His Holiness the Dalai Lama has touched upon a raw nerve with many Buddhists in Syracuse who are often disgusted with how dehumanizing the health care system is. In an address before the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine conference at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College near his exile hometown of Dharamshala earlier today the Dalai Lama emphasized a holistic approach to patients by doctors.
Tendar Tsering has reported for Phayul.com “The Dalai Lama addresses conference of medical professionals.” While addressing a gathering of over 300 doctors from 24 states in India and Nepal, the Dalai Lama urged the doctors to work not just for salary but with “care, compassion, and sense of concern” for the patients. He commented “Don’t be like machines. Treat patients with care and warm heartedness. Love is important.” The Dalai Lama went on to comment that in reference to the “corruption epidemic” plaguing the world, there should be no space for corruption and violence.
The Dalai Lama said “No religious tradition preaches violence, hatred, cheating and corruption. If we adhere to religious tradition, there is no space for corruption and violence.” Rajendra Prasad Medical College, which is named after independent India’s first president, provides scholarships to two Tibetan students to study medicine every year. These comments by His Holiness the Dalai Lama dealing with a humanistic approach to health serve as an inspiration for students, doctors and patients alike.
Mandel News Service