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Six virtues a medicare giver must possess : APJ Abdul Kalam

July 18, 2012

On November 17th, 2008, I visited Nepal to preside as the Chief Guest at the yearly convocation ceremony of Kathmandu University. During my brief visit to Nepal, I met Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath, Kathmandu. I would like to share an experience with Choakyi Nyima Rinpoche, the Chief Monk in Kathmandu and a medical researcher. After nearly a kilometer of walk, I reached the white Kumbha where the chief Monk and his disciples were waiting to receive me. After reception the Chief Monk said, let us go to our study room and I followed him. He climbed the first floor, the second floor, the third floor, the fourth floor and the fifth floor, just like a young boy. Probably the life style has a positive impact on the mind and body. All along I was following and following.

When I reached his chamber, I saw a laboratory and a spiritual environment over looking the Himalayas. What surprised me was his research students come from different parts of the world. Particularly he introduced me to his co-author David R Shlim, MD who is working on a research area, Medicine and Compassion. The Chief Monk Choakyi Nyima Rinpoche and myself exchanged few books. The Monk has written with Dr. David R. Shlim a book titled “Medicine and Compassion”. I liked this book and read it during my journey from Katmandu to Delhi.

This book gives six important virtues, which a medical practitioner has to possess towards their patients.

First virtue is generosity;
the second virtue is pure ethics;
third is tolerance,
fourth is perseverance,
fifth is cultivating pure concentration and
the sixth virtue is to be intelligent.

These virtues will empower the caregivers with a humane heart. Particularly these are the virtues, which may be the guiding force to be emulated by the medical practitioners, healthcare professionals and nurses and paramedical staff across the world.

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