Depuis les dernières nouvelles du 30 juillet, la santé de Lama Teunsang est restée stable. Les dernières analyses de sang sont aussi bonnes que le mois précédent : les cellules cancéreuses de la leucémie sont contenues par le traitement de chimiothérapie à doses minimes. L’état général semble satisfaisant.
Lama Teunsang reste encore fatigué, bien qu’il ait maintenant moins besoin de dormir de longs moments dans la journée. Lorsqu’on lui rend visite, il est la plupart du temps occupé à réciter des mantras, celui d’Amitabha en particulier, dont il souhaite finir au plus tôt l’accumulation des 100 millions. Il est d’ailleurs l’un des contributeurs les plus actifs de ce cumul que l’on fait collectivement chaque soir à Montchardon !
Il se rend toujours deux fois par jour au temple à pied, mais se fatigue rapidement dès qu’il doit faire un effort un peu soutenu.

Il a tenu à participer au long rituel annuel de Tcheu Tsoklé, qui a eu lieu durant trois jours ce dernier week-end d’août, et auquel ont participé sept lamas et une vingtaine de drouplas. Comme d’habitude, en marge de cette pratique de Tcheu, la procession du Kangyour autour du centre s’est déroulée samedi après-midi, en profitant d’une accalmie dans ce week-end pluvieux qui marquait la fin des stages d’été.

News of Lama Teunsang’s Health

Since the last newsletter on July 30th, Lama Teunsang’s health has remained stable. The latest blood tests are as good as the previous month: the leukemia cancer cells are contained by minimal doses of chemotherapy treatment. Lama’s overall condition seems satisfactory.
Lama Teunsang still remains tired, although now he needs shorter periods of sleep during the day. When we visit him, he is mostly busy reciting mantras, Amitabha in particular, which he wishes to finish accumulating as soon as possible. He is also one of the most active contributors to the accumulation of the 100 million Amitabha mantras that we collectively do every evening in Montchardon!
He walks to the temple twice a day, but tires quickly as soon as he has to make a little sustained effort.

He made a point of participating in the annual long ritual of Chod Tsokle, which took place for three days on the last weekend of August, and in which seven lamas and about twenty druplas participated. As usual, in addition to the Chod practice, the procession of the Kangyur around the Centre took place on Saturday afternoon, taking advantage of a lull in this rainy weekend which marked the end of the summer courses.

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 ".