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Introduction

Lo Kunphen school and Mentsikhang (house of medicine and astrology) is a small initiative for about 30 students in the Himalayan mountain district of Mustang in Northern Nepal. It was established in 1999, as the vision of two brothers, Gyatso and Tenzin Bista, both amchis (doctors of Tibetan, or Himalayan, medicine) born and practising in Mustang. Their aim is to train young people from Mustang and other mountain districts of Nepal in amchi skills and knowledge, thus promoting and further developing the discipline, providing a service for local people and a profession for the students. The school was built with support from a British charity, KINOE (Kids In Need Of Education ) on land belonging to Gyatso and Tenzin’s family, where they also run an amchi clinic that serves local people.


We believe amchi medicine emphasises disorders as they
manifest in the relationship between body, mind and soul, especially on the mind aspect of disorders. For Sowa Rigpa practitioners and followers of Buddhism, ignorance is the root cause of all diseases.
Lo Kunphen aims to provide a culturally appropriate free education and professional opportunities to children from poor families in mountain communities, and in particular to maintain and develop the tradition of amchi (Tibetan) medicine. Donations are welcome.