The 3 Pillars of Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute

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The 3 Pillars of Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute

Post by phantom59 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:23 pm

Having a college where doctors can train, clinics for the sick to find healing, and a pharmacy to provide the medicines is Chagpori's basic requirement. Chagpori provides Tibetan medical health care regardless of colour, creed, caste, religion

In November 1992 with the blessings of HH the Dalai Lama, the new Chagpori Medical College - now known as Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute (CTMI) - was inaugurated at Darjeeling, India, in commemoration of Chagpori, Lhasa, Tibet.

Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche had spent many years waiting for this day.
He had originally hoped to establish the new Chagpori in Nepal, but despite the expenditure of considerable time and money it was impossible to achieve. In 1989 his brother Tashi resigned from his job in order to help. Rinpoche took students into the family house in Darjeeling in 1990, and in 1992 the school came a step closer when it moved for three years into Hawk’s Nest, a property of one of the Board members, also in Darjeeling. Even after the CTMI was officially established and formally recognised, Rinpoche continued looking in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and Sikkim and finally, after consultation with other high lamas, the present location at Takdah was chosen.

Chagpori Tibetan Medical College is at this moment located at Takdah Cantonment, about twenty-seven kilometres from Darjeeling.
The College has been training students since 1992. The students have to complete five years of studies after which they have one year of internship. During the first five years they study the theory and basics of Tibetan medicine and also Tibetan grammar and English.
During the internship period the students are given the opportunity to learn the different aspects of clinical practice and medicine-making. Throughout the entire period emphasis is also on the study and practice of the Medicine Buddha rituals and dharma teachings related to healing. These are the important aspects which characterise the Chagpori system of medicine.

In the present fourth intake (or batch as it is usually known in India) there are nine students, mainly nuns. As there are only a few lady doctors in our community, we sincerely hope that they will be of benefit to all. They completed their medical studies in December 2009. From March 2008 we admitted fifteen new students for the fifth intake. We are still looking for sponsors for the students who are not able to cover the expenses of their studies.

In 2011 Admission for the sixth intake of students is scheduled in June .

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