The Story of the Tibetan Manjushree Orphanage (A)

New York, N.Y. At the beginning of February 2009, I heard from HH the Dalai Lama about the Tibetan village named Tawang in the northeast of India. I also heard the story of the Manjushree orphanage there.

My wish is to give school buildings and tuberculosis therapy to the children of Manjushree

Tawang Village in Arunachal Pradesh has long been a Tibetan village, east of the Himalayas, India’s northeast end, on the border of China now, Bhutan in the west, China in the north, Burma in the east  . It is about 3000 meters to 3,500 meters above sea level, the winter is long and tough, and in the summer heavy rain lasts for three months. Nature is very beautiful, there are deep forests, mountains of high snow, big rivers are flowing. Always China and India are fighting at this the current border.

It is a place rich in Tibetan culture, a very venerable land in Tibetan Buddhism. It is the birthplace of the Dalai Lama VI, the foremost temple of Dalai Lama V, which was said to be the world’s second largest, is preserved as is.

 Many Tibetans live in Tawang. Dalai Lama 14 also stayed there for a while when exiled in 1959. Even the Buddhist scriptures are so old as those written in pure gold. Strange to say, when the Dalai Lama VI left the house, he planted trees in the garden, and he said, when this tree got bigger and crossed the roof of my house, I will definitely come back. When the Dalai Lama XIV came to this Tawang, the tree  crossed over the roof really.

180 children live in old school buildings

Tawang Residents are the most poor in India, many infectious diseases, many patients with tuberculosis, the Dalai Lama 14 is very worried about Tibetans living in this place, and a new hospital was built sponsored by him..

There are many children with physical disabilities. There are a lot of children who lost their parents and children who desperately exiled from China, In 1989 a monk named Topten Punchok built an orphanage. Initially It started with 17 children and 3 teachers, but by the time I visited in 2009, more than 180 children are in an old dirty hut, the number of children increased every year, and new school buildings  were urgently needed.

My heart when  heard this story quickly flew to Manzhuri.  I made a plan to go soon though it was in winter still. at the beginning of March. A strange thing happened during the plan.  There was a call from a stranger. It was a telephone from South Africa, it was a Japanese moxibustion researcher. Earlier, Knowing that in the past, Japanese doctor Taro Harashimatero has succeeded in treatment of tuberculosis using moxibustion in Japan, he wondered that use my Onnetsuki heating equipment might do a variety of treatments.  I informed them it would be possible. . I studied Dr. Haras papers. I also had been studying with Dr. Ohmura Dr. Yoshiaki Ohmura, the inventor and patent holder of O-ring test, in detail to research Mr. Omura’s treatment of TB in order to treat children of Himalayan.

There are two reasons why I visit Manjushree

1) build a school’s new school building

(2) Treatment of patients with tuberculosis.

Adorable Cute Buddhas

First I took an airplane to Delhi from New York. About midnight, I moved by bus to the domestic airport at 3 o’clock the next morning went to a place called Guwahati by a small airplane.

From there I heard that it is necessary to go three days and two over night through the 9 mountains through  violent road without stopping, As it was very nice wether, I chose to move with a helicopter that fly only over these mountains.. Fortunately the weather was great! While flying over and through the beautiful mountains and rivers, I flew over the Bhutan, around the Himalayas, finally arrived at Tawang in the afternoon.

The director of the school, Lama Thupten  Punchoku welcomed me and arrived at the orphanage one hour later. To my surprise, a lot of children rushed to me and I hugged our children one after another. I got tired of the long journey. For 14 days from here, it was the most happy period of my life.

I intended to take a nap, it was a good night’s sleep till the morning. When I woke up at 5:30 in the morning, with  children awoke me with a loud voice, and when I to the morning chanting room, went, everyone was sitting down with a chitin and cheered up loudly and cheerfully in front of Lama Thupten.,

I sat down beside Lama and gazed at 180 children every morning, I also chanted a sutra together. The children  was so cute, and my tears did not stop the sight they prayed that Dalai Lama’s longevity and hope could be reached at the end. To me, It seemed like that watching lots of Buddha who had a small nose.running.

(To be Continued…)

Originally published as Vol. 24 in Weekly Biz, April 28, 2018; translated by Jim Luce.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz

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