Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, Former Personal Physician to the Dalai Lama Passes Away

27/11/2019

Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, 1927–2019. From tribuneindia.com

Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan monk and practitioner of traditional Tibetan medicine who earned renown working for some 20 years as the personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has died in Dharamsala, northern India, at the age of 93. According to reports, Yeshi Dhonden passed away at his residence in McLeod Ganj on 26th November.

Dr. Yeshi Dhonden was born on 15 May 1927 to a poor family in the village of Namro in central Tibet’s Lhoga District. He entered monastic life when he was six years old and, from the age of 11, studied at Lhasa Men Tsee Khang under, among other teachers, his uncle the famous Tibetan doctor and teacher Khenrab Norbu, passing his exams with distinction at the age of 20. 

In 2018, Yeshi Dhonden was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, by Indian president Ram Nath Kovind for his contributions to the field of medicine through traditional Tibetan medicine. He became the second member of the Tibetan diaspora to receive the prestigious award after educationist, Tibetologist, and vice chancellor of the Central University for Tibetan Studies Geshe Ngawang Samten, who was awarded the medal in 2009 for his contributions to education.

Known as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of traditional Tibetan medicine, Yeshi Dhonden successfully treated patients with all manner of ailments from his small clinic in Dharamshala near the Dalai Lama’s official residence. Over the years, he gained considerable international fame as a highly effective and beneficial physician—particularly as a cancer specialist. Yeshi Dhonden retired from seeing patients on 1 April this year due to old age.

 

Source: https://www.buddhistdoor.net/

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