09 November 2013

Dr. Lotay- The Healing Buddha

Dr.Lotay is known for his extraordinary medical wisdom and pair of divine hands but what makes him the greatest is what he does with them. We have seen him reach out to people through BBS when he was still working for Health Ministry and now that he is free from regular service he is using his freedom to heal people right at their doorsteps.
Dr.Lotay in Thimphu Gyedagom, Photo by Nima Tshering (Seen with Him)
Click on the Pic to read What Nima Tshering wrote in his Facebook journal.
I have heard about him doing voluntary gallstone removal surgery on over 140 people, all at free of cost, in Thimphu Gyedagom in the past month. And now he is in Bajothang working over 12 hours everyday. He runs between operation theatre and chamber no.8 every twenty minutes, and even at 9PM at night walks and talks like it's in the first hour of the day. While his team readies the next patient for surgery he attends to queue of people in chamber no.8. During the whole two days I was attending to my wife in hospital I couldn't help watching this great human being with wonder.

My wife needed this surgery ever since the conception of my daughter but since hers wasn't giving problem we ignored it until we knew that it could cause cancer in long run. We went to Thimphu Hospital some months ago only to get appointment in March 2014. This time the blessing has come to our door, Dr.Lotay's arrival in Bajothang is a blessing to my family and hundred others like us.

Healing Buddha
It was only 11 AM on 5th November when my wife was taken into OT, she was his fourth case for the day already. As he began the surgery it appeared on the screen in the waiting room, I could literally see the inside of my wife. At first I was anxiously shivering but soon I told myself "Come on, it's Dr.Lotay" and all the fear is gone. The procedure is very complicated, having to separate gallbladder from the liver with no room for error but when he does it everything seems easy. In 15 mins a brother came out with the stones and handed over to me. There was more than a palmful of stones in my wife's gallbladder, some as big as marble. The gallbladder was fully swollen and if we hadn't removed then serious problem was waiting.

It was 8PM when Dr. Lotay finished his 13th case for the day. It was on my principal. Before leaving he came around and soothed many patients. He didn't even looked tired. That day hospital was running out of bed and they had to keep at 13. But I heard they have done 15 to 16 every day since. Sometimes it was at 11PM the team leave for night.

Everyday people are pouring in, and some are coming from as far as Bumthang, even some people from Thimphu have followed him here. People come with all sorts of disease. Dr. Lotay has promised that no one will go back unhealed and thus extended his stay in Bajothang. I heard he is going down to Phuntsholing after here.
O' forgot to mention, you don't have to have any connection whatsoever to receive warm smile and best treatment from him. May god take care this compassionate soul.

Update 12 Nov. 2013: The number of patients coming increased by the day and Team Lotay had to extend a day more in Bajothang. In the last few days I have witnessed even greater power in the compassionate doctor and his team. His skills and spirit of volunteerism on one side and his energy on other side makes the man out of the world. His team began the first case of 10th Nov at 10AM and continued across the night till 5AM of Nov 11th to finish 32 surgeries. After few hours of rest they completed 80 endoscopy and seven surgeries that took them till 2:30 AM this morning. They are back in action again at 9AM today. Impossible is nothing for a willing heart!


  1. What a man!!! Man?! NO!!! He's more than flesh and bones. No words can possibly equate the magnitude of compassion he has rendered upon hundreds. So, all I have for him is, prayers!!! May he live long...may he fulfil his noble goals...

    And yes sir, as always, wonderful post. You inspire many souls; I am inspired!!!

  2. It is very inspiring to know this sir. Thank you for sharing with us. I heard a lot about him and his compassionate deeds. I am feeling proud to have someone like him in our country.

  3. My respect for the great man has grown even more. Long live Dr. Lotay . Buddha bless him for his kind deeds. :-)

  4. Few weeks back, Nangi Tam, a BBS program interviewed Doctor Lotay. I was absorbed into the talk and I really admired this compassionate great man.

    He said that the inspiration behind his dedicated, sincere and selfless service to people was Mother Teresa and her poem 'Do It Anyway'. Here is the poem.

    People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
    Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
    Be kind anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
    Succeed anyway.

    If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
    Be honest and sincere anyway.

    What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
    Create anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
    Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
    Do good anyway.

    Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
    Give your best anyway.

    In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
    It was never between you and them anyway.

    ~Mother Teresa

  5. Heard his name a lot of times but knowing him now has made me wish to be one of his team mate. May be as sir has named, truely a Buddha nature, healer not only of body weakness but mind weakness too. I pray to have him a long life to continue his good deeds and also pray for all the people to always be blessed with such person.

    And thank you sir for sharing about this great man,

  6. Incredible Dr. Lotay... may his good deeds bring him happiness and satisfaction...

  7. Simply Awesume and Inspiring!..My prayers for Dr. Lotey; may he derives all the good health and hapiness.

  8. May good karma be given to his life now and future life :)

  9. Salute to him👮..wish he be there at P/ling around Dec mid week. Long live and May he heal as many people and he merit from thereon.

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  12. Wonderful post passu! And salute to Dr. Lotay!

  13. Thank you Passu for your wonderful expression. It's really inspiring. Dr. Lotay's extra ordinary services to the humanity is not an over-night phenomenon. He is close to the hearts of many people from all walks of life from as far as remotest village in eastern Bhutan. I pray for his long life. May the merits he accumulated through such wholesome deeds liberate him from the sufferings of Samsara.

  14. if the world noble "peace prize" is offering to the Bhutanese i wish Dr. Lotay will stand at first rank.... ever kindhearted man cheer for our virtues man Dr. Lotay

  15. Thanks for all the good wishes and prayer for the great man, that's the lest we can do.

    And thanks Ms.Ugay Wangmo, Mr.Chencho Dorji and Mr.Karma Yonten for the contributions you made for serving lunch to Dr.Lotay and his team. They enjoyed it and have sent their thanks your way.

  16. Let me have the honor to say, Beautiful man with beautiful team with beautiful heart.

  17. I respect Dr.Lotay and the work he has been doing.But one fact remains hidden all the time.And this is not the only case with Dr.Lotay.It is everywhere in Bhutan.

    What i want to tell you all is,yes of course Dr.Lotay is doing all these great jobs but he is not doing it alone.There r so many supporting staff like technician and nurses who are equally involved.Also,those supporting staff has to sacrifice their holidays and leave behind their small kids at home to be with Dr.Lotay to support him in his work.

    But why is it only Dr.Lotay who is ebing so much supported and praised by the public?Do these staff don't deserve any thankfulness and praise by public.
    Dr.Lotay gets money from UN if you guys don't know about it.This is for your information.

    There is more than what your eyes can see guys.So,at least don't forget those supporting staff.Without them Dr.Lotay is nothing in his endeavor.

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