This week I had the pleasure of hosting Lama Doctor Tsewang Ngodrup Rinpoche in my home and office and sitting in with Him during a series of medical consultations. Never before have I so clearly witnessed what it means to be a healer.

His incredible skill with the intricacies of urine diagnosis, reading pulses and palpation were, actually, the least remarkable of what makes Rinpoche a true healer. His presence, loving-kindness and compassion radiates through His being, and despite the communication difficulties through an interpreter, the direction of his attention and the purity of His heart make one instantly grateful and sparks the transformative process of healing.

His presence was a beautiful reminder that what truly makes a healer is not simply one’s medical knowledge or techniques (of which Rinpoche possesses in unique abundance), but rather one’s cultivation.

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