Lama Teunsang étant de plus en plus essoufflé depuis quelques jours, avec une difficulté à respirer qui s’accentuait de jour en jour, il a été hospitalisé du 22 au 26 janvier sur les recommandations de Sophie Tartas, notre amie oncologue qui suit le Lama depuis deux ans.

L’examen clinique a révélé un tableau de décompensation cardiaque droite, se traduisant par une rétention d’eau très importante dans le corps. Une radiographie pulmonaire, une échographie cardiaque, puis un scanner ont confirmé ce diagnostic. En outre un épanchement pleural (de l’eau dans l’espace entre les poumons et la paroi du thorax) a pu être ponctionné et évacué. Des analyses complémentaires, dont certaines sont encore en cours, n’ont pas révélé de cellules malignes. Un traitement par diurétiques à haute dose a permis de réduire rapidement la rétention d’eau, avec de bons résultats sur son essoufflement.

Cependant cette décompensation cardiaque constitue un facteur de fragilité supplémentaire. Il faut en déterminer la cause, et le diagnostic n’est pas encore clairement établi. Des examens complémentaires devraient permettre de définir le traitement le plus adapté. En attendant Lama Teunsang a un nouveau traitement diurétique.

Par ailleurs durant son séjour à l’hôpital, le médecin lui a proposé d’être vacciné contre le Covid, au vu de son âge et ses multiples facteurs de risque. Lama Teunsang a tout de suite accepté et a reçu la première injection, qui sera suivie d’une deuxième dans quelques semaines. Nous sommes conscients que l’opportunité du vaccin anti-covid est diversement appréciée parmi nos membres. Mais l’état de santé du Lama nécessite une protection maximale contre ce virus. Son organisme est affaibli, suite à son cancer à l’estomac pour lequel a subi une lourde opération, par la leucémie, qui bien que contrôlée est encore active. Il s’y ajoute une maladie auto-immune récurrente liée aux IGg4 et désormais une insuffisance cardiaque. A 86 ans, une infection par la Covid – malgré toutes les précautions que l’on prend – lui serait certainement fatale.

Lama Teunsang est sorti de l’hôpital le 26 janvier et se repose au centre. Il explique aux personnes qui s’inquiètent qu’il n’y a rien d’extraordinaire et que tout est normal : “je suis maintenant un homme âgé, mes sens s’émoussent et mon corps se détériore naturellement”. Dès son retour de l’hôpital, il a repris son rythme quotidien de présence au temple et se repose la journée. Il lui est maintenant devenu trop difficile d’enseigner comme avant. Il dit ne plus très bien voir et sa mémoire lui fait défaut.

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 faisons tout ce qui est médicalement recommandé pour le soutenir, et nous vous remercions d’être si nombreuses et nombreux à faire des souhaits pour sa longévité.

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 75 millions !
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News of Lama Teunsang’s Health

Lama Teunsang was more and more breathless over the last few days, with breathing difficulties worsening from day to day. He was therefore hospitalised from January 22nd to 26th, based on the recommendations of Sophie Tartas, our oncologist friend who has been following the Lama for two years.

The clinical examination revealed a picture of right heart decompensation, resulting in very high water retention in the body. A chest X-ray, a cardiac ultrasound then a CT scan confirmed this diagnosis. In addition, a pleural effusion (water in the space between the lungs and the chest wall) could be punctured and evacuated. Further tests, some of which are still in progress, did not reveal any malignant cells. Treatment with high-dose diuretics rapidly reduced water retention, with good results on breathlessness.

However, this cardiac decompensation represents an additional fragility. The cause must be determined, and the diagnosis has not yet been clearly established. Further examinations should make it possible to define the most suitable treatment. In the meantime, Lama Teunsang has a new diuretic treatment.

Furthermore, during his stay in hospital, the doctor suggested that he be vaccinated against Covid, given his age and his multiple risk factors. Lama Teunsang immediately accepted and received the first injection, which will be followed by a second one in a few weeks. We are aware that the opportunity of the Covid vaccine is diversely appreciated among our members. But the Lama’s health status requires maximum protection against this virus. His body is weakened by the after-effects of his stomach cancer for which he underwent a major operation, by leukaemia, which although controlled is still active. In addition to it, he suffers from a recurrent autoimmune disease linked to IGg4 and now heart failure. At the age of 86, a Covid infection – despite all the precautions taken – would certainly be fatal.

Lama Teunsang was discharged from hospital on January 26th and is resting at the Centre. He explains to people who are worried that there is nothing extraordinary and that everything is normal: “I am now an elderly man, my senses are dull and my body is deteriorating naturally”. As soon as he returned from the hospital, he resumed his daily rhythm of presence at the temple and rests during the day. It has now become too difficult for him to teach as he did before. He says he can no longer see very well, and his memory is failing.

We will continue to keep you regularly informed of Lama Teunsang’s health status, as we have been doing for the past three years. We are doing all that is medically recommended to support him, and we thank you for being so many to pray for long life.

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 75 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 ".