To mark International Yoga Day, Yoga events were observed and held all across the country. To India’s credit, India had lobbied hard to promote Yoga in the United Nations General Assembly. As a result, UN General Assembly in December 2014 had officially declared that June 21 would be observed as International Day of Yoga every year. PM Modi on his twitter message said that Yoga is a “passport to health assurance and not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit. He urged people around the world to make Yoga a part of their lives”.
To mark this year as “Thank You India Year” and to observe International Yoga Day, about 175 Yoga enthusiast from grade VIII and VII from our school participated in mega Yoga event being organized by Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration in coordination with various NGOs at the main temple here at Mcleodganj, Dharamshala. The event was attended by many dignitaries both Indian and Tibetans along with scores of yoga enthusiast from different schools and general public.
To add color and vibrancy to the Yoga event, the school rolled out many colorful yoga mats on the school Basket Ball Court at 7. 30 a.m and the entire students from grade IX to XII, with a total number of 430 students were seen donning white T-shirt with ‘Thank You India’ logo at the back. They showcased various yoga exercise for an hour under the watchful eyes of the school PET Mr. Tenzin Kunga. The entire students from K-12 and the staff members of the school assembled at the school Basket Ball Ground to witness the said colorful event. Mt Tenzin Kunga stole the whole show by his wonderful yoga display and at the same time was seen explaining the details of each exercise and it relevant benefits.
Mrs. Ngawang Lhamo, the Principal of the school proposed a vote of thanks and lauded all the students of class IX to XII and particularly Mr. Tenzin Kunga, PET Senior School for putting up a wonderful show despite being new to this school and having very limited time at his disposal. In nut shell, the event proved very befitting in paying tribute to India (as part of Thank you India Year) and to create awareness about make in India (Yoga)tradition of India.
The school remained closed for ten days from 1st June to 10 June 2018 due to the School Summer Holiday. However, the students from class IX to XII were detained from 6th to 8th June to attend to the Introductory Dharma Teaching by HH The Dalai Lama at the main temple here in Dharamshala. It is an annual teaching by HH The Dalai Lama for Tibetan youth who are studying in various academic institution around the world. More than nine thousand Tibetan students as well as devotees attended the event at the Tsuklakhang temple here. It was jointly sponsored and organized by TCV and Introductory to Buddhist Teaching Association. It was held for three days from June 6th to June 8th.
HH The Dalai Lama taught the ‘Shantideva’s A guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of life’( TibChodjug) to the congregation. The ten chapters Chodjug teaching is a text written in 700 Adby the great Indian Nalanda Buddhist scholar Shantideva, popularly known as Gyalsey Shewalha.
“The Introductory to Buddhism” teaching for Tibetan youths in schools and colleges is an initiative that traces back its origin almost decades ago. It has now become an annual feature in our school calendar and it is one of the most looked forward event in our school program.
The school Health and Hygiene Committee did a commendable job in taking over the responsibility of cleaning and maintaining the cleanliness of the main temple during the entire three days of teaching. They won the heart of many devotees as they left no stones unturned to keep the temple premises neat and clean throughout the teaching.
Kesang Gawa, a student from America who is presently studying in class VI P said, “I had a heaven-sent opportunity to listen to the teaching of HH The Dalai Lama at such a close quarter. Not only that, I had a wonderful audience of HH the Dalai Lama. He seemed really happy with his life, while most people are usually very stressed in their life. I felt in awe, because the person that all Tibetan families were worshipping, thanking, and loving was a few feet away from me. In America, I had never seen him personally, so he used to be a unmeetable hero of some sorts.”
A special join prayer session in the evening was held at the school Basket Ball Ground on 13thJune 2018. It was jointly organized by the school Culture Committee and the School Welfare Committee. Since it being special, it was held in the evening for two hours from 6 pm to 8 pm where the entire staff members of UTCV, TCV Head Office faculties and the students from class VI to XII attended the prayer. The said prayer was especially held to mark the end of ‘Saka Dawa’ the holiest month in the Tibetan calendar and chiefly to pray for the long life of HH The Dalai Lama.
Unlike other prayer sessions, the said prayer was held chiefly to invoke the blessing of Goddess Tara who is attributed with abundance, protection, enlightened activity, long life and compassion. With the firm hope to overcome all mental, physical and emotional blockages, the entire prayer was devoted to Goddess Tara. A total of almost 823 students and staff members recited/invoked Goddess Tara (25 long and 50 short) times each. Two mala round of sacred Tara mantra “ OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA” was also recited by all, followed by long life prayer for HH The Dalai Lama. It is believed that reciting this sacred mantra can eliminate disease, fear, anxiety, suffering, disaster, troubles and negative karma.
To earn religious merit and to facilitate offerings to God, a generous donation in the form of cash and goods were also made by the staffs and the students in that evening. Traditional Tibetan tea and snakes were also served to all the devotees. A special dinner was also arranged to all the attendants. As good luck would have it, the weather on that evening remained very good.