Becoming a monk at the age of 32 was like enrolling in post-graduate studies in medicine, said Gyatso.
To him, Buddhism is the "missing link" in medicine.
"After five years of working as a doctor I knew that the basis of people's problems, both mental and physical, was in their own minds," Gyatso said.
While he enjoyed his time as a medical doctor, he has not been involved in any physical practice for a long time.
"The only way we can really help people is to help them sort out their minds and to do that you have to sort out your own mind first," Gyatso said.
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Spiritual healing — how Doctor Adrian Feldmann became Buddhist monk Thubten Gyatso