Tibetan Medical Centre
Chodrak Monastery has a small medical centre that
is run by three resident lamas who practise traditional Tibetan medicine. The
monks and Chodrak residents have access to traditional medical treatment,
which mainly consists of herbal remedies, meditation and spiritual healing.
The lamas rely on pulse diagnosis as their main diagnostic tool. There is
also a small pharmacy that dispenses Tibetan medicine.
The Chodrak Monastery Medical Centre is of the
utmost importance to the residents of Chodrak because of the crisis in
medical treatment for the residents of remote areas of Kham. This crisis has
been succinctly describes by a Western volunteer health worker in eastern
‘The remote clinics have never been able to provide
more than the most basic treatment, but that treatment was at least free in the
early Communist decades when they were set up. No more: as china’s public
services struggle to clear long standing debts, the cost of health care is
spiralling. City entrepreneurs have money, state employees have some basic
health insurance. Tibetan farmers and nomads don’t, and untold numbers die
each year from curable diseases.
Even for those who can afford treatment, rural clinics
are ill-equipped to treat serious disease or injury. A trip to the nearest
hospital may involve one or more days’ travel on rough roads in areas poorly
served by public transport. To get better treatment in Chengdu, the
provincial capital, would add several more days on the road and could cost
many times the average rural Tibetan family’s annual income. It’s not even an
Tibetan people live in tough conditions in a
predominantly cold climate at high altitude, with limited food resources. The
main health problems include arthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease
and diabetes which largely remain undetected die to lack of modern diagnostic
tools and health screening programmes. The medical workers at Chodrak
Monastery provide treatment to the residents of Chodrak at heavily subsidised
rates, thus offering a means of alleviating disease that they could not
otherwise afford. Without the monastery’s subsidies, the majority of people
would be forced to forego any medical treatment.
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For those who live in the outlying areas of Chodrak,
the situation is even more grim. With no cash income, there is no money to
pay even 10 or 20 Chinese yuan for medical treatment. In December, 2004,
Venerable Lama Karma Rabten, the Vajra Master of Chodrak Monastery, wrote to
Venerable Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche, seeking his assistance in establishing a
free medical clinic that would provide treatment to those in the outlying
areas of Chodrak, who either could not reach the monastery or afford to pay
the minimal charges for medicine. Prior to completing seven years in secluded
retreat, Venerable Lama Karma Rabten studied traditional Tibetan and Chinese
medicine and modern medical practice for ten years. It was during his
meditative retreat that Venerable Lama Karma Rabten had the realisation of
the need for his compassionate activity to benefit the most deprived people
of this region of Kham.
For four years, Venerable Lama Karma Rabten has
been running his free clinic by himself, using his personal funds to purchase
medicine and cover his travelling costs. He is in dire need of assistance if
he to be able to continue his invaluable work for the people of Kham.
Venerable Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche has undertaken to provide any assistance that
he can. Any financial assistance that you may be able to offer Venerable Lama
Karma Rabten would be received with heartfelt gratitude.
Venerable Lama Karma Rabten