In September, 2016, KF India partnered with Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute (DKCLI) in Chauntra, HP, to pioneer the way monasteries interact with lay communities, globally and locally.
The 5th Khyentse Foundation India Medical Week began on September 24th, 2016, and will continue until October 1. The camp has now moved from DKCLI’s campus to a clinic in lower Chauntra for better access for the villagers. This years camp is located in staffed by Dr. Abhishek Sharma and nurse Lhamo Dolma of the DKCLI clinic, with the support of KF India Administrative Manager Uma Pitta and DKCLI Manager Tashi Norbu. In 2015, 487 people were treated for a variety of conditions including ear nose and throat problems, urinary tract infections (UTI), asthma, allergies, skin conditions, low appetite, gastritis, cold, flu, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), back pain, leg pain, constipation, diarrhea, stomach inflammation, anemia, and scabies. This year, the camp was expected to reach 1,200 people.
One of the most direct ongoing ways in which DKCLI connects with the people who live nearby is by offering medical services through its on-campus medical clinic, supported by KF India, with a full-time nurse and visiting doctors who are on site twice a week. The clinic serves the primary and preventive health care needs of the monks and nearby residents. An average of 650 visitors come each month with a variety of ailments such as colds, flu, and gastric and respiratory problems. In order to offer medical services to more people, KF India established the free off campus medical camp for one week every year.
The camp has received attention from local media and has been a great support to local people who have little access to health care.
At these camps, the four immeasurables taught by the Buddha—loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity—are put into action. KF looks forward to more opportunities to shape DKCLI into a model Buddhist institution for the 21st century.