Geshe Thupten Jinpa talks to the teaching faculties.
The principal interpreter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama Geshe Thupten Jinpa La is currently in Dharamshala in connection with some book project in the private office. While he is here we took full advantage of his presence and requested him to spare some time to be with our staff and children. This is no doubt such a rare opportunity to be in the presence of highly educated Tibetan Geshe who is not only well versed in the Buddhist studies but also in modern philosophy with his Ph.D. credential from Cambridge University. Among the educated youngsters it is rare to find such a person who is on the top of his academic pinnacle in both western and eastern philosophy with excellent grasp of language skill in Tibetan and English.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa is the principal interpreter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985 and now with over 30 years of his selfless service to His Holiness he is widely known for his wide range and depth of his learning with very good command in English as well as in Tibetan. He has several bestselling books to his credit and has translated several books of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is a visiting fellowship scholar at Stanford and McGill University.
We are very fortunate to have in depth discussion with Geshe La on the wide range of topic starting with our teaching methodology and instilling in our children self-confidence based on our understanding of compassion and Buddhachitta. Several of our doubts are very explicitly cleared by Geshe La. Listening to such a highly self-taught scholars make us proud to be Tibetan who is a product of century old system of our education in our monastic institutions which stood the test of time and has not affected the actual learning with the glow and glisters of modern education.
Geshe La also spent some quality time with our Amalas and encouraged them to practice compassion while they are on the job of nurturing children. Their very nature and job is compassion in action.
Geshe La very kindly agreed to be with our senior students on August 3rd when they finish their SA examination. Children are eagerly looking forward to be in his presence.
81st Birth day celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama – 6th July, 2016
The 81st birth day celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was organized with involvement of all our staff and students. The day coincided with Lhakar and every one turned out in traditional dress. We assembled in Dekyi Tsering Hall offering prayers for long life of His Holiness and had special Sangsol for the occasion. After the prayers we formed a big circle of students and staff on the main basketball ground with incense burning at the center and every one with a handful of Tsampa concluded the morning prayers by throwing tsampa in the air to ward off misfortune and evil spirit and to wish for all the fortunes and luck. Of course so long as His Holiness is healthy and strong we literally believe that nothing untoward will ever happen to us. That’s why His Birth Day celebration is participated with all our hearts and souls.
Normally when senior students attend public function at main temple the remaining students in Middle, Junior and Infant remain in the school with no organized functions. This year the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was celebrated with festivity and joy. Senior students took active participation in the official function at Tsug-lag-Khang. The remaining students had a festive celebration in the main hall with power point presentation of the life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and reading of quotes of His Holiness by some students followed by open quiz. Children were served special lunch and shared birth day cake.
Dance troupe from our school presented a beautiful dance from Kongpo region and everyone in the temple square applauded with much appreciation. In the evening we had a very wonderful event: “Middle Idol 2016”. The program started way ahead of time enrolling students with singing talent. After several rounds of elimination we had finally the ten best singers from Middle section who participated for Middle Idol. All of them sang beautifully and each appealed to the whole crowd for their support. The event was very lively and participative. Besides judges’ marks, the voting by all our students and staff was also considered for final placement. Finally considering the public votes and judges’ marks we came up with five best singers. They will have another final round sometime in August for the grand finale.