Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck National Eye Centre in Thimphu assisting the fight against COVID-19

Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck National Eye Centre in Thimphu assisting the fight against COVID-19

The Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck National Eye Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan, is currently being used as an isolation facility for COVID-19 positive patients whilst all non-urgent, elective surgery has been suspended.

The Eye Centre was inaugurated in October 2019, but has been repurposed as an isolation facility since March 2020 with the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Bhutan.

 

Her Majesty Royal Grand Queen Mother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck of Bhutan shared these encouraging words with the people of Bhutan:

Extracted from “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by Shantideva, a Buddhist master from the monastic university of Nalanda, India and composed in the eighth century.

May all beings everywhere

Plagued by sufferings of body and mind

Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy

By virtue of my merits.

May no living creature suffer, commit evil, or ever fall ill.

May no one be afraid or belittled, with a mind weighed down by depression.

May the blind see forms and the deaf hear sounds,

May those whose bodies are worn with toil Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing,

The hungry find food;

May the thirsty find water

And delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth, those weak with sorrow find joy; May the forlorn find hope, Constant happiness, and prosperity.

May there be timely rains

And bountiful harvests;

May all medicines be effective and wholesome prayers bear fruit.

May all who are sick and ill Quickly be freed from their ailments.

Whatever diseases there are in the world, may they never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid and those bound be freed;

May the powerless find power,

And may people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space remains,

For as long as sentient beings remain, until then may I too remain

To dispel the miseries of the world.