L’état de santé de Lama est stable depuis maintenant plusieurs mois. Les analyses de sang sont bonnes, le traitement de chimiothérapie à doses minimes continue de donner satisfaction face aux cellules cancéreuses de la leucémie. Il faut préciser que depuis quelques mois, en plus des médicaments allopathiques, Lama Teunsang suit des traitements d’homéopathie et de médecine ayurvédique qui semblent tous deux apporter un complément très efficace.

Lama Teunsang aura 86 ans en novembre. Il est clair que l’âge et les ennuis de santé qu’il rencontre depuis quelques années l’ont affaibli physiquement. Lorsqu’on lui demande comment il va, il répond invariablement : « Je vais bien, il n’y a pas à espérer mieux à mon âge !». Lors d’une discussion récente, conscients qu’il répond souvent de manière à rassurer son entourage, nous lui avons demandé de nous dire sincèrement quel est son ressenti. En souriant, il a répondu : « Pour dire franchement les choses, il n’y a pas un seul endroit dans le corps, du sommet du crâne à la pointe des pieds, qui ne soit pas douloureux à un moment ou à un autre. Mais, peu importe, ce n’est pas grave. C’est comme si, dans un pays, les villages et régions périphériques créaient des troubles, mais que la capitale était parfaitement calme et sereine. La capitale, c’est l’esprit. Tout va très bien ! »

Il se rend toujours à pied au temple deux fois par jour, le matin vers 6h30 jusqu’à 8h et l’après-midi vers 17h 30 pour Mahakala. Il reste alors dans le temple jusqu’à la fin de Tchenrézi à 20h45, puis il redescend, souvent à pied, dîner chez lui.

Début octobre, Lama Teunsang a dirigé durant quatre jours une pratique d’accumulation de mantras d’Amitabha, un stage très suivi où nous n’avons malheureusement pas pu accueillir toutes celles et ceux qui auraient souhaité venir, le nombre de personnes étant limité à 85 dans le temple pour respecter les mesures barrières. Ces journées ont été fatigantes pour le Lama, tous les participants l’ont constaté. Il faut dire qu’il a tenu à être présent à toutes les sessions, y compris Mahakala et Tchenrézi… et pour éviter des allers-retours entre le temple et sa chambre, il est resté au temple de 15h à… 21h ! Depuis, il s’est bien reposé et a récupéré une certaine énergie.

Ce stage d’Amitabha a permis de bien avancer dans l’accumulation du mantra d’Amitabha qui est presque terminée. A l’heure où ces lignes sont écrites, il ne reste plus que quelques millions à réciter pour terminer l’accumulation de 100 millions de mantras, ce qui devrait advenir prochainement. Nous avons joint quelques photos et un petit film illustrant ces journées de pratiques d’Amitabha, auxquelles se sont joints les lamas de Montchardon.

News of Lama Teunsang’s Health

Lama’s state of health has been stable for several months now. The blood tests are good, the chemotherapy treatment with minimal doses continues to give satisfaction in the face of cancerous leukaemia cells. It should be noted that for the past few months, in addition to allopathic medicines, Lama Teunsang has been following homeopathic and ayurvedic medicine treatments, which both seem to be very effective complements.

Lama Teunsang will be 86 years old in November. It is clear that his age and the health problems he has been experiencing in recent years have weakened him physically. When asked how he is doing, he invariably answers: “I am fine, there is no better hope at my age!”. During a recent discussion, aware that he often answers in a way that reassures those around him, we asked him to tell us sincerely how he feels. Smiling, he replied: “To put it bluntly, there isn’t a single place in the body, from the top of the skull to the tip of the toes, that isn’t painful at one time or another. But, really, it doesn’t matter. It’s as if, in a country, the villages and outlying regions create unrest, but the capital is perfectly calm and serene. The capital is the spirit. Everything is fine! ».

He always walks to the temple twice a day, in the morning around 6.30 am until 8 am and in the afternoon around 5.30 pm for Mahakala. He then stays in the temple until the end of Chenrezig practice at 8.45 pm, then he comes back, often on foot, to have dinner at home.

At the beginning of October, Lama Teunsang led for four days an Amitabha mantra accumulation practice, a well-attended course where we unfortunately could not welcome all those who had wished to come, because the number of people is limited to 85 in the temple to respect health measures. These days were tiring for the Lama, as all the participants noticed. It must be said that he made a point of being present at all sessions, including Mahakala and Chenrezig… and to avoid going back and forth between the temple and his room, he stayed at the temple from 3 pm to… 9 pm! Since then, he has rested well and recovered some energy.

This Amitabha course has contributed well to the general Amitabha mantra accumulation, which is almost finished. At the time we write these lines, only a few million mantras remain to be recited to complete the accumulation of 100 million mantras, which should happen soon. We have attached a few photos and a short film illustrating these days of Amitabha practice, in which the lamas of Montchardon participated.

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 ".