- Monastic InstitutesHealthcare Support
Working at Kanishka School, Nikki Keefe addresses the health care needs of the 145 residential monks, aged 5 to 17. Her role includes providing education, developing a health care curriculum and programs, assessing the school facilities and dormitories, and making recommendations and helping to implement these to improve health and hygiene standards. She supports the Tibetan registered nurse and visiting doctor at DKCLI in providing health care and working with the school coordinator Uma Pitta, the school principal, and others at the school and shedra to provide the best possible health care and education for the monks.
Nikki Keefe is a registered nurse with a postgraduate diploma in Health Science, specialising in infectious disease and public health. She has over 40 years’ experience as a nurse, including significant history with DKCLI, in Chauntra, India, setting up a hepatitis B vaccination program in the shedra for the 600 resident monks and staff, a program that continues to this day, in addition to providing health care and education to the monks.
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche at Vajradhara Gonpa, Kyogle, Australia, in 1996 and have been studying with him ever since he bestowed the Longchen Nyinthik Ngöndro teachings in 1998. I have been very fortunate to receive teachings and attend retreats and drupchens all over the world with him and many of our beloved Lineage masters. I am currently in the Dharma Gar Asia program and have been an active member of the Siddhartha’s Intent Australia committee since 2009.