International Nepal: Joan Halifax's Nomads Clinic and Medical Pilgrimage

Sep 02, 2017 — Oct 03, 2017  |  Nepal
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Since 1980, we have been going on pilgrimage to the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau with clinicians and others bringing medical support into very remote, high altitude regions. The only way we have been able to access these areas has been on foot and by horse, and the journey into these areas has always been challenging and beautiful.

We combine two objectives in the Nomads Clinic Pilgrimage, one being to give medical/health support to people in these areas and to mentor Nepali clinicians as part of this endeavor. The second objective is pilgrimage and contemplative practice. These journeys have always brought us to sacred places for Himalayan people, to monasteries and holy valleys that are revered by the locals, and to mountains that are considered to be the living embodiment of the teachings and heart/mind of the Buddha. We go in the spirit and practice of service, knowing that simply being in this landscape transforms us, and that serving those who live in the high mountains brings us closer to who we really are.

The journey and clinics are led collaboratively by Roshi Joan Halifax with a support team and community, that includes Dr. Charlie McDonald, Noah Rossetter, Tenzin Norbu, Prem Dorchi Lama, Lama Ngawang, Tora Akita, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Pema Gyalpo, Nurse Wangmo, and Amchi Lhundrup. In addition to the clinics, there are dharma teachings, time for meditation and special practices in local monasteries, and community building between our Western and Nepali members. Many of the people on our team have engaged in the Nomads Clinic Pilgrimage for years, and this is an intercultural community of great heart.

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