Les problèmes de santé de Lama Teunsang sont bien pris en charge et il a recommencé à faire de l’exercice.

En janvier dernier, Lama Teunsang a souffert d’une décompensation cardiaque à droite, qui a nécessité une hospitalisation de cinq jours (voir Nouvelles 60-fév 2021). Des examens complémentaires ont été réalisés ces dernières semaines pour tenter de confirmer l’hypothèse diagnostique initiale. Lama présente plusieurs signes d’une péricardite constrictive : un épaississement du péricarde, l’enveloppe du cœur. Le diagnostic est difficile à établir, et ce problème est très probablement lié dans son cas à la maladie liée aux IgG4, qui l’affecte depuis plusieurs années.

Cette maladie auto-immune rare, découverte il y a 20 ans, peut affecter de multiples organes. Cela fut le cas pour Lama Teunsang, qui a régulièrement présenté des symptômes très sérieux depuis qu’il a été diagnostiqué en 2017. Ainsi, en mai 2020, des désordres affectant le fonctionnement du foie ont pu être jugulés par un traitement de cortisone, qui vient d’être augmenté pour plusieurs semaines, cette fois-ci en raison des symptômes cardiaques. En parallèle, le traitement diurétique pour lutter contre les œdèmes et l’essoufflement est maintenu. Le bilan biologique de Lama reste très correct, malgré la leucémie aigue qui est pour l’instant contrôlée.

Sophie Tartas, notre amie oncologue qui suit le Lama depuis deux ans, lui a conseillé de reprendre des exercices physiques, en marchant, pour se remobiliser après des mois d’inaction due aux mauvaises conditions hivernales.

Aussitôt dit, aussitôt fait : le jour même en début d’après-midi, nous avons retrouvé Lama marchant tout seul, de retour des 8 stupas. Il nous a expliqué qu’il venait de faire 8 tours du grand stupa et deux tours des 8 petits, seul, sans aide et sans montrer de fatigue particulière. Il a continué en disant : « Maintenant que nous arrivons à des jours plus cléments, les jours où il fait beau j’irai au temple à pied le matin et le soir. Plus besoin de voiture ! » A la question de savoir s’il n’est pas trop fatigué : « ça va, il faut que je me réhabitue à marcher. »

On retrouve comme toujours son caractère volontaire et dynamique, même si cette marche lui est pénible car elle met à rude épreuve ses genoux perclus d’arthrose. Il passe néanmoins beaucoup de temps à se reposer le reste de la journée.

Dernière information, le 19 février Lama a reçu sa deuxième injection du vaccin contre la Covid des laboratoires Pfizer, ce qui le place théoriquement à l’abri de cette épidémie. C’est un grand soulagement pour toutes et tous. 
Nous continuerons à vous tenir informé(e)s régulièrement de l’état de santé de Lama Teunsang, comme nous le faisons depuis trois ans.

Nous vous rappelons que depuis le 19 avril 2020, après la proposition de Karmapa, qui recommandait de réciter des mantras afin de se lier à Lama Teunsang, nous avons initié un comptage de récitation de manis.
Nous arrivons à presque 82 millions !
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News of Lama Teunsang’s Health

Lama Teunsang’s health problems are managed well, and he has started to exercise again.

Last January, Lama Teunsang suffered from right cardiac decompensation, which required a five-day hospitalisation (see News 60-Feb 2021). Further tests have been carried out in recent weeks to try to confirm the initial diagnosis. Lama shows several signs of constrictive pericarditis: a thickening of the pericardium, the lining of the heart. The diagnosis is difficult to establish, and in his case the problem is most likely related to the IgG4 disease that has affected him for several years.

This rare autoimmune disease, discovered 20 years ago, can affect multiple organs. That was the case for Lama Teunsang, who regularly presented very serious symptoms since he was diagnosed in 2017. For example, in May 2020, disorders of liver function were controlled with cortisone, a treatment that has now been increased for several weeks, this time due to heart symptoms. At the same time, the diuretic treatment for oedema and shortness of breath is maintained. Lama’s biological check-up remains very good, despite acute leukaemia, which is currently under control.

Sophie Tartas, our oncologist friend who has been following Lama for the past two years, advised him to resume physical exercise, by walking and with the help of a physiotherapist, in order to remobilise himself after months of inactivity due to harsh winter conditions.

No sooner said than done: the same day in the early afternoon, we found Lama walking alone, back from the 8 stupas. He explained to us that he had just done 8 laps of the large stupa and two laps of the 8 smaller ones, alone, without help and without showing any particular fatigue. He went on to say, “Now that we are getting warmer weather, on days when the weather is good, I will walk to the temple in the morning and evening. No need for a car!” When asked if he was not too tired, he replied “I’m fine, I need to get used to walking again.”

As always, his willing and dynamic character is evident, even if walking is difficult for him because it puts a strain on his arthritic knees. Nevertheless, he spends a lot of time resting the rest of the day.

Lastly, on February 19th, Lama received his second injection of the Covid vaccine from Pfizer laboratories, which theoretically protects him from the epidemic. This is a great relief for all of us. 
We will continue to keep you regularly informed of Lama Teunsang’s health, as we have done for the past three years.

We remind you that since April 19, 2020, after Karmapa’s proposal to recite mantras in order to bind oneself to Lama Teunsang, we have initiated a manis recitation count. We have reached almost 82 million!
We invite you to participate if you wish by clicking here :

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 ".