Outreach tour to USA West Coast

To mark the 101 Founding Anniversary of Men-Tsee-Khang, outreach tour to USA West Coast was organized by Men-Tsee-Khang from 15 September to 17 October, 2017. The tour was headed by Dr. Tenzin Nyima, Chief Resident Doctor of Majnu-Ka-Tilla, Delhi; accompanied by Tibetan Astro-Science Practitioner (TASP) Mrs. Lhamo Yangchen, Astro. Department; Mrs. Tsering Tsomo, Account Section and Mrs. Tenzin Dickey, Branch Manager, Dharamsala.

The team toured Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco Bay Areas in Northern California, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in Southern California. Lectures on Tibetan medicine and Astro-Science, Health consultations, oral-astro consultations and exhibitions on Tibetan medicine and Astro-Science were carried out during the 33-day tour.

In Seattle, the Tibetan weekend school and Sakya monastery housed the programme from 16-20 September with help of Tibetan Association of Washington State. The doctor consulted 28 patients and Astro-Science practitioner gave 4 oral-astro consultations.

The next city to visit was Portland in Oregon State where the team successfully organized health consultations, oral-astro consultations and exhibition on Tibetan medicine and Astro-Science assisted by North West Tibetan Association. Dr. Tenzin Nyima gave a health talk on an introduction to Tibetan medicine and TASP Mrs. Lhamo Yangchen spoke on an Introduction to Tibetan Astro-Science. There were around 30 Tibetan gathered for the talks at the community hall. At Maitripa College, the doctor gave a lecture on Tibetan medical approach on modern illness while Tibetan Astro-Science practitioner talked on an introduction to Tibetan Astro-Science which was attended by 50 interested college students. The team was also invited to speak at Dzogchen Buddhist centre at Eugene where around 50 foreign students actively took participation in it. In Portland, 41 patients received health consultations and 15 individuals were provided with oral-astro consultations. 

In San Francisco, Dr. Tenzin Nyima consulted 55 patients and 11 person received oral-astro consultations. On the auspicious day of Lha-Kar, the doctor gave a talk on indigestion- root cause of all the internal disorders and Tibetan Astro-Science practitioner spoke on an introduction to Tibetan Astro-Science at an event organized by Tibetan Association of Northern California.

On 10 October, the event was hosted by Thepo Tulku in Santa Barbara where lectures on Tibetan medicine and Tibetan Astro-Science were presented to around 100 people gathered at the Unity Hall. A total no of 20 health consultations and 12 oral-astro consultations were given. The team was also requested to give talk at an event in Ojio on 11 October which was arranged by Dorjee.

The outreach tour concluded at Los Angeles and Orange County in Southern California where the team organized the programmes at Chokhor Gepel ling, Land of Compassion Buddha, Nechung Dharamapala Centre, Culver City, Thubten Dhargye Ling, and Geden Shoeling Buddhist Studies Centre. About 44 patients received health consultations and 39 individual were provided with oral-astro consultations. The programme was successful owing to the support from Tibetan Association of Southern California.

Men-Tsee-Khang would like to express its deepest appreciation and gratitude to the Tibetan Association of Washington State, Sakya monastery in Seattle; North West Tibetan Cultural Association, Yangsi Rinpoche of Maitripa College, Khenpo Choga Rinpoche of Dzogchen Buddhist Centre, Tibetan Association of Northern California, Thepo Tulku, Tibetan Association of Southern California, Chokhor Gepel ling, Nechung Dharamapala Centre, Land of Compassion Buddha, Thubten Dhargye Ling and Geden Shoeling for their immense support  in organizing all the programmes at different states of USA West Coast.