Acupuncture at Namo Buddha medical clinic in Nepal, 2016

It was my great pleasure to volunteer my time and acupuncture skills at a medical clinic located in Namo Buddha Nepal. I spent a month there in the autumn of 2016 working with the clinic monks, medical doctor, volunteer nurse and an acupuncture assistant/translator. The clinic provides local villagers with free medical care and acupuncture three days a week, with approximately 30-40 patients receiving acupuncture per day.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia and lacking sanitation, clean water and nutritious food. These conditions make villagers especially vulnerable to illness. Access to healthcare is difficult and most villagers walked between 2-6 hours to receive treatment at the medical clinic.

My experience has left me even more grateful to be blessed with all that I have.

A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

Two inspirational quotes about compassion and stewardship from Buddha.  A Buddhist monastery operates the medical clinic, so I thought them most fitting.

Blessings,

Amy Grapel


Photos and Videos – Medical Clinic in Namo Buddha Nepal

The Clinic

Clinic in Namo Buddha Nepal

Clinic in Namo Buddha Nepal

The clinic opened in April 1995 to serve local villagers as well as the 30 monks attending school and Namo Buddha monastery. Since then, the community has grown dramatically.

The clinic now manages the healthcare of 3,000 active patients from the neighboring areas and more than 130 monks studying at the monastery, many of them from remote Himalayan villages.

While the previous clinic building was tiny, the new facility has greatly improved health care services with clean water, pharmacy, a spacious waiting room out of the weather, privacy for patient visits and rooms for difficult cases and an acupuncture clinic. Dedicated in early 2009, the new building provides rooms for the medical staff, a Medicine Buddha shrine room and visiting volunteer doctors and healthcare professionals.

Clinic Webpage: http://namobuddha.org/clinic.html

Acupuncture with Nepali villagers, monks and nuns

  • Nepali villagers waiting for acupuncture

    Nepali villagers waiting for acupuncture

  • Patients receiving acupuncture

    Patients receiving acupuncture

  • Patients receiving acupuncture

    Patients receiving acupuncture

  • Patients receiving acupuncture

    Patients receiving acupuncture

  • Couldn't have done without Usha, my translator and helper

    Couldn't have done without Usha, my translator and helper

  • Nuns receiving acupuncture

    Nuns receiving acupuncture

  • Patient receiving acupuncture

    Patient receiving acupuncture

  • Nun receiving acupuncture

    Nun receiving acupuncture

  • Patient receiving acupuncture

    Patient receiving acupuncture

  • Volunteer nurse and Amy helping a monk

    Volunteer nurse and Amy helping a monk

  • Young monks monkeying around!

    Young monks monkeying around!

Amy's volunteer acupuncture trip to Nepal

  • Patients receiving acupuncture

    Patients receiving acupuncture

  • Patient receiving acupuncture

    Patient receiving acupuncture

  • Patient receiving acupuncture

    Patient receiving acupuncture

  • Patient receiving acupuncture

    Patient receiving acupuncture

  • Patient receiving acupuncture

    Patient receiving acupuncture

  • Monk receiving acupuncture

    Monk receiving acupuncture

  • Patient walked 2 hours to the clinic on crutches!

    Patient walked 2+hours to the clinic on crutches!

  • Patient receiving acupuncture

    Patient receiving acupuncture

  • Nun receiving acupuncture

    Nun receiving acupuncture

  • Patient receiving acupuncture

    Patient receiving acupuncture

 

Namo Buddha Clinic Video

Namo Buddha Clinic Video

Making incense at the Namo Buddha medical clinic

  • Local juniper

    Local juniper & herbs made into a dough

  • Herbal dough placed into a press

    Herbal dough placed into a press

  • Dough pressed into long thin strands

    Dough pressed into long thin strands

  • Strands are cut to size

    Strands are cut to size

  • Incense sticks are lined up tightly

    Incense sticks are lined up tightly

  • Amy straightening incense sticks

    Amy straightening incense sticks

  • Cut to uniform size

    Cut to uniform size

  • Clinic Monk

    Clinic Monk

  • Incense drying in the sun

    Incense drying in the sun

  • The final product rolled into bunches

    The final product rolled into bunches

 

Making Incense Video