Depuis les dernières nouvelles du 15 juin, la santé du lama semble se stabiliser, voire s’améliorer doucement. Néanmoins il est raisonnable de rester prudent, afin de ne pas nourrir un optimisme prématuré.

Lors du rendez-vous de contrôle, début juillet, l’hématologue qui le suit pour la leucémie était très satisfaite : les résultats des analyses indiquent que la maladie est bien maîtrisée par la chimiothérapie. Autre bonne nouvelle : ce traitement, relativement léger, suffit pour l’instant à contenir les cellules cancéreuses. Lama n’a donc plus aucun cathéter ni perfusion, et malgré la gravité de la leucémie, la situation est actuellement bien contrôlée par des doses minimes de chimiothérapie par voie orale.

Le traitement de cortisone, commencé en mai pour endiguer les problèmes de foie dus à la maladie liée aux IgG4, a donné d’excellents résultats. Les dysfonctionnements des voies biliaires ont totalement disparu et la cortisone a quasiment été stoppée.
Lama Teunsang se sent encore fatigué bien que nous constations certaines améliorations : il reprend du poids, a moins besoin de dormir durant la journée, marche un peu plus facilement et se permet même, quand il se déplace dans le temple, sous prétexte de ne pas abîmer le plancher en bois, de n’utiliser qu’une seule canne : c’est un progrès notable ! Il se rend toujours deux fois par jour au temple à pied, en faisant parfois des détours par les 8 stupas. Il se fatigue cependant rapidement dès qu’il doit faire un effort un peu soutenu.

Par ailleurs depuis le début de l’épidémie il ne descend plus à la salle à manger et prend ses repas dans sa chambre, ce qui est moins fatigant et plus sûr pour le protéger.
Il passe beaucoup de temps dans sa chambre et utilise tous les moments disponibles pour réciter des mantras d’Amitabha “OM AMI DEOUA HRI” afin dit-il d’avancer l’accumulation des 100 millions de mantras, qu’il souhaite voir rapidement achevée.

Enfin concernant la reprise des entretiens individuels, Lama Teunsang dit que tant qu’il est malade, il est préférable qu’il n’y en ait pas.

News of Lama Teunsang’s Health

Since the last news on June 15th, Lama Teunsang’s health seems to be stabilizing, even improving slowly. Yet it is reasonable to remain cautious, so as not to nurture premature optimism.

At the check-up appointment in early July, the hematologist who is following Lama for leukemia was very satisfied: the results of the tests indicate that the disease is well controlled by chemotherapy. Another piece of good news is that this relatively mild treatment is sufficient to contain the cancer cells for the time being. As a result, Lama no longer has any catheters or infusions, and despite the severity of the leukemia, the situation is currently well controlled with minimal doses of oral chemotherapy.

Cortisone treatment was started in May to stem the liver problems caused by the IgG4-related disease, and has shown excellent results. The bile duct dysfunctions have completely disappeared, and the treatment has almost been stopped.
Lama Teunsang still feels tired, although we are seeing some improvements: he is gaining weight again, needs less sleep during the day, walks a little more easily and even allows himself the use of a single cane as he moves around the temple, using the excuse that he doesn’t want to damage the wooden floors… This is a noticeable progress! He still walks to the temple twice a day, sometimes making detours through the 8 stupas. However, he gets tired quickly as soon as he has to make a little sustained effort.

Moreover, since the beginning of the pandemic he no longer goes down to the dining room and takes his meals in his room, which is less tiring and safer.
He spends a lot of time in his room and uses every available moment to recite Amitabha’s mantras “OM AMI DEWA HRI” in order to further the accumulation of the 100 million mantras, which he wishes to see quickly completed.

Finally concerning the resumption of individual interviews, Lama Teunsang says that as long as he is ill, it is preferable that there be none.

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 ".