Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Programme is a philanthropic initiative by Friends of Tibet to support the cause of Tibet and to create awareness about the issue of Tibet amongst people all over the world. This initiative researched, designed and implemented by Friends of Tibet aims at the restoration, propagation and promotion of the endangered traditions and practices of Tibet.

"Mind & Body Health in Tibetan Medicine"
talk by Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar

(By Dr Nanduri Aparna Rao*, Hotel Marine Plaza, Mumbai, May 15, 2017)

Sunil Vaidya (Financial Controller, Hotel Marine Plaza) welcomes the gathering and Friends of Tibet Campaigners. A lecture on 'Mind and Body Health in Tibetan Medicine' and a Pulse Diagnosis session by Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar, Chief Medical Officer, Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of HH the Dalai Lama was organised by Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing at Marine Plaza Hotel, Marine Drive, Mumbai on May 15, 2017. (Right) Sanjeev Shekhar (General Manager, Hotel Marine Plaza) speaks about his interest in Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist chants and delivers Vote of Thanks.

(Left) Sunil Vaidya (Financial Controller, Hotel Marine Plaza) welcomes the gathering and Friends of Tibet Campaigners. A lecture on "Mind and Body Health in Tibetan Medicine" and a Pulse Diagnosis session by Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar, Chief Medical Officer, Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of HH the Dalai Lama was organised by Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing at Marine Plaza Hotel, Marine Drive, Mumbai on May 15, 2017. (Right) Sanjeev Shekhar (General Manager, Hotel Marine Plaza) speaks about his interest in Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist chants and delivers Vote of Thanks.

Sometimes food and wellness go together! Hotel Marine Plaza, Marine Drive, Mumbai jointly with Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing organised "Mind & Body Health in Tibetan Medicine" talk and a demonstration of Pulse Diagnosis by Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar on May 15, 2017. The inaugural session included a welcome address by Sunil Vaidya, Financial Controller, Hotel Marine Plaza. He spoke about the Tibetan Medical System and introduced Friends of Tibet’s “Vision Wellbeing,” a film by C-Wing, a Mumbai-based design firm. The film highlights the focus and work of the Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing. As one sees the film, one gets a sense of regret that Tibet, a beautiful country remains under siege and an entire community needs help in grave injustice. At the same time, the resilience, hard work and peaceful manner of the Tibetans is inspiring and motivating.

Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar, Chief Medical Officer, Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of HH the Dalai Lama, Bangalore then delivered a lecture on the theme "Mind & Body Health in Tibetan Medicine". The talk gave the listeners insights into the philosophy and processes followed in Tibetan medicine. Some guiding points for good health and Wellbeing are universal and may be applied by all, irrespective of their choice of treatment methods.

Dr Dorjee emphasised upon the open secret to Wellbeing: Right Attitude to Health, Balanced Approach to Food, Right Lifestyle and Right Habits. Numbers – BP, Blood Count, Haemoglobin levels etc — are to be used as indicators and should not affect your attitude to your health. Another important point is about medication. He entreated the audience to avoid blindly following dosages without checks and balances.

He pointed out how dosages for drugs would vary weekly or even daily depending on the need. Prolonged medication, without monitoring can be counter-productive. Today, we see many people in the habit of indiscriminate use of medicines without any such check. Also, the way people feel about themselves should be based on how they actually feel without influence of numbers. Many times, one sees that the treatment gets worse than the disease and causes undue complications.

Dr Dorjee spoke about how Oriental schools of medicine Ayurvedic, Unani, Chinese and Tibetan systems take a holistic view of health and Wellbeing. The human body is a complex machine of interconnected and interdependent systems. Hence there is a need for a holistic approach to health in modern times. Dr Dorjee also pointed out that the body has an inner defence mechanism that enables self-healing. We should develop this ability to listen to our body. His talk was well received and was followed by a question and answer session from the audience. People wanted to know about the course of treatments, contents of Tibetan medicine, availability etc. Dr Dorjee addressed their queries and followed it up with a live demonstration of the effectiveness of Pulse Diagnosis. Parvez Sheikh, Food and Beverages manager, Hotel Marine Plaza volunteered for this. The talk was concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Shri Sanjeev Shekhar, General Manager, Hotel Marine Plaza, Mumbai.

Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar, Chief Medical Officer, Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of HH the Dalai Lama speaks on 'Mind and Body Health in Tibetan Medicine' at a function organised by Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing at Marine Plaza Hotel, Marine Drive, Mumbai on May 15, 2017. (Right) Parvez Sheikh, Food and Beverage Manager, Hotel Marine Plaza volunteers for a Pulse Diagnosis session by Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar, Chief Medical Officer, Men-Tsee-Khang. (Photos: Santosh Kangutkar)

(Left) Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar, Chief Medical Officer, Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of HH the Dalai Lama speaks on "Mind and Body Health in Tibetan Medicine" at a function organised by Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing at Marine Plaza Hotel, Marine Drive, Mumbai on May 15, 2017. (Right) Parvez Sheikh, Food and Beverage Manager, Hotel Marine Plaza volunteers for a Pulse Diagnosis session by Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar, Chief Medical Officer, Men-Tsee-Khang. (Photos: Santosh Kangutkar)

* Dr Nanduri Aparna Rao is a Senior Project Manager at the Centre for Entrepreneurship IIT Bombay. She comes with over two decades of teaching and industry experience and is responsible for curriculum development, student affairs and mentoring students in their start-ups.

About Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar: Born in Kyidong, Tibet, Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar escaped to India with his family in 1969 following the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Dr Dorjee received his medical training at the Tibetan Medical College in Dharamshala where he completed intensive study in the Tibetan Medical System. He acquired most of his practical experience into the more profound level of health & healing through late Dr Tenzin Cheodrak, the former Chief Physician to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Over two decades of dedicated service in the practice of Tibetan Medicine, he has attended many national and international conferences; presented papers on Tibetan Medicine and has published articles. As the Chief Medical Officer of Men-Tsee-Khang Bangalore Branch, Dr Dorjee Rapten Neshar and his medical team covers the Tibetan Medicine health services in south Indian cities and towns regularly. He is also the former chairman of the Central Council of Tibetan Medicine. An alumnus of the Tibetan Medical College in Dharamshala, he is trained in medico-spiritual initiations for the more esoteric prac1ce of Tibetan medicine as well. In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the held of Alternative Medicine, Dr Dorjee Rapten was awarded the Gold Medal & Gem of Alternative Medicine in 1995 & 1996 from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine, Calcutta. He also received the International Award of Excellence, from the American Organisation of Intellectuals Inc., New York, USA.

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