PRACTICING ‘MINDFULNESS’ in HEALTHCARE SERVICES: ‘Empty Cognizance’ in Non-Dual Space springs forth Compassion/Karuna for All Sentient Beings

Tashiding Monastery Sikkim

Tashiding Monastery, The Most Sacred Monastery in Sikkim

‘Tashiding Monastery’ or “The Devoted Central Glory” in Sikkim is considered as the most sacred and holiest monastery in Sikkim; belonging to the Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it was built in the year 1717 by revered lama Ngadak Sempa Chempo Phunshok Rigzing. He was one of the three wise men who held the consecration ceremony crowning the first king of Sikkim at Yuksom. Guru Padmasambhava selected the place as he did sadhana in Tashiding in the 8th century and there are many caves which have the energy vibration of his practice in and around Tashiding, located above a hilltop at the site of the confluence of two rivers, Ranjit and Rathang Chu.

The secret golden vase

An image of Padmasambhava on an initiation card, Tibet, 19th Century. Padmasambhava is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition.

An image of Padmasambhava on an initiation card, Tibet, 19th Century. Padmasambhava is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition.

Adorns the waters of all heavens

Blessing earth and its people

To be healthy and wise

to generate all actions from the mindful heart

Beholding karuna for all sentient beings

In the sunlit space of Rigpa

There where clouds dissipate

Leaving no trace of thoughts and illness

Opening inside where stillness pervades

A quiet undertaking of the practice

Summons all the attendant deities and the rainbow lords

To experience the enlightenment ecstasy

of ‘Empty Congizance”

In the ‘Book of Chao’, Seng-Chao discussed that ‘Prajna’ is a kind of ignorance as well because the Ultimate Reality has no qualities and is not a thing, it cannot become an object of knowledge. But, here, we have to understand that the word ignorance refers not to mundane stupidity or callousness but to a higher truth that is encapsulated in primordial purity of our mind. Therefore, it becomes obvious that this is Mindfulness as it is the ‘Direct Insight’ that knows the truth by not knowing. This is also the historical link between TAOISM and the ZEN. In this way we can better appreciate the Spontaneous Perfection of Rigpa in Dzochen Teachings. Truly to know is not to know, that the awakened mind responds immediately, without calculation, and that there is no incompatibility between Buddhahood and the everyday life of the world.

Compassion or ‘loving kindness’ when associated with ‘prajna’ or wisdom which is our essential nature is the key realization experience that gives stability to our being (existence). This when reaches a completion stage by practice of daily ‘mindfulness’ is a valuable asset that can help us improve our HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE 21st CENTURY. It’s not only modern technology and facilities, but also, skillful ways of practising compassion for the health and well-being of all individuals.

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PRESS RELEASE

John Hopkins Medicine

25th July 2016, Mobile Health and Wellness Clinic Debuts in Pune for Clinical Research and Community-Based Care
–Project provides a model for innovative health research, care and wellness

John Hopkins

JHU-BJGMC Clinical Research Partnership during a home visit in Pune/Credit: Courtesy of John Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education

The Maryland-based health care informatics company CTIS and its founders, Raj and Bharti Shah, have collaborated with the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College to equip and dispatch a custom-designed mobile health care services van in the state of Maharashtra in India.

The mobile clinic, the parties say, is designed to address the fact that India assumes a large burden of chronic and infectious diseases, leading the world in deaths related to tuberculosis, cervical cancer and diabetes, and ranking third in the number of people with HIV. While there has been progress in improving India’s clinical infrastructure in the last few decades, they say, the severity of disease and the sheer numbers of patients affected present challenges to addressing health care needs in underserved communities, underscoring the need for innovative approaches, such as mobile clinical care, that augment traditional service delivery models.

Equipped with a $100,000 donation from CTIS and the Shahs, the mobile clinic features advanced laboratory equipment for disease diagnoses, including a GeneXpert rapid TB diagnostic system. The van includes other modern care and treatment capabilities, including mobile radiology equipment.

While mobile clinics sponsored by corporate hospitals and charity organizations have been deployed in Maharashtra primarily to provide health care in rural areas, the group behind this effort say it is novel, in that it will strategically enhance community outreach for tuberculosis screening, research and care, and provide wellness services. Maharashtra is among India’s top regions for cases of drug-sensitive and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and the service area for the clinic comprises a population of 7 million people, including the city of Pune and surrounding villages.

“A mobile clinic provides a private and confidential environment for community-based health care and research,” says Ajay Chandanwale, dean of Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Raj and Bharti Shah, and appreciate the generous donation of the mobile clinic.”

Children, adolescents and adults, including pregnant and post-partum women, will be served. The mobile clinic’s capabilities will augment ongoing tuberculosis research, including monitoring households with people who have patients with TB and multidrug-resistant TB. While such research is critical for informing tuberculosis control strategies and science at the national level, the mobile clinic will also be used for targeted, community-based health and wellness programs that promote healthful living, Chandanwale says.

“We are highly committed to affecting broad changes in India’s ability to address serious health issues while simultaneously providing wellness programs that serve communities,” says CTIS CEO Raj Shah. “CTIS is pleased to provide a tool that can be used to deliver preventive services, health screening and care where they are needed.”

Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education Director Robert Bollinger, M.D., M.P.H., says the support from the Shahs will lead to improvements in health and wellness in Maharashtra, as well as provide a model for innovative health research, care and wellness for the rest of India. “The Shah mobile clinic really extends the reach of health services for communities and patients with limited resources, and it will be a tremendous asset to the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College-Johns Hopkins University research partnership.”

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About CTIS

CTIS, based in Rockville, Maryland, provides informatics solutions for clinical trials and research, and empowers patients and providers with technology-based health care solutions. Through the use of IT, it helps organizations produce efficient and effective outcomes. Its business is the capture, storage and use of information in health and biomedical science. It offers a patient-driven approach to informatics — improving privacy, security and safety. www.ctisinc.com
About the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education

The Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education is dedicated to improving health outcomes in resource-limited communities through clinical research and training, and by empowering health care providers and health researchers to develop and lead advancements in clinical research, practice and policy. www.ccghe.net
About Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College

Located in Pune, India, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College is among the top 10 medical schools in India. It is affiliated with a state-funded, 1,500-bed tertiary care public hospital, Sassoon General Hospital, which has a large outpatient program composed of 21 clinics and links to multiple NGOs in the community. The partnership between the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College was initially established in 1999 for HIV studies and now investigates other infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases and comorbidities. www.bjmcpune.org

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Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $7.7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading academic health care systems in the United States. JHM unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. JHM’s vision, “Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine,” is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, JHM educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. JHM operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, and more than 39 primary and specialty care outpatient sites under the umbrella of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. JHM extends health care into the community and globally through Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Johns Hopkins Medicine International and Johns Hopkins HealthCare. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, has been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 22 years of the survey’s 26-year history. For more information about Johns Hopkins Medicine, its research, education and clinical programs, and for the latest health, science and research news, visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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