法王新闻 | 2007年12月

第二十五屆噶舉大祈願法會報導 (第二天)

His Holiness Blesses the Medical Camp in Bodhgaya (December 18, 2007)

地點:印度 菩提迦耶 金剛座
時間:2007年12月18日
報導:噶舉祈願法會文宣組
攝影:噶瑪善治 / 噶瑪諾布 / 生命電視台

今日一早,創古仁波切抵達會場主持八關齋戒的授戒儀式,並引領會眾修持第一座香。

第二座香時,東藏康區林倉察昌寺的喇嘛謝勒嘉趁,由尼泊爾沿途大禮拜至菩提迦耶,圓滿了朝聖之旅,在正覺大塔金剛座前向法王噶瑪巴獻卡達,並接受法王的加持。

第二座香後,法王噶瑪巴撥冗巡視祈願法會義診處,加持此項公益義診活動。此次義診是慶祝噶舉大祈願法會二十五週年的特別活動之一,目的在於提供免費醫療以緩解地方人士的病痛之苦。儘管觀光業興盛,菩提迦耶的貧民很多,無法負擔基本醫療費用。貧窮、疾病與殘疾的跡象充斥著這小鎮的街道。

當法王決定本屆噶舉祈願法會應當舉辦一次義診時,他的姊姊安尼沃竹佩宗負起籌備的責任。台灣路竹會的創辦人暨會長劉啟群醫師慷慨允諾相助,負責組織醫療團隊並提供所須藥物和配備。劉醫師領導義診團的經驗豐富,每年都領導數十位醫師、護士和有專業訓練的志工,到世界各地舉辦義診數次。路竹會在西藏社區已經頗有名氣,在那日仁波切(達賴喇嘛的弟弟)的協調和支持下,每年都在達蘭沙拉舉辦一次義診。這次,劉醫師帶領五十位醫師、護士、藥劑師及其他志工,從台灣遠到菩提迦耶舉辦義診。此次義診提供內科、外科、小兒科及牙科方面等多種診療科目。佛光山印度佛學院的十七位印度學員,也特別前來支援,擔任義診團的印度語翻譯。義診處上午八點半開放掛號之後,就診人潮就連連不斷。根據義診掛號處的統計,第一天的診治人數高達488人。

明就仁波切、嘉敦仁波切、南嘉寺的天津師、當地各藏傳寺院的喇嘛代表、祈願法會總幹事喇嘛確札、數位西藏官員及印度地方官員,也抵達在正覺大塔附近的比爾拉廟(Birla Mandir)義診處,和工作人員一起迎接法王。

法王抵達後,在義診團行政人員的陪同下,巡視義診處,並和劉醫師、義診團員及其他來賓與病患會面。簡短寒喧之後,法王一行人驅車前往皇家旅館(Royal Residency Hotel),參加噶舉大祈願法會籌備委員會主辦的餐會。台灣生命電視台的海濤法師、韓國西藏學社會的慧能法師、義診團的劉啟群醫師等貴賓,也應主辦單位的邀請,列席參加。餐會後,法王親手贈與每位來賓一份精美的法會紀念品。

餐會後,法王返回會場主持第三座香不動佛的修法。

18th December, 2007. After attending the second session of the Kagyu Monlam at the Mahabodhi Stupa, the Gyalwang Karmapa went to Birla Mandir in Bodhgaya to bless the activity of the Medical Camp there. This camp is one of the special events offered this year in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Kagyu Monlam. It aims to alleviate the suffering of the local community by providing free medicine and treatment for local people. In spite of the development of tourism in Bodhgaya, the holiest site of Buddhism in the world, many people who in Bodhgaya today are in desparate straits, too poor to afford even the most basic medical treatment or medicine. Poverty, disease and deformity haunt the streets of this small town.

After the Gyalwang Karmapa decided that the Kagyu Monlam should offer a medical camp, his sister, Chamsing Ngodrup Palzom, oversaw the preparations and Dr Liu Chi-Chun, from Taiwan, the founder and president of the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps, rose to the challenge of providing a medical team, medicine and equipment. He is very experienced in leading teams of doctors and nurses on mercy missions to different parts of Asia. He is already well-known in the Tibetan community for his medical camp every year in Dharamsala, which he organises in conjunction with Ngari Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s younger brother. Dr Liu Chi-Chun delivered a team of 50 medical personnel, doctors, pharmacists and nurses from Taiwan to conduct the camp. The camp offers allopathic medicine for a wide range of conditions, medical check-ups, and dentistry. A supporting team of Indian students from Fo Guang Shan Buddhist College are working voluntarily as translators for the medical team.

At the Birla Mandir, the medical staff and various guests assembled to greet the Gyalwang Karmapa: Mingyur Rinpoche, Gyaltong Rinpoche , Gen Tenzin of Namgyal Branch Monastery and Lamas representing the variousTibetan monasteries in Bodhgaya, Lama Choedrak, CEO of Kagyu Monlam, Tibetan lay officials, and a small group of local Indian officials. After a brief inspection of the camp, during which the Gyalwang Karmapa met medical staff and some of the patients, he greeted the guests. Then the guests left for a special lunch at the Royal Residency Hotel, hosted by the Kagyu Monlam Organising Committee. The chief guests were Dr Liu Chi-Chun, Master Hai Tao of Life TV, Taiwan, and the Venerable Hye Neung, Tibet House, Korea. In spite of an extremely demanding schedule, Pal Gyalwang Karmapa made the time to attend the lunch, and distributed small souvenirs to all the guests personally. The staff at the medical camp treated 488 patients on the first day. Additionally, they decided to forgo their lunchbreak so that the camp could be open throughout the day, in order for the monks and nuns, who are usually at the Mahabodhi Stupa at other times, to be able to attend more easily. – Tashi Paljor