Bringing awareness to the needs of the
ZANSKAR MEDICAL PROJECT
Hands On Global Inc is delighted and honored to be hosting Geshe Yonten’s visit to Montana and California. Geshe la is a Tibetan Monk and member of the Zanskar Health Committee. Geshe Lobsang Yonten was born in Zanskar, a remote part of northern India that is historically and ethnically Tibetan. At the age of ten his father presented him with a choice – become betrothed to a girl in the neighboring village or become a monk. He chose to become a monk joining the local monastery and studying there for five years. Upon completing the exams at his local monastery he travelled to Depung Monastery in South India and began the twenty-six year program of scholarly study to become a Geshe. This degree is the highest monastic degree in Buddhism. During these 26 years he was tested on his knowledge of Buddhist philosophy in front of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In addition to his work with the Zanskar Foundation, Geshe Yonten is a member of a small group of monks selected by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to study English, western philosophy, and science so that he may teach, collaborate and study with scientists, philosophers, educators and others around the world.
Upon becoming a Geshe and taking the Bodhisattva vows of compassion, the Dalai Lama asked Geshe Yonten what he would do as his service to others. Recognizing the importance of the Himalayan region to the survival of the last authentic Tibetan Buddhist Culture, Geshe took on the responsibility of educating the children and bringing a modern health care system to Zanskar.
In 2015 The Dalai Lama funded the construction of the Sowa Rigpa Hospital in Zanskar. Under Geshe la’s leadership , together with Zanskar Health Committee and Hands On Global Inc, the Sowa Rigpa hospital was successfully opened in July 2016. This was an important milestone providing modern and allopathic healthcare to ALL Zanskaris. The hospital was inaugurated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in July 2017.