In Memoriam Pau Karma Wangchuk
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Pau Karma Wangchuk on the evening of January 26, 2008.
After his initial calling to shamanism when he was 8 years old, Pau Wangchuk spent the next eighty years of his life treating all patients who presented themselves for healing in the Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal where he settled after fleeing the Chinese invasion of 1959. In the 1980’s, stories of his healing abilities reached His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who summoned Pau Wangchuk to Dharamsala India to treat the Tibetans living in exile and to be honored by His Holiness. He continued to treat patients right up until the time of his death.
It was such an honor to be taken into Pau Wangchuk’s life and family and allowed to film his story. He granted me unprecedented access. But more importantly then that, he became my dear friend. I will cherish the many memories I have of our time together.