Zanskar: His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurated Zanskar Health Care & Sowa Rigpa Research Institute, Padum, Zanskar, Ladakh on 16 July 2017.
His Holiness landed safely in Zanskar around 7.45 on Sunday morning. His Holiness drove to health care centre from helipad and laid the foundation stone of the Hospital. He had a brief discussion with doctors of both ayurvedic and allopathic.
His Holiness greeted people of Zanskar and thanked people behinds the success of this health care centre for their endeavor effort.
DC and SSP of Kargil, Executive Councilor of Kargil, President of Zanskar Buddhist Association and Zanskar Gompa Association members are present at the inauguration.
“Zanskar people are part of 7 billion people in this world. Everywhere in this world development takes place mainly due to education. Likewise people living around Himalayan region are also developing.” His Holiness said during inaugural ceremony.
His Holiness recounting the origination of Buddhism from India to Tibet said, “There are five major sciences in Buddhism, of that study of medicine (Sowa Rigpa) and study of Buddhism (Nangdhon Rigpa) becomes most important of all.”
His Holiness appealed for the institute to become bigger and then educate and practice Sowa Rigpa here.
His Holiness urged people of Zanskar to stay unity and harmony without discrimination basis on religious, sex, color, race, etc. “Sadly these days, there are divisions among different religion in this world, but India becomes exemplary to the world regarding religious harmony.” His Holiness said.
Ven. Lama Chosphel Zotpa, Chairman of Zankskar Health Care and Sowa Rigpa Research Institute read a brief report on the construction and account details of the institute.
The literal meaning of Zanskar in Bhoti language is the land of white copper. It is one of the remotest areas in India with poor medical facilities. There are around 20,000 resident with only pre-primary health centre set up by Govt of India. Due to poor transportation and communication system, Zanskar is deprived of modern medical facilities.
His Holiness witnessed Zanskar health care system and living condition so modest that he wish to establish a hospital having combination of allopathic and ayurvedic (Sowa Rigpa). He promised that the Dalai Lama trust would arrange funding.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama did consecration and laid foundation stone at construction site in 2012.
The construction work started in 2013. It took three years to complete under supervision of Ven. Lama Chosphel Zotpa. It has 26 rooms including one conference hall.
The Health care centre collaborates with various organisation to provide top notch medical facility and treatment for patients. Some of collaborators are Tibetan Children Education Foundation USA, Italian National Dental Foundation Italy, Chinese Medicine with Dr Edward Yap from Singapore, Sowa Rigpa Medicine and assistant received from government of India.
-Report filed by Correspondent Tenzin Phende-