Hospital Metta Aline
THE OPHALMOLOGY DISORDERS IN BURMA
According to the official data published, Burma is the country with the biggest ratios of blindness in the world. In fact, the predominance rate of this sickness is of 8.1 %, the main part of it registered in the extensive rural area. Among the reasons which cause the more relevant medical set of symptoms are cataracts, standing the 64 % of the cases, glaucoma, with a 17 % of incidence, Trachoma, an infectious illness which represents the 4 % of the registered cases of blindness and that, transmitted by touching, is produced by living in super population conditions, as well as other non verified factors, that represent the remaining 15 %.
One of the main causes of these alarming numbers is the big amount of people who suffer diabetes –more than three millions in all the territorial state−, disease that, as is well known, directly affects the eyes sight. Therefore, despite the medical recommendations, the 44 % of the diabetic patients at Burma don’t visit regularly the facultative ophthalmologists, why the poor eyes sight registered in the rural section, in a 70 % of the cases due to the cataracts cases derived of the high sugar levels in the blood, reach almost the half of the population here settled.
Despite the successive “Programs for Ocular Health” promoted by the sanitary authorities, the hospitals and medical services at Burma still lack of enough technical equipments, as microscopes for undertake certain surgeries. In the same way, the country lacks of the needed human medical teams for facing the existent ophthalmological problems, as, for a population of 54 millions of people, at Burma are available only 200 ophthalmology services, the main part of them established in the two main cities of the country, Yangoon –the capital− and Mandalay. Likewise, the auxiliary medical staff, as nurses and nursing assistants, requires the adequate training for doing the sterilization of the surgical material with guaranties. All this means that, at the present, still more than 600.000 surgeries of cataracts are pending of being done.
In relation with this, it can be emphasized that in Burma the 19 % of the population –more than 10 millions of people− has no access to the conventional sanitary services. This problem is more evident in the rural area, where is detected a bigger rate of infant mortality, whose national rate is of 49 demises by each 1.000 births (in Spain, for instance, by each 1.000 births are registered 3 deceases of children).
Other factors which cause the ophthalmological problems that suffer the Burmese population are the deficiency in Vitamin A, especially serious for the children, the climatic changes produced between the dry season and the rainy period of the monsoon, or the bad hygienic conditions of the population, which has available a more or less guarantee access to the draining system only in the urban sector.
PROJECT OF TRIKAYA FOR THE ASSISTENCE TO THE HOSPITAL “METTA ALINE” OF OFHTALMOLOGY AND GENERAL
This humanitarian initiative of Trikaya at Burma is focused in the contribution of material help and human assistance to the Hospital “Metta Aline” of Ophthalmology and General Medicine of Pakhokku, in whose original project of construction, promoted by the Burmese NGO “Seik Htar Pkyu Sin”, took part the Saya Kunsal Kassapa. Finally inaugurated in 2010, the hospital is ready for undertaking its first 300 ophthalmological surgeries, each one of which is estimated to have a cost of 30 €. The hospital has plans to practice these surgeries once every year.
The hospital is located at the town of Pakhokku, situated in the district of Magwey, at the High Burma, with a population of 111.000 habitants. It is important to mark that in the area of Magwey there are only 25 hospitals of general medicine, which have available a total of 750 beds for a population of more of 4.000.000 of people.
As the Hospital “Metta Aline” has general services of medicine but also a specialized service of ophthalmology attention, its basic needs are related to economical founds, specific medicines, modern technical instrumental and human teams. In this way, any material contribution or involvement of volunteers ready to render their services at Burma during a certain period of time would be of great value for the medical centre to develop its task in an efficient way.
Construction of Pagodas
In the Buddhist tradition, the Pagodas or Stupas are religious monuments in a shape of a conic tower, which are erected as symbols of peace and harmony and which, considered as sacred manifestations of a perfect mind, are the center of prayers and peregrinations of devotees and practitioners. For the benefit of all beings, the Pagodas also protect from the five great disasters of the war, the epidemic illness, the famine, the pollution and the poverty.
Erected in auspicious places, with an altruistic motivation and with specific designs and the right proportions, the Pagodas are built with selected materials, such stone, brick or concrete, and are painted in white, yellow and even gold color.
Among its architectonic features, it is remarkable the stone, concrete or marble platform over which they are based, around which the pilgrims make sacred circumvallation’s. On the top of this platform is erected the base of the Pagoda itself, which can be of square or octagonal design and which can have various steps. All the Pagodas have inside them, even at the base, a few sealed chambers, some of which are used as room for the meditation practice.
Over the platform is based a convex structure called Bumpa, which symbolizes the thirty one planes of existence and in which interior are put valuable objects that emanates the vital force of the body of the full Enlightened One, such as sacred texts, relics of great masters of the History or tsa-tsas, which are small molds of Pagodas which contain prayer rolls and which have been elaborated during the recitation of specific mantras.
In the Mahayana School, culminating the Pagoda is placed a conic tower, often of pyramidal style and of various levels of descendent size (normally thirteen), over which is placed a golden pinnacle in the shape of an umbrella. This is habitually crowed with a jewel that connotes the enlightenment, frequently with the shape of the moon –which symbolizes the Bodhiçitta motivation for the benefit of all beings− and the sun −which symbolizes the wisdom−. The consecration of the Pagoda culminates with its placement.
According to the tradition, the different steps which have to be followed in the process of the construction of the Pagodas begin with the election of an auspicious day and with the blessing with prayers and pujas of the selected ground. There have to be also prepared the recipients and the objects of value that these will contain. Following certain ceremonies, these containers will be deposited inside the Pagoda, which will be finally consecrated.
Although in the world there are thousands of Pagodas, raised either in Asiatic countries, as in different countries of the West, for the Buddhist tradition, and in particular for the Vajrayana Buddhism, eight are the Pagodas or Stupas that, due to their link with the life of the Buda, have the main role. These eight Pagodas are the Blowing Lotus of the Birth of Buddha Stupa, the Enlightenment Stupa, the Turn of the Wheel of Dharma and the Many Entrances of the Auspiciousness Stupa, the Great Miracle Stupa, the Descending from the Tushita heaven Stupa, the Reunification of the Sangha Stupa, the Victory Stupa and the Paranirvana Stupa, being the latter the most common one in the Theravada Buddhism countries.
Project of Trikaya for the construction of Pagodas in the Iberian Peninsula
During 1999, the founder of Trikaya, the Saya Kunsal Kassapa, received from various of his masters at Myanmar −as the Sayadaw (religious master) Badanta Tikkha, member of the Sangha council in Asia, or the Sayadaw Kateti Vara, Abbot of the Relics Museum of Myanmar−, a large number of relics of great value, belonging to Buddha and to some of his most exemplary disciples, such as Sariputta, Mogalana or Ananda.
In the beginning of the following year, after receiving at the Sikkim Monastery in Rumtek, Sikkim (India), the transmission of Dham Ngakzod and Kagyu Ngakzod from His Eminence the XII Gyaltsab Rinpoche (transmissions that in 2007 he also received from His Eminence the XII Tai Situpa Rinpoche at the Sherab Ling Monastery at India), the Saya distributed some of these inestimable relics among Dharma centers of various countries.
In despite of it, and having in consideration the large number of relics that are still in his hands, the Saya has in view the construction at the Iberian Peninsula of at least three Pagodas –two of them at Madrid and Cataluña, respectively, and the last one at Portugal−, which could guard these sacred elements and which could last until the fifth millennium, when the teachings of the Gotama Buddha will be not learnt any more. In the process there should be obtained the official permits and there should be found the adequate land for it.
In 2011, the founder of Trikaya had diverse meetings, after which it was found an emplacement with the optimum conditions for constructing one of these Pagodas at San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid), town with a famous monastery and which is declared as a World Heritage monument. The Pagodas will be built following the model of the Paranirvana Pagoda, used either in the countries adhered to the Mahayana School of Buddhism, as in the ones in which is practiced the Theravada Buddhism.
Spiritual Traditional Center of Spanish Buddhism
Worship Center and Retreat Center for the human development at the Pallars Sobirà, Lleida, Spain.
The Pallars Sobira (Lleida) is the largest region of Catalunya and in turn has the least population per km2. In its territory flows the river Nogera, in terms of its volume and difficulty one of the most popular in Europe. That´s why, over time, on the region was born and developed a popular tradition of kayak and rafting. Now fully established and providing a unique opportunity to understand the environment face to face, when nature lovers are confronted with their own limitations at the Pallars.
In recent years, the river has claimed the lives of three people, including a local guide. The last of these tragedies took place in the month of May 2012
Therefore, the Saya Kunsal Kassapa, founder and president of the Association Trikaya and who, from the beginning involved with the development of mountain activities in Catalunya, as one of the first River Guides officially recognized by government entities as well as one the promoters of the regularization on Rafting and Kayak sports approved aby the National Government, the Saya Kunsal Kassapa is planning to establish a worship center at the Pallars Sobira, in gratitude and offering, to the successful conclusion of the high mountain activities during this season and seasons to come.
The place to accomplish this task is at the town of Burg, Farrera where the Saya Kunsal Kassapa found a rural plot of six acres, that the Trikaya Association plans to buy for the study and dissemination of the teachings of Buddha and His Holiness the XVII Karmapa. Another of the objectives on this area is to build a pagoda where to deposit the of Buddha and disciples relics, which was deposited on the year 2000 until the year 2013 by the Saya Kunsal Kassapa at Sant Andreu de Llavaneras (Barcelona) and between the last two years 2010-13 part of the sacred relics also were deposted at San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid) and now through this 2013 and coming year 2014 are presented for first time by the Association Trikaya the “Expo Relics Project Trikaya” on the national state of Spain.
The price of the plot is 50000 euros and is currently registered as rural area in the land. In order to purchase the land must be pay the total cost of the plot by cash, so the Saya Kunsal Kassapa addresses to individuals and entities who whish to take part, by supporting with some kind of economic contribution.
KARUNA METTA MUDITA UPEKHA
Saya Kunsal Kassapa
04 / 04 / 2013
Year female water snake
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
The Dzogchen pratice of on daily life.
The Dzogchen practice on daily life, the Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the last Lamas that had completed its education on Tibet. The audio is part of the programa “La Huella del Maestro” that can be listened on the previous link and it goes through topics on spiritual development. The music is from Matthias Stampa, album “Temple of Relaxation”.
From 24 of December to 4 of Genuary
Direction: Paseo Marques de Corvera 3, 3ºB, Bº Del Carmen, Murcia
Hours: Morning from 10:00 to 13:00 and evenings from 17:00 to 20:00
Interview RNE - Nómandas
On Sunday 25 November was issued by RNE Nómadas program dedicated to Burma. The Saya Kunsal Kassapa was one of the guests.
To listen program click here (in spanish)
Interview to Saya Kunsal Kassapa (catalan language)
Presentation of the book “Prodigios de los yoguis de Birmania” in “Casa del Libro”at Madrid.
On the 27th of April of 2012, the Saya Kunsal Kassapa carried out the presentation of his book “Prodigios de los yoguis de Birmania” in Casa del Libro located in the street Fuencarral, at Madrid. During the event, the Saya spoke about his experience with the Alchemy Siddha of Burma, country where he resided as a monk during seven years, pointing out the impact that the Buddhist teachings of these masters have had in the Burmese society throughout the time. The founder of Trikaya also remarked his compromise to continue with the alchemy tradition in Spain, developing workshops of Alchemy in which the practitioners can create their own Dhatlon or philosopher stone (see “Activities”).
First surgeries of eyes at the Hospital “Metta Alein” of Ophthalmology and General Medicine of Burma
From the month of October (December?), the Hospital “Metta Alein” of Ophthalmology and General Medicine, located in the Burmese area of Poko Ku and inaugurated in February of 2010, will perform the first surgeries of eyes to about 200 patients of the region without enough economic resources.
The hospital, coordinated by a NGO established at Burma, received from its beginning the support of the founder of Trikaya, the Saya Kunsal Kassapa, who was part of the construction project of the installations. At first, these surgeries were planned for the month of September, but, because the demand of patients, has been postponed until the next December.
Having in consideration the extreme climatic conditions, especially during the summer season, at Burma are common the diseases and illness related to the eyes, worsened by the inclination of the population towards the reading (reason why the country has been never considered as part of the Third World). The increase of the number of petitions on the part of the affected persons has made that the surgeries were postponed until reunite the necessary conditions for being made free of cost and with all the necessary means.
In February of 2011, Ferrer Laboratories of Barcelona donated a valuable parcel of medicines to the Trikaya Association, that will destine them to the towns near the Aungtawmu Monastery, in Myanmar, as well as to the Hospital of Ophthalmology and General Medicine to which Trikaya is given assistance in that country.
Participation in the International Forum of Occult Sciences and Spirituality
The Documentary Blow Horn
The Legacy of Naropa
The Book Wonders of Mebegon Village
Along with the details of the biographies of these masters, the text also recollects the numerous testimonials of the different persons, who witnessed, not only the deed of the successful attainment of the longevity, but also the amazing prowess’s that the Siddhas displayed throughout the years with the purpose of spreading the Buddha’s teaching.
Publications at Cuadernos del Budismo
Soon before puting online Trikaya, was published at the Spanish quarterly magazine Cuadernos del Budismo, copy number 69 of summer, an article with the title La Enseñanza Mahamudra en el Monasterio Sherab Ling (The Mahamudra Teaching at the Sherab Ling Monastery). In this article there were mentioned the activities developed at the monastery by His Eminence the XII Tai Situpa Rinpoche in the last years.
In one part, the text was pointing out the participation of more than 200 practitioners from all over the world in the Mahamudra Course, which was hold in the month of April, based on the text of the IX Gyalwa Karmapa The Ocean of Certainty. This course was initiated in the year 2005 and it will end on the year 2011.
Also, the article was referring the returning to the IV Jamgon Kongtrul, of eleven years of age, of the Five Treasures of Knowledge, compiled by the first Jamgon Kongtrul and this took place in the months of October and November of the year 2009. This was the last year of these transmissions, started in 2006. Thanks to these transmissions the Tibetan Buddhism or Vajrayana has been preserved through many generations. At the conclusion of them, His Eminence the XII Tai Situpa Rinpoche asked to the IV Jamgon Kongtrul to confer these transmissions in ten occasions through out his life.
Distribution of Relics
While Trikaya has been in process of preparation, his founder, Saya Kunsal Kassapa, presented innumerable relics of great value among different monasteries over all the world, such as the Samye Ling Monastery, in Scotland, and other countries, such as Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Zimbabwe, the former Union Soviet, India, Thailand and Myanmar, among others,
Some of the most precious relics are of the Arahat Ananda, who was the principal attendant of Buddha, of the Arahat Sariputta, right hand of Buddha, of the Arahat Mogallana, another collaborator of Buddha, recognized by his supernatural abilities, and other relics known as Ringsel, which are very small particles of colors of the body of Buddha.
This year was completed the construction of the Eye Hospital, also with the specialty of General Medicine, in the town of Pakok Ku, Myanmar, during many generations relevant location because its scholars, known by its interest on the real knowledge instead on the academic titles.
With a cost of 40.500 euros, this Hospital, directed to provide service to the need, was brought to complition through the collaboration of Trikaya, that has been given de total support to its promotes U. Win Tint and wife Daw Khin Nyo, responsible of the NGO “Seik Htar Phy Sin”, one of the donors organism in the development of this project. Others collaborations in the instauration of this medic center, had being Shine Hope Ltd., of Myanmar, Schlumberger Company of Indonesia, as well numerous particulars, including some from USA and Australia.
Due to the recently establishment of the Hospital in the actuality still require resident Doctors and voluntare santitarius personal as well. Any one interested can send the curriculum vitae to
. Also, any kind of donation, either money or material sanitary, will be well accepted.