manmade
  • Heritage such as providing support to preserve the spiritual and cultural heritage of our 800 year legacy, and gradually, depending on our resources, extending this to include others
  • Environment such as educating our communities on environment preservation and waste management
Last Updated on 20 June 2010
 

Be a Benefactor

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Benefactor and Sponsorship.localbaby

  1. Construction projects, site development.
  2. Operating costs
  3. Human Resources
  4. Clinic Establishment and Development ( Service Delivery)
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