Mentsee Khang Marks its 101st Founding Anniversary.

March 29, 2017

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 101st founding anniversary of Mentsee Khang, 30 March 2017.

DHARAMSHALA: Mentsee Khang, the premier institute for traditional Tibetan Medicine and Astrology marked its 101st anniversary of establishment by the 13th Dalai Lama in Lhasa, Tibet in 1916.

The event also marked the 56 years of re-establishing of Men-Tsee-Khang by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India and 321 years of establishing the Chagpori Medical College in Lhasa, Tibet by His Holiness the fifth Dalai Lama.

The chief guest at the ceremony Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, accompanied by Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk, Department of Health, other dignitaries at the ceremony includes Mr. Kargyu Dhondup, Chief Justice Commissioner, Justice Commissioners: Ngawang Choedak Choetri Tengpa and Dr. Ngawang Rabgyal, Secretaries of various departments of the Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan Parliamentarians.

In his inaugural address to the gathering comprising of Tibetan doctors, astrologers and students, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang urged them to strive towards delivering quality healthcare service with morals of compassion and altruism. He urged the institute to work towards keeping its legacy alive to continue to serve humanity.

We must not forget the aims and intentions of the founding members of the institution when they first started their work in preserving our traditional medical system as per His Holiness's wishes. Keeping that in mind, doctors and staff currently working must work with same dedication, compassion and spirit of altruism. if we do that it would add to the already improving healthcare system."

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay presenting an award to Mentsee Khang staff for 20 and 30 years of service in the institute.

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay launches new publications of Mentsee khang.

Sikyong recollected the early reestablishment of Mentsee Khang in Dharamshala by His Holiness the Dalai Lama 56 years ago with only one doctor and four students. Today the institute has grown into a premier medical institute with strength of 697 employees and students and 55 branch clinics in India and abroad.

Speaking at the inauguration, Health Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk acknowledged the immense work done by the institute and the success it had achieved in the last 101 years.The mentsee khang should continue to serve the health care needs of the Tibetan community with the joint efforts of traditional Tibetan medicine and western medicine, he said.

Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk stressed the need for more research work to keep it going with the time. "It should also look into the possibilities of enhancing its awareness drives by combining both the modern and traditional systems while educating the populace of schools and monasteries."

During the ceremony, graduating students were awarded certificates and several members of the institute were presented mementos of appreciation for their service.

Men-Tsee-Khang also launched books and documentation including one on Yoga and five new herbal-based products including syrups for cold and flu and dental soother.

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay presenting an award to Mentsee Khang staff for 20 and 30 years of service in the institute.