(English below)
Depuis le 18 mai, date des dernières nouvelles, l’état de santé de Lama Teunsang est stable. Les analyses de sang hebdomadaires constatent une nette amélioration et un retour à la normale du fonctionnement du foie. Le choix thérapeutique a donc été approprié, les cellules cancéreuses ne sont plus visibles dans les analyses, signe que la chimiothérapie fonctionne bien. Les doses ne seront donc pas être augmentées dans l’immédiat car la leucémie semble stabilisée, pour l’instant.

Depuis un mois Lama suit également un traitement à base de cortisone, dont les doses seront diminuées de semaine en semaine. C’est un excellent remède pour traiter la maladie liée aux IGg4 (voir les nouvelles précédentes), qui avait été diagnostiquée fin 2017 et s’est à nouveau manifestée récemment, nécessitant l’hospitalisation de Lama Teunsang le mois dernier. Cette thérapie contribue aussi à contrôler temporairement la leucémie. En contrepartie, elle diminue l’immunité, ce qui pose un problème face aux agressions des virus et des bactéries.

La balance bénéfiques-risques a bien évidemment été évaluée par les médecins. Les traitements sont efficaces mais en contrepartie il importe particulièrement de garder les mesures de prévention, les gestes barrières qui protègent au mieux Lama Teunsang et ceux qui interviennent dans ses soins quotidiens.

Lama est actuellement affaibli, il se repose et dort beaucoup. Il se sent lourd et fatigué mais cet état semble s’améliorer tout doucement. Néanmoins, il continue à se rendre à pied au temple deux fois par jour, où il reste de longues heures, le matin tôt et le soir depuis le début de Mahakala jusqu’à la fin de Tchenrézi. Pour l’instant, Lama Teunsang n’est pas en mesure de faire des entretiens individuels. Nous verrons durant l’été en fonction de l’évolution de sa santé.

Since we last wrote to you on May 18th, Lama Teunsang’s health has remained stable. Weekly blood tests show a clear improvement and a return to normal liver function. The chosen therapy was therefore appropriate and cancer cells are no longer visible in the tests, a sign that chemotherapy is working well. The doses will therefore not be increased in the immediate future, since Lama’s leukaemia seems to have stabilized, for the time being.

For the past month Lama has also been undergoing cortisone treatment, with doses which will now be lowered from week to week. This is an excellent remedy to treat the IGg4-related disease (see previous news), which was diagnosed at the end of 2017 and recently reappeared, requiring Lama Teunsang’s hospitalization last month. This therapy also helps to temporarily control leukaemia. On the other hand, it reduces immunity, which is a problem in case of viral and bacterial exposure.

The benefit-risk balance was of course carefully evaluated by the physicians. The treatments are effective but in return it is particularly important to keep the preventive measures that best protect Lama Teunsang and those that intervene in his daily care.

Lama is currently weakened; he rests and sleeps a lot. He feels heavy and tired, but this condition seems to be slowly improving. Nevertheless, he continues to walk to the temple twice a day, where he stays for long hours, early in the morning and in the evening, from the beginning of Mahakala to the end of Chenrezig practice. Lama Teunsang is currently not able to assume individual interviews. We will see how this situation evolves during the summer, according to his health.

Vigilance COVID at Montchardon

The programme now takes place under special circumstances, since the Centre may resume its activities provided that the health rules are strictly observed.

The conditions of participation imply strict compliance with the barrier measures, whether for practices or courses.

Here is how we will organize ourselves.
For places of worship such as Montchardon, the rules set by the State are as follows:

  • - upon arrival at the Centre, the trainee must not be ill or show symptoms of the virus.
  •  obligation to maintain a distance of 1m around oneself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around the Centre,
  • - mandatory wearing of a protective mask in :
    •   - the temple: permanently during the teachings and daily collective practices.
    •   - the refectory: from the entrance to the moment of sitting down and if you get up to get a drink or to go out.
    •   - all other situations: as soon as it is difficult to maintain distance from others,
  • - hand washing with hydro-alcoholic gel at the entrance and exit of the temple and refectory, every time you enter the self-service area and on all occasions when you have to touch a collective object.
  • - An identifiable member of the administration will be responsible for the entry and exit phases of the prayer area to ensure that the rules are respected.

If you are unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines, we ask that you do not come to the Centre while these rules are in effect. The same applies, of course, if you are ill or have symptoms of the virus.

About Lama Teunsang

It is essential to protect Lama Teunsang whose immunity is compromised, making him extremely vulnerable to infection, and the people at the centre are in daily contact with him for meals and care. This also means that it is not appropriate to return to Lama Teunsang's home to greet him. For the compelling reasons mentioned above, he currently only receives those who care for his health.

No offering of kata to Lama Teunsang
It is asked to stay away from him, at least 1m and not to offer him a kata.
This use, so much appreciated by all of us, is currently suspended during the Covid period, to preserve its still fragile health.

Individual interview with Lama Teunsang
We asked Lama Teunsang about personal interviews. He does not wish to resume them for the time being. We will inform you of their resumption when he tells us so.
However, it is possible to request an interview with one of the Lamas of Montchardon. See with the translator.

In brief

Access to the temple will be limited to 80 people to respect sanitary distances. For accommodation, the rooms with several people will become individual accommodation, except for couples or families. The number of dormitory places will be reduced to space between beds. We will thus be able to accommodate about 80 people. The campsite will be open, the installation of the tents will have to follow the same instructions. We will have disinfecting liquids in all the places where it is necessary.

We would like to remind you:

  • - on the one hand, failure to respect the rules could lead to the closure of the Centre and legal proceedings.
  • - on the other hand, we have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from a potentially dangerous disease, especially since we live in collective premises.

As Buddhist practitioners, the constraints of masks, social distances and frequent hand washing can be integrated into our practice, as a constant training for vigilance and support of attention in our daily actions. It is also a great opportunity to practice the awakening mind, the altruistic attitude: "I commit myself to make this effort, thinking more about the well-being and health of others than about my own inconvenience". These are the skillful means of Dharma called " integrating unpleasantness into the path ".