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.

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.