Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dharma and Diabetes

Above: These beautiful flags were printed at Namdroling Monastery and personally blessed by H.H. Penor Rinpoche, then hand-carried to the U.S. where they were sewn and given as a gift at Losar 2008. Strangely, His Holiness fell critically ill the very day these flags were removed and burned.

From Karnataka State comes disturbing news that His Holiness Penor Rinpoche's health "weakens by the day." He briefly appeared at a long life puja held for him yesterday, wholly unable to walk and unable to see. A Western trained medical observer reports that the issue is "out of control" diabetes mellitus -- one of the three great obstacles to Tibetans living outside of Tibet (the other two are lung disorders and cardiovascular disease).

I wonder how much information regarding these conditions is available in the Tibetan language? Maybe we should launch a diabetes awareness program similar to the ones we have in the 'States. Any translators out there want to volunteer?

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1 reader comments:

Damchoe Wongmo said...

A great deal of information is available in Tibetan on diabetes and there is awareness in the Tibetan public of the so called "sugar disease".