NEWS & EVENTS

February, 2017

Meditation Workshop with Tempa Lama to Benefit the Humla Medical Service Trip Clinics. Saturday, May 6th at Sruti Yoga Center in Great Barrington, MA

Chöd Healing Ritual
The Generosity of the Sky Goddess

Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:30am-5:30pm
at Sruti Berkshire Yoga Center, 33 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA

Healing Chöd is an ancient Tibetan Bon ritual known for its power to alleviate physical, emotional, and mental illness and suffering. There are no instructions to follow or techniques to learn. One simply lies down, rests, and receives healing. Healing Chöd is suitable for everyone, including those with chronic or mild illnesses. “Chod” means to cut through. This unique practice with its melodious chant accompanied by the Tibetan hand drum involves our whole being, offering healing and opening us to the wisdom that can cut through the four fears that cause suffering.

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. Tempa Lama was born in the Humla Valley of Nepal, close to the Tibetan Border, into a family of Bon and Buddhist practitioners. His grandfather was a village shaman priest, called Drang Rig. Tempa Lama lived closely with his grandfather and often accompanied him on visits to sick and dying people. At the age of six, Tempa Lama entered Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, where he was placed under the care of H.H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Bon tradition. Tempa Lama has been living and teaching in the US, as well as teaching in Canada, Mexico, and Europe, since 2000. In 2013, Tempa Lama co-founded Humla Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the Bon culture and traditions in the Humla region of Nepal through access to quality education, healthcare and sustainable economic development.

WorkshopTuition: $125.

100% of all workshop fees will be donated to Humla Fund to support its medical clinic that will bring free
acupuncture and holistic health care to hundreds of Humli villagers this September.

To Register: Please make a check payment to Humla Fund and mail to PO Box 327, Spencertown, NY 12165

For More Information Contact Heidi at info@humlafund.org.

October, 2016

Humla Medical Service Trip 2017

September 18 - October 4, 2017 -  Inviting practitioners and volunteers to trek through the sacred mountains of Humla to deliver no-cost, high-quality holistic health care to one of the poorest and most remote areas in the world. More information.

October, 2016

Our Clinics Are Changing Lives

This year our mobile clinics focused on providing traditional medicine to the villages of Burause, Torpa, Nyimatang, and Bargaun.  We treated over 450 villagers with Tibetan herbal medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion. After three consecutive years of providing health care in the region, we have seen our work profoundly impacting the overall health and well-being of the people.

Three years ago, our medical team began treating 4 month old baby Gagan for parasites and severe malnutrition. Gagan was failing to grow and thrive and his life was in danger. We addressed the immediate medical needs of the child by treating him for parasites with herbal medicine, followed by nutritional and breastfeeding support. Our practitioners spent time enhancing the family’s skills in hygiene and food preparation, strengthened family dynamics, and increased household food availability to treat the mother and child’s nutrient deficiencies. Since then, our team has continued yearly treatments for Gagan and his mother Hirkali. Gagan is now a healthy three year old boy and comes to our clinic for pediatric well visits, acupuncture and herbs. His grandfather, Gota Jit, said Humla Fund’s clinic, “Saved my grandson’s life. If you had not been here, my grandson would not be alive today. Thank you from my whole heart.” 

October, 2016

First Tibetan Medicine Lecture Given By Local Amchi

Tibetan doctor (amchi), Tsering Norbu, gave a historic and valuable address to the villagers on diet, lifestyle choices, and preventative medicine in the native Humli language. This was the first educational lecture on preventative health ever given to the villagers by one of their own doctors. Amchi Tsering was born and raised in Torpa Village and is the first from his village to have received a degree in Tibetan medicine. Since Amchi Tsering has been working with patients in Humla Fund’s mobile clinics, we have seen a significant decrease in alcoholism in the villages. Many of the villagers expressed that they did not realize the harmful effects drinking alcohol was having on their health and community until they started making different choices. One villager explained, “I used to drink because there was nothing else to do. Now I recite mantras instead, and my family and I feel more peace in our lives.”
  
“It always amazes me how health education really does make all the difference, especially for long-term change. It is definitely one of the most important aspects to improving health here in Humla.”
 - Heidi Harding, Co-founder and President of Humla Fund

October, 2016

Construction of Humla Fund’s New Medical Clinic To Begin This Spring

Geshe Tsewang Ngodup, Geshe Dawa, and Tempa Lama consecrated Humla Fund’s newly acquired land in Simikot for construction to begin this Spring.

Humla Fund plans to establish in Humla a permanent, sustainable, traditional Tibetan medical clinic with midwifery nursing care. This clinic will provide consistent health care and education to villagers who currently have little to no access to health care.

October, 2016

Shaman Temples Rebuilt in Nyimatang and Burause

This year Humla Fund rebuilt the shaman temples in the villages of Nyimatang and Burause. The completions of these projects are a significant achievement in strengthening native cultural identity and traditions. Shamanism is an ancient form of healing practiced in Humla to restore balance to nature and the physical body. Shamans are the primary doctors and community leaders, who find solutions to problems afflicting the community. The shamans are consulted by the villagers for a wide range of concerns, such as physical illnesses, weather, harvest, protection, family, and community relationships. As Humla slowly modernizes, this powerful and valuable form of healing and relating to life, to one another, and to the environment is at risk of being lost. The restoration of these temples ensures that this rich healing tradition will continue to benefit future generations.

October, 2016

Sacred Stupas Rebuilt in the Village of Bargaun

Since ancient times, stupas have been an architectural representation of pure Buddha quality of mind that is inherent in all people. Stupas were typically erected at the four corners of the perimeter of villages for protection. A stupa is intended to stop us in our tracks as a reminder that we all have the seed of enlightenment. People also gather at stupas in order to connect: to one's own hearts, to each other, to the natural world. The ten-year civil war in Nepal, 1996-2006, destroyed many of these sacred stupas and has had a devastating and lasting effect on villagers’ lives. Humla Fund rebuilt the four stupas of the village of Bargaun. Thinley Lama, a villager of Bargaun said, “For the last ten years my family has experienced so much suffering and misfortune. Our harvest has been poor, our health and our animals’ heath has all suffered. Since the stupas have been rebuilt, everything in our lives has changed for the better, and we are finally free and happy.” 

"We know the stupas are important… They are the source and life itself, but somehow we forgot until they were rebuilt. Now we remember and life is much better for us.” - Village Chief of Bargaun.

April, 2016

Meditation Workshop with Tempa Lama to Benefit the Humla Medical Service Trip Clinics. Saturday, July 23 at Sruti Yoga Center in Great Barrington, MA

The Heart Mantra For Healing and Transformation
With Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 9:30am-5:30pm
at Sruti Berkshire Yoga Center, 33 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA

In this daylong workshop Tempa Dukte Lama will give the transmission and instruction for the contemplative Tibetan Bon practice of the Heart Mantra, Du Tri Su for healing and transformation. The Heart Mantra is the heart essence of the teaching of the Bon Buddha Tonpa Shenrab. Tonpa Shenrab taught this mantra to give people a practice that has the power to liberate simply by hearing or reciting it, seeing it, or contemplating it. Du Tri Su is a powerful mantra for physical healing and the healing of relationships and purification of karmic conditioning. It strengthens our vital energy and clears obstacles in our own life and in the lives of others. This practice is also used to guide the souls of the deceased and help them find peace and wellbeing. It protects us from epidemics, disease, obstacles, hostile forces and disturbing spirits that can bring illness or misfortune into our lives.

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. Tempa Lama was born in the Humla Valley of Nepal, close to the Tibetan Border, into a family of Bon and Buddhist practitioners. His grandfather was a village shaman priest, called Drang Rig. Tempa Lama lived closely with his grandfather and often accompanied him on visits to sick and dying people. At the age of six, Tempa Lama entered Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, where he was placed under the care of H.H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Bon tradition. Tempa Lama was the first child to leave Humla to receive an education. In 1998, Tempa Lama followed his deep interest in traditional healing practices and spent a year in Humla researching traditional Bon healing practices of shamanism in his family lineage. Tempa Lama has been living and teaching in the US, as well as teaching in Canada, Mexico, and Europe, since 2000. In 2013, Tempa Lama co-founded Humla Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the Bon culture and traditions in the Humla region of Nepal through access to quality education, healthcare and sustainable economic development.

WorkshopTuition: $125.
100% of all workshop fees will be donated to Humla Fund to support its medical clinic that will bring free
acupuncture and holistic health care to hundreds of Humli villagers this September.

To Register: Please make a check payment to Humla Fund and mail to PO Box 327, Spencertown, NY 12165

For More Information Contact Heidi at info@humlafund.org

April, 2016

Reunion Celebration for Humla Medical Service Trip Volunteers in New York City on Thursday, July 21 6-8pm

All past, present and interested future volunteers welcome. Join us for a celebration in NYC at the home of one of our past volunteers.

RSVP to Heidi at info@humlafund.org.

January, 2016

2016 Humla Medical Service Trip

We are happy to announce that our pilgrimage to Humla will be September 13 - 29, 2016.  More information.

November, 2015

Land Purchased in Humla for Future Site of Bon Community Cultural Center and School.

Humla Fund received a generous donation to purchase land in Simikot, the district capital of Humla.  This land will serve as the future home for a Bon community center and school for kindergarten to grade 12. Securing this land achieved our first step towards creating a place to provide an education for local children and preserving the native Tibetan language and culture.

November, 2015

550 Villagers Treated in Humla with Medical Care

Our volunteers trekked through the Himalayas to set up mobile clinics in the isolated mountain villages of Bargaun, Burause and Torpa.  We provided free Tibetan herbal medicine, acupuncture, and gynecologic and pediatric care. Previously, these villages had little to no access to health care. Thank you to our volunteers and donors. Together we are making a profound difference in the health and quality of life for the Humli people.

November, 2015

108 Monks Treated at Triten Norbuste Monastery in Kathmandu

In light of last April’s devastating earthquake, we set up a clinic at Triten Norbuste Monastery before our mission to the Humla District. It was important to us to offer care to the monks out of gratitude for the help they have given to all those who suffered in the earthquake.

November, 2015

Inauguration of New Shaman and Women’s Temples

Last year on our medical service trip to Humla, it was evident that the women’s temple was in severe disrepair, and the shaman’s temple did not provide adequate shelter for the village elders from the rain and cold.  In response to these needs, Humla Fund donated the necessary capital to Torpa village to rebuild these two temples. This year the temples were completed and we were there to celebrate the inauguration.  The construction of these temples are a significant achievement towards strengthening the culture and Humli way of life.  The shamans are the primary doctors and community leaders who find solutions to problems afflicting the community.  The women of this village feel strongly that the support to rebuild their temple will empower them to make decisions about what happens in their lives, homes and communities. Rebuilding the women's temple is a crucial part of the effort to invest women in Humla with greater influence in their homes and community.