Ladakh Society for Traditional Medicines

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Members of the project team

Karma NamgyalKarma Namgyal is the Project Coordinator. Originally from Lingshed, one of the remotest villages in Ladakh, Karma was a monk in his village monastery for over twenty years, before giving up his robes and rejoining the laity in 1997. Fieldworker and teacher of Tibetan grammar for young amchis, he takes care of various aspects of the organisation’s programmes.

Karma ChodonKarma Chodon is the Medical Advisor. A well respected and skilful amchi originally from Tibet, she holds the Katchupa diploma (Tib. dka’ bcu pa), which she received from the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Choglamsar. She was the main professor during the Dusrapa training and now manages the LSTM clinic in Changspa, and is involved with the “Medicinal Plants” and medical education projects. Her skills and knowledge have given her the opportunity to travel to England and France, where she has given lectures.

Konchok TseringKonchok Tsering is an Amchi Assistant, originally from the Markha valley. He is both a monk and an amchi, and studied amchi medicine for four years as one of the LSTM / Nomad RSI Dusrapa students and began working with the team as soon as he completed his training. He works full-time at the LSTM clinic during summer, treating patients and improving his practical knowledge and in winter he assists the rest of the project team at the office.

Members of the Board

Thinles Yangjor is the President of LSTM. He studied Tibetan medicine at the Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala for seven years, attaining the prestigious Katchupa diploma. Before becoming the president of LSTM he was an important advisor to the organization and assisted in numerous ways. He is presently Professor in Tibetan Medicine at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Choglamsar.

Tsering PhuntsogTsering Phuntsog, Vice-President, currently the ‘Chief Amchi’ of Ladakh, government officier responsible for Tibetan medicine in the region. He is the former President of Ladakh Amchi Sabha and one of the most widely known and respected amchi in Ladakh. He has been a highly-valued advisor to LSTM since 1999 - the very beginning of Nomad RSI’s work in Ladakh. He also works full-time as the Amchi physician at the main biomedical hospital in Leh.

Tsewang GonboTsewang Gonbo, Secretary, has been working with LSTM / Nomad RSI for more seven years. An undergraduate in Humanities and a social activist even during his college time, for the ten years prior to joining LSTM he was involved in social work with volunteer organisations, working for educational reform in Ladakh.

Amchi Gurmet Namgyal is perhaps the most famous and experienced amchi in the region. He worked at the central government-funded Sowa Rigpa Research Centre for more than 20 years, where he conducted research on a wide variety of subjects connected to Tibetan medicine. He is today a valued advisor and an important member of the project team.

Gurmet Namgyal

Tsewang Norbu, board member, has been an active campaigner for amchi medicine for many years, including a period as the cashier of Ladakh Amchi Sabha. He provides good support to LSTM and advises on a broad set of operational questions.

Mohammad AbbasMohammad Abbas, board member, is a well-known naturalist, passionate about Ladakh’s wildlife and environment. He has held a number of positions in government service, including a long period as Forest Range Officer for Changthang and his current post as Wildlife Officer, Forest Department, Leh. His considerable knowledge of medicinal plants has been invaluable to LSTM in recent years and he has often assisted during field projects.

Equipe permanente

Karma NamgyalKarma Namgyal est coordinateur de Ladakh Society for Traditional Medicines. Karma fut moine au monastère de Lingshed pendant plus de vingt ans, avant de se dévouer au travail social en 1998, avec Nomad RSI puis LSTM. Homme de terrain et expert en grammaire tibétaine, il est en charge, en plus de ses fonctions de coordination, de divers projets de l’organisation.

Karma ChodonKarma Chodon est conseillère médicale. Amchi d’origine tibétaine, diplômée en médecine tibétaine (Katchupa, dka’ bcu pa) de l’Institut Central d’Etudes Bouddhiques (CIBS) de Choglamsar, elle fut Professeur principal de la formation Dusrapa. Karma Chodon est aujourd’hui en charge de la clinique de LSTM à Changspa et participe à divers aspects des projets « plantes médicinales » et éducation continue. Sa réputation et ses compétences lui offrent la possibilité de voyager en Angleterre et en France où elle donne des cycles de conférences.

Konchok TseringKonchok Tsering est assistant amchi. Moine originaire de la vallée de Markha, il fut éduqué comme amchi dans le cadre des programmes Nomad RSI/LSTM. Il a rejoint l’équipe permanente de LSTM a la fin de ses études. Il travaille à plein temps dans la clinique de LSTM pendant la saison estivale, effectuant des consultations et améliorant ses connaissances auprès de Karma Chodon. En hiver, il assiste le reste de l’équipe dans divers aspects du programme.

Conseil d’administration

Thinles Yangjor est président. Il est un des rares ladakhis à avoir étudié la médecine tibétaine au Men-Tsee-Khang de Dharamsala et est aujourd’hui le professeur responsable de la formation médicale de l’Institut Central d’Etudes Bouddhiques (CIBS) de Choglamsar. Thinles Yangjor fut plusieurs années un conseiller important de LSTM, avant d’y détenir une fonction officielle.

Tsering PhuntsogTsering Phuntsog, vice-président de LSTM, est l’amchi responsable-en-chef pour la médecine tibétaine auprès du gouvernement du Ladakh. Ancien président de Ladakh Amchi Sabha, il est un conseiller crucial pour les programmes de Nomad RSI et LSTM depuis 1998. Il pratique aujourd’hui dans une clinique de médecine tibétaine au sein de l’hôpital biomédical régional.

Tsewang GonboTsewang Gonbo est secrétaire de LSTM depuis l’an 2000. Diplômé en sciences humaines, sa conscience sociale s’est affirmée dès le lycée. Il a travaillé pendant dix années auprès de différentes associations, notamment sur la reforme scolaire au Ladakh, avant de rejoindre LSTM.

Gurmet Namgyal, membre de LSTM, est décrit par ses pairs comme l’un des amchi les plus expérimentés du Ladakh. Vingt années responsable de l’Unité de recherche sur la médecine des amchi pour le compte du gouvernement central de l’Inde, cet amchi a mené de nombreuses recherches en lien avec cette médecine. Il est aujourd’hui un membre important de LSTM, participant occasionnellement aux activités de terrain.

Gurmet Namgyal

Tsewang Norbu est un expert amchi, qui fut plusieurs années trésorier de Ladakh Amchi Sabha.
Membre de LSTM, il rempli un rôle de conseiller.

Mohammad AbbasMohammad Abbas, membre de LSTM, est officier des eaux et forêts au sein du département des forêts, Leh. Passionné par la nature et les questions environnementales, il est expert en botanique et en ornithologie. Il participe activement aux campagnes de sensibilisation à la préservation des plantes médicinales organisées par LSTM dans les villages du Ladakh.