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Infrastructures of Sowa-Rigpa in India

In a majority of the Himalayan regions, Sowa-Rigpa is practiced traditionally with community support and an Amchi in each village. However, since the last two decades, there has been a significant change in the scenario, with the adoption of some administrative elements of the modern hospital system in dispensaries, hospitals, pharmacies, and educational institutions. Nevertheless, there are around a thousand Sowa-Rigpa practitioners who are providing healthcare services in the harsh Himalayan regions and other parts of the country. The main Indian centers for Sowa-Rigpa Institutions are Ladakh and Dharamsala.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama took refuge in India, and since then, he has dedicated himself fully to impart education to youngsters and provide healthcare services through Sowa-Rigpa. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has set up the Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute for the same. This institute has a Pharmacy, an Astrology section, a medical college, and a chain of 40-50 clinics across India. Moreover, there is a Central Council for Tibetan Medicine nestled in Dharamsala that regulates the practice of Sowa- Rigpa in India. Also, this council looks after various other mechanisms such as the standard of colleges, the registration of practitioners, etc to regulate Sowa-Rigpa.

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Last updated on June 5th, 2021 at 06:51 pm