Continuing Sis Lim Guat Cheng’s log entries on Aloka Foundation’s presence at the Kalachakra for World Peace – a major Buddhist event in Bodhgaya, India where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,600 years ago.
Sis Than Lai Har and Sis Guat Cheng were sent to Bohdgaya to see to the operations of a Medical Camp initiated by Bhante Mahinda and supported by Friends of Aloka for the benefit of over 200,000 participants of the Kalachakra, attracted by the conferment of Kalachakra initiation by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
They were also our Metta Round The World Ambassadors to the Kalachakra, tasked with promoting Metta Round The World to the many from around the world that had descended on Bodhgaya.
We had a few days of anxiety and stress upon our arrival on Dec 31 in Bodhgaya as we found out that the medical camp site had yet to be identified and set up. The medical camp is supposed to be up and running on Jan 1. After three days of following-up with both our on-the-ground coordinators, TC Thinlay and Ngawang Chonden, it was finally confirmed late in the evening on Jan 3 that the tent has been set-up and will be ready for use the next day.
Both Thinlay and Ngawang are part of the Kalachakra Organizing Committee and have been extremely busy with the Kalachakra event and overly taxed from all quarters.
We are grateful that despite of their busy workload, they did not mind taking on the extra load to help Aloka Foundation with the ground arrangements for the Medical Camp.
The two doctors, two nurses and one assistant recruited to man the Medical Camp swung into action to get the site ready and the medicine sorted out. We chipped in to help and took on the roles of ‘errand boys’ buying stationeries – note pads for the doctors to write the prescriptions and register book for the nurses to record the medicine in-stock and dispensed — arranging for packed lunch from Tibet Om Café, purchasing drinking water and even Indian sweets, at their request.
While the doctors and nurses were getting the camp ready, patients were already dropping by. On Day One, there were over 130 patients and Day Two, over 160 patients.