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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.

This summer the programme will take place under special circumstances, since the Centre can resume activities provided that sanitary measures are strictly observed.

Whether you are vaccinated or not, whether you have a negative PCR test or not, does not change the need to respect sanitary measures.

Your presence in Montchardon implies that you strictly respect sanitary measures in all circumstances.

We are now used to these measures:

  1. Wear a protective mask in the temple during the whole teaching or practice period, in the refectory until you start eating, and in all situations where it is difficult to maintain a 1m distance with others.
  2. Hand wash with hydro-alcoholic gel when entering and leaving the temple and refectory, whenever accessing the self-service area and on all occasions when touching a collective object.
  3. Maintain a distance of 1m around yourself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around in the Centre.

Access to the temple will be limited to 70/80 people to respect sanitary distances.

For accommodation, the rooms that accommodate several people will become individual rooms, except for couples or families. The number of places in the dormitory will be reduced to space out the beds. This will allow us to accommodate about 80 people.

The campsite area will be open, and the layout of the tents should follow the same guidelines. Disinfectant will be available in all places where necessary.

These rules must be maintained in Montchardon at all times.

Indeed:

- We have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from disease, especially as we live in collective premises.

- It is important to continue to protect Lama Teunsang, whose immunity is greatly diminished, even though he has been vaccinated.

For these reasons, we are asking all those who come this summer to commit to respecting sanitary measures. This commitment will take the official form of a box to be ticked on the registration form, which will allow everyone to come to the Centre with complete peace of mind.

If you cannot or do not wish to follow these guidelines, we ask you not to 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.

When you leave, if you need to have a PCR test, this can be done in the cities in the area. However, it will be up to you to organise (making an appointment, travelling to and from the test site), because the Centre cannot manage these procedures.