From Manjushree Orphanage through NYC Gathering for World Peace

New York, N.Y. I received a new award last year that was reported in newspapers and other media. Awards were presented to three people who have contributed to the Tibetan people at the annual dinner of The Tibet Fund associated with the 14th and present Dalai Lama.

The head of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, also received the award. The award is for support of the Tibetan people, and this year special attention was paid to the work at the childcare facility in a village in the Himalayan Mountains.

untitled event - 077Accepting my award from The Tibet Fund in New York City, 2018.
Photo: Stewardship Report.

Right Next to China, Last Village of Tibet

The village of Tawang, in the province of Arunachal Pradesh, is deep in the Himalayan Mountains. It was originally part of Tibet, but became a part of India following China’s occupation of Tibet. This location is very isolated and difficult to reach. I have spent years gathering funds from the U.S. and Japan for the children living there in an orphanage known as Manjushree, named after the God of Wisdom.

I first heard about Manjushree from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008. He told me there were many children with tuberculosis and other communicative diseases there. I thought, I must go! And so I journeyed to this distant mountain town in the middle of Himalayas.

Interestingly, two weeks before my first trip, I heard from a South African acupuncturist about the Japanese acupuncturist Dr. Shinetaro Hara who had cured thousands with T.B. using traditional Japanese moxibustion therapy in the 1920’s.

I became interested in this therapy and began to study it. I also looked into Professor Hara. Then, I discovered something in common between Dr. Hara’s moxibustion theory and the thermal therapy I had invented. I decided to take a thermal heater with me when I visited the orphanage.

I found eleven children there who suffered with tuberculosis. I began my hyperthermia-like treatment, and all the children were cured within ten days. Through this development, my Onnetsu hyperthermia treatment and thermal heater became known all over the world.

IMG_6246Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura with the wonderful children of Manjushree Orphanage.
Photo: Stewardship Report.

Initially there was no plumbing nor water supply at Manjushree. The older children taught the younger children how to brush their teeth using mountain spring water. I felt tremendous compassion among the children who were living in such harmony with each other. I saw the faces of beautiful children and felt the beauty of human beings.

Today, I also support orphan care in Indonesia (Bali and Sulawesi), with the Sioux Nation in South Dakota, as well as in Africa. My dream is to one day endow nine orphanages around the world so vulnerable children will have hope and stability and learn compassion and wisdom in perpetuity.

This orphanage, Manjushree, first teaches children to think of others. If all had this kind of compassion we would not have war. My belief is to make orphanages with Three C’s: Compassion, Courage and Cooperation. Through these Three C’s, I want to make nine orphanages around the world.

The reason I am thinking of making facilities for children all over the world is that I want to raise children to become thoughtful leaders who can live together. I also want adults to experience these wonderful children and to learn that it is not only about themselves, but that these children first care deeply about others.

If everyone had hearts this large, war would no longer be waged. His Holiness the Dalai Lama once said to me, ‘One cannot live without Compassion, the characteristic we human beings possess at birth.’

Since 1975, Tibet has occupied a big part of my life, ever since I introduced Tibetan ethnic opera to the United States.

In July of this year, we held a dinner celebration calling for world peace at Manhattan’s Marriott Essex House, where we celebrated the 80th birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama. We invited people from various cultures around the world and invited them to wear their national costumes. It was awesome just to see everyone in various clothes looking so spectacular.

Kazuko-08Taking a group of Japanese and Americans to meet with His Holiness, 2012.

Representatives of various faiths — Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hindu, and Native American — went one by one up to the stage and prayed for peace, wishing long life to H.H. the Dalai Lama. I was pleased by the cheers of the audience.

In the flag ceremony, praying for peace within each country and region while swaying flags of countries and regions around the world, truly the desire for world peace overcame all differences of borders and religion. We became one and I was so happy. I would like to continue this tradition for many years to come.

Shall I talk about China next time? In February 1972, President Nixon went to China. A month later, the Chinese government decided to invite twelve powerful U.S. figures to China including me. Stay tuned!

Originally published as Vol. 6 in Weekly Biz, October 21, 2017; translated by Jim Luce.

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

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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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