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Indian Government to Confer Padma Shri Award on Dr Yeshi Dhonden

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A file photo of Dr Yeshi Dhondhen receiving an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Shyamal Sinha

A file photo of Dr Yeshi Dhondhen receiving an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The famous cancer and Aids specialist Dr. Yeshi Dhonden has achieved a lot in his profession. In the mid 70′s, he was invited to the University of Virginia for the purpose of lecturing about Tibetan Medicine.

Dr Lobsang Sangay congratulated Dr Yeshi Dhonden, a noted Tibetan medical practitioner for being names as one of the recipients of the prestigious Padma Shri award by the government of India. He is the second Tibetan to receive the prestigious award from the Indian government after Geshe Ngawang Samten.

“We congratulate his personal contribution and recognition of Tibetan medicine which is now increasingly being discovered and treasured by the international community for its healing prowess,” President Dr Lobsang Sangay who is currently on an official visit to Europe, said.

Dr Yeshi Dhonden is a Buddhist monk and was His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s personal physician for about twenty years from 1960 to 1980. He has been conferred the Padma Shri award for his contribution towards medicine by the government of India on the 69th anniversary of India’s Republic Day.

He has gained a reputation over the years for being highly effective and beneficial to patients, particularly as a cancer specialist. He was both Director and principal of the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute (TMAI) until 1979. .

Dr Yeshi Dhonden is known as one of the foremost Tibetan doctors of the world. Over the last 63 years, he has successfully treated patients with all kinds of ailments at his present Clinic located at Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala.

Dr Yeshi Dhonden examining a patient.