Work in progress
The work of the Ladakh Heart Foundation began serendipitously in 1997 when Lama Chogyal, a monk and the president of the LHF, was stuck in New Dehli while trying to obtain a visa to go to England. He decided to make constructive use of his time by visiting Ladakhi patients who were in Dehli hospitals. This experience taught Lama Chogyal two basic things: (a) many Ladakhi people have preventable heart disease and (b) that it was a jarring and overwhelmingly expensive experience for Ladakhi people to come to Dehli and stumble their way through what was basically a foreign country trying to find medical care for their illnesses. Read more
Provide affordable state of the art medical care for all Ladakh citizens who have cardiovascular disease. We are particularly interested in providing surgical repair for children who have congenital heart diseases (CHD). Provide free state of the art medical care for all Ladakhi citizens who have cardiovascular disease who can not afford treatment. Become a referral hospital for Indian citizens living in adjacent states who have cardiovascular disease. Read more
Ladakh is an isolated mountainous land on the western edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Until the middle of the 19th century, it was an independent Tibetan Buddhist kingdom, but since that time it has been part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Read more
Complete the construction of the Ladakh Heart Foundation Hospital and bring it into full operation by the end of 2007. This will include the furbishing of two complete operation theatres capable of doing open heart surgery, the purchase and installation of a complete range of diagnostic equipment and the creation of an intensive care unit (ICU). Read more
"It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved."