About Men-Tsee-Khang College
Men-Tsee-Khang was established in 1916 in Lhasa, Tibet by the Great 13th Dalai Lama and it was re-established on 23 March 1961 by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.
The institute initially started with a doctor and an astrologer with ten students in two separate campuses in Dharamsala called Chopra House and Glenmore Cottage. Dr. Yeshi Dhonden and Ven. Dukhorwa Lodoe Gyatso were the forerunners of Medicine and Astro-Science Schools…..
Meet Our Students
Men-Tsee-khang, a perfect institute to learn about Tibetan medicine, uses the term Sowa-Rigpa, which means science of healing, for its centuries-old traditional medical system. Despite being an ancient medical tradition, Sowa Rigpa is widely practised in the majority of countries. I feel very fortunate to get opportunities to study Tibetan medicine, and it is my responsibility to preserve our tradition through learning and understanding it.
Six years of studying is not easy. We must rise before the birds and stay up late to memorise medical tantras, and we need so much endurance and determination to accept those challenges and obstacles. I feel very satisfied because what I'm doing now is for all sentient beings, and having a very compassionate and kind teacher has made me so touchable.
I'm from Russia, and currently I’m studying Sowa Rigpa at this incredible place. I feel very happy and honoured to have this opportunity to study here. Our college, which has all the required good facilities, has such a peaceful atmosphere diluted with beautiful landscapes that it will make anyone feel comfortable and beloved. Studying here has a strong impact on Tibetan traditions, which is really important for maintaining authenticity.
The reason I came to Men-Tsee-Khang College is because of a speech on Tibetan astrology given by one of our former astro-science lecturers at T.C.V. when I was in 12th grade. I was really impressed that time and later decided to join Men-Tsee-Khang College. In the last five years, I've learned that we must be determined in order to learn the essence of Tibetan astro-science.
Men-Tsee-Khang, a centuries-old Sowa-Rigpa institute, has a unique education system that teaches students not only how to be good doctors but also how to be compassionate. The depth and integrity of rgyud bzhi in relation to modern medicine astounds me. Unfortunately, there are very few who know its worth, which also makes the ones in need of it inaccessible.
When I joined Men-Tsee-Khang College, I knew it would open my eyes to how prodigious our traditional Sowa-Rigpa is. What I knew about it before was even further down than the tip of an iceberg, and still, it's a far cry for me to understand it fully. Our main text consisted of four Tantras, each with its own distinctiveness and more closely associated with moral values.
Men-Tsee-Khang is an institution where you can witness the learning and practice of thousand-year-old Tibetan medicine and Astrology. This institution has a century-old history and originated in Tibet. In our college, we study the ancient medicine text written by a Tibetan scholar in the 8th century. We memorise those texts and study their commentary. This particular knowledge of healing thrives to benefit and heal patients around the world.
Men-Tsee-Khang is a great place to learn about the facts of Tibetan traditional medicine and astrology, which was founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in India. It is a place to achieve our dreams, whether as a doctor or an astrologer. It is a place to retain a healthy life, to be a good human being, and most importantly, to have a selfless profession.
Little did I know when I joined Men-Tsee-Khang College that it would open my eyes to how prodigious our traditional Sowa-Rigpa is. What I knew about it before was even further down than the tip of the iceberg, and still, it's far cry for me to understand it fully. Our main text to study is called rgyud bzhi which means it has four tantras, each with their own uniqueness.