Free-of-cost eye camps at the three major areas of Lower Mustang were held for the week of 21st - 26th May 2013. The eye surgeons were from the United States and the Himalaya Eye Hospital, Pokhara. Ven Lama Tashi la and a dozen of our college students assisted the eye camps. In total, 700 patients' eyes were screened. Out of which the cataract surgery was done for 15 patients and the glasses and medicines were distributed for hundreds of patients. I am very proud to tell you that once again the eye camps concluded with a great success. It was the 3rd time Pema Ts'al successfully organized and publicized the eye camps. The 1st one was held at Pema Ts'al in 2010 and the 2nd in Upper Mustang in 2011. Dooley Foundation - Intermed International, New York was the sponsor on all three occasions. It was kindly supported by HEH, Pokhara and Mission Himalaya, Kathmandu on all three occasions as well.
Tashi Delek and Welcome to
Pema Ts'al Sakya Monastic Institute!
Mustang is one of the smallest Buddhist kingdoms. It is located in the northwestern part of Nepal, next to the border to Tibet. The Kingdom of Mustang has remained virtually paralyzed after loosing its spiritual and cultural patronage from Sakya, Tibet, in 1959.
Until now it has remained one of the most isolated and inaccesible areas of the world. And therefore it is one of the few places where social and spiritual life has remained unchanged for centuries.
Because of its exposure to the outside world Mustang undoubtedly needs improvements in providing water, sanitation, health and education. The childrens task, beginning in their early ages, is to help with the farmwork. They have to look after the cattle and have to collect firewood.
On the other hand this exposure also presents a challenge for the survival of Mustang's rich Tibetan Buddhist culture. These challenges have already been forseen by Mustang's spiritual patron HH Sakya Trizin, HE Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and HE Ludhing Khen Rinpoche.
Pema Ts'al has been running under the blessing and guidance of His Holiness Sakya Trizin.