Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

 
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated yearly on 2 October. It is one of the three official declared national holidays of India, observed in all states. The other two are Independence Day and Republic Day. Gandhi Jayanti is observed every year as a national holiday to commemorate the birth of Mahatma Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) His non-violence continues to influence people across the world till date. Gandhi’s birthday celebration is not only restricted within India but also observed by the United Nations as the ‘International Day of non-violence’ that aims to disseminate his philosophy, principle and believe in non-violence through proper education and public awareness.  Gandhi Jayanti celebration is also to relive Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his contribution in India’s independence and also his role as an architect of Indian Independence. Here too in the Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur we the students and staff members marked the day’s significance with holding of marathon race among the four houses. The marathon race is one of the mega events of the school and the race got kicked off at 8.30 A.M, there were 160 contestants in all. There were five divisions namely junior boys, inter boys, senior boy, inter girls and senior girls. The individual standings are as follow. Master Tenzin Tashi of Songsten house = First position (junior boys’ division)
Miss Dechen of Triral = First position (inter girls’ division)
Master Thinley Rabten of Trisong = First position (inter boys’ division)
Master Tsering Tenzin of Triral = First position (senior boys’ division)
Miss. Choezom of Triral = First position (senior girls’ division)



Inter-House English Extempore Debate


The second inter-house English extempore debate was held among the four houses as per school calendar on October 1, evening under the supervision of English Department. There were three participants from each house to represent their respective houses. The first speaker has to describe the topic which was drawn from the lot, after having given them three minutes of time to garner points either to speak for or against the motion. The second speaker was to present his or her team’s view points on the topic and the third speaker has to conclude the debate within the time frame. The topics chosen from the draw of lot were as follow;





1.    Your kids require you to love them for who they are not for who they should be
2.    Character contributes to beauty
3.    Do not train a child to learn by force but by his/her interest
4.    Children’s behavior is derived from Adults’ behavior.
The best and individual debater from the second round inter-house for the year 2014 goes to Miss. Tenzin Choezom of XII A and followed by Mr. Lobsang Dawa XI D and Miss. Tenzin Norzom of XI D in second and third place respectively.
The house-wise standing in the second inter-house English debate is Trisong with first position and followed by Nyatri, Triral and Songsten houses. The winning teams are given away prizes by the school principal.

Tibetan Book Review And Sharing Presentation


Members of Tibetan Department of the Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur Read, Reviewed and made  Presentation of the book ༼དུས་རབས་ཀྱི་རྔ་སྒྲ༽ written by Khenchen Tsultrim Lodoe, who by profession has been a teacher for a long period of time to our teachers of all the three sections; Senior, Junior and Infant sections on Saturday, September 20, 2014 after the school hour in the auditorium in presence of Mr. Wangdue (Head of Teacher Professional Development based at upper TCV School, Dharamsala). The year 2014 was earmarked for Professional Growth Plan of individual teachers (PGP) and Teacher Professional Development (TPD) in eleven pilot schools by the Department of Education under the initiation of Gen. Kalsang Wangdue la and sponsored by the Tibet Fund and the USAID. It is hoped that the new paradigms in teacher professional development which emphasize teacher-led, collaborative, continuous and school based interventions will bring substantial and long-term improvement in teachers’ class room practice in the Tibetan schools in the years ahead.
The book is filled with advice based on author’s years of teaching experiences and it is divided into six parts along the major lines of coherence. Each part of the book is presented by different members of the Tibetan Department ༼དུས་རབས་ཀྱི་རྔ་སྒྲ༽ དགེ་རྒན་གྱི་བསླབ་བྱ་ ༼སྟོད་ཆ༽
    དགེ་རྒན་གྱི་བཀུར་བའི་བསམ་བློ།
    དགེ་རྒན་གྱི་བྱ་བའི་རིན་ཐང།
    དགེ་རྒན་གྱི་ཕན་ནུས།
    དགེ་རྒན་གྱི་འགན་ཁྲི།
    སློབ་མ་བྱམས་པས་སྐྱོང་ཚུལ།
    མི་རིགས་ཀྱི་ཕུགས་འདུན་སྒྲུབ་པའི་སློབ་གསོ་གཏོང་རྒྱུ།
The book review and sharing in our school is the first in its kind and a giant leap forward towards the teachers’ professional development in our exile school community in the long term. Through such initiative, teachers are compelled to think of their divine responsibility in the making and shaping of our future citizens.
At the end Mr. Wangdue introduced the new website www.tibetanteachers.com which was recently inaugurated on Teachers’ Day, September 5, 2014 at Nyatri Tsokhang by Thupten Ngodup, the Secretary, Department of Education (CTA) for further information and improvement in the teacher professional development.

Inter-House Tibetan Debate


The second inter-house Tibetan Debate was held on the evening of Thursday, September 18 under the supervision of Tibetan Department. There were three participants from each house (Nyatri, Songsten, Trisong and Triral) and the first speaker has to define the topic, second speaker was to speak either for or against the motion and the third speaker was to conclude the topic within the time bound. Students were given practice to present their topic on extempore basis and they were given some time to ponder on the topics. Each house gets the topic through the draw of lot. The speakers of the second inter-house debate spoke on the following topics;

Master Tashi Gyatso was adjudged as the best debater from the second round of inter-house debate. The winning teams’ standings are as follow; In the first position we have Songsten house with 109.5 points, followed by Nyatri house with 100.5, Triral house with 86 points and Trisong house with 82 points. The individual and house winners were given prizes by Gen. Kalsang Wangdue la, the Head for the Teachers’ Professional Development based at upper Tibetan Children’s Village School.

Lu Jong Teachings With Tulku Lobsang

 
Tulku Lobsang has paid visit to the Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur on September 16, at 12 noon to apprise our students and staff members about Lu Jong (Tibetan healing Yoga).  Basically this Lu Jong program was initiated by the Department of Health (CTA) after Rinpoche having met our spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama who asked Rinpoche to go to Tibetan settlements across India and teach Lu Jong. Tulku Lobsang, the 8th incarnation of the Nyentse Tulku, a Buddhist master, doctor and astrologer keeps this wisdom alive by sharing it with all. Rinpoche has been teaching methods how to live physically and mentally healthy with happiness and develop our mind. He has been an extraordinary teacher whose remarkable abilities enabled him to reach wide varied audiences and revive the innate wisdom that always exists in each one of us. He has been organizing workshops; lectures, retreats, and consultations are offered in different parts of the world.
According to Tulku Lobsang, everybody in this world pursues for happiness and this could be accomplished through falling in love, no matter what kind of person you are or what kind of religion you believe in. Falling in love is the only way to make yourself happy. Once you achieve ‘Happiness’ your life makes sense and meaningful. Rinpoche has been associated with Nangten Menlang organization which works for preservation and teaching of Tibetan medical science and Buddhist knowledge. Rinpoche made distribution of two CDs to each and everyone who were present in the Lu Jong program for further information and individual practices in the coming days, months and years.

Tibetan Drama By IX Students

 
The students of IX grade staged a Tibetan drama on September 14, Sunday evening. Knowing the year 2014 as the year of gratitude being paid to our spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his untiring and unwavering campaign for the genuine cause of Tibet and promotion of peace in the world, the theme of their drama was also based on Tibet’s occupation and how the Tibetans brave out against all odds. They tried to show the difference between students of yester years and contemporary students.  Students in the contemporary period do not make full utilization of their potential, opportunities and with wide ranging facilities available to them while students in the past have left no stone unturned with their limited resources. There is urgency to do something from all corners to get revitalized and rejuvenate the declining standard in the education arena

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tibetan Calligraphy Exhibition By Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar



Tibetan Calligraphy Exhibition by Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar
Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar, ex-Director of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts came to the TCV School Gopalpur on September 9, Tuesday to exhibit his extra-ordinary work and skill in the field of Tibetan Calligraphy which set a New Guineas’ Book of World Records. He is the first Tibetan whose name got enlisted in the golden page of Guineas’ book by writing Tibetan calligraphy 163.2 meters long within six months. He told his story of his journey into Tibetan calligraphy to the students and staff members. His Tibetan calligraphy mainly comprised of prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama written by 35 great spiritual masters. It was written on Lokta Tibetan handmade paper. Tibetan calligraphy was written in different styles like Tsugring, Tsugthung, Tsugma Kyug and Kyug using 65,000 Tibetan characters. He also let us know that Thonmi’s Sambota’s script are still active and being used in three provinces of Tibet, Mongolia, Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, Drachula to Taplejung, Bhutan, and Russian States of Khalmuk, Tuva, Buriat.  Furthermore, he said that the existence of writing system before Thonmi Sambota cannot be ruled out. Communication system may have been in existence during the 37 Shanshung Emperors of Tibet. The 7th century was regarded as the golden period in the Tibetan history as the 33rd King Songsten Gampo ruled Tibet and during his reign Thonmi was sent to India to learn and device Tibetan script. Thonmi devised the Tibetan script from Dev Nagari and Pali scripts and thereafter many Dharma texts were translated into local language. Tibetan script flourished for long period of time until the disintegration of Tibet after the assassination of Lang Dharma. Tibetan spiritual master Drogon Chogyal Phagpa was invited by the emperor of China to develop a script for them in the 12th century. Thus Horyig (Mongol Script) was born. There was rejuvenation of Tibetan script when Gaden Phodrang was established by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 16th century. Government of Tibet focused on developing of inner science and Buddha dharma. Mr. Dorjee further informed us that Tibetan calligraphy has the quality of vibrant positive energy. He encouraged students to pay attention to one’s own scripts which face negligence in the diverse culture and needs protection and preservation.  The following portrait of Lord Buddha has been skillfully drawn by using different  Tibetan calligraphy styles by Jamyang Dorjee la and this is creativity exhibited by him.

Social Science Quiz

The first round of social science quiz was held under the initiative of Arts Department headed by
Mr. Lhakpa Dhondup la and its members. There were five teams named after five different elements such as Team Earth, Team Air, Team Fire, Team Sky and Team Water. Social Science quiz was centered on topics as follow;
1.    General Round
2.    Tibetan Charter
3.    Sports
4.    Tibetan History
5.    Audiio & Visual Round.
Each team comprised of students from X through XII and each member of Arts Department took the quiz on different subject matters. Gen. Samten la posed questions to the students from Tibetan Charter, Gen. Sonam Dolma asked questions from current affairs, Gen. Sonam Wangmo from Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Gen. Tashi Choden from Sports and final round of quiz was on Audio visual which was taken up by gen. Tsering Topgyal.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

TCV Creative Writing Contest

TCV creative writing contest was done in all TCV schools on 30th August, 2014 every year with a view of improving students’ writing skill. Writing has a magical power of communicating ideas/thoughts and has been playing a significant role in today’s world of education. It is an innovative activity of the mind. Effective writing involves careful choice of words, also more valid and reliable than speech. It provides ready records and references. Writing can be influential if it is written effectively.
A good writer can change the mindset of many people and keep you absorbed in the written text.

Topics for Tibetan Creative Writing are; ༼འཛིན་རིམ་དྲུག་པ་ནས་བཅུ་གཉིས་བར་གྱི་བོད་ཡིག་རྩོམ་གྱི་བརྗོད་གཞི།༽
སྡེ་ཚན་དང་པོ། འཛིན་གྲ་དྲུག་པ་ནས་བརྒྱད་པ་བར། ༡༽ བྱིས་པའི་དུས་ཆེན། ༢༽ ངའི་ནམ་དུས་སྐྱིད་ཤོས། ༣༽ ངའི་སྒྲུང་དེབ་དགའ་ཤོས།
སྡེ་ཚན་གཉིས་པ། འཛིན་གྲ་དགུ་པ་དང་བཅུ་པ། ༡༽ ང་སློབ་ཕྲུག་ཅིག་ཡིན་པའི་ཆ་ནས་ངའི་བསྒྲུབ་བྱ་ནི།
༢༽ ངས་བོད་ཡིག་སྦྱོང་དགོས་དོན་ནི། ༣༽ འདས་པའི་དུས་ལ་བོད་རང་བཙན་ཡིན་པའི་སྒྲུབ་བྱེད་ནི
སྡེ་ཚན་གསུམ་པ། འཛིན་གྲ་བཅིུག་དང་བཅིུས། ༡༽ བོད་ཕྲུག་ཚོའི་བོད་ཡིག་ཡར་རྒྱས་གཏོང་ཐབས་ནི།
༢༽ དབུ་མའི་ལམ་ནི་བོད་རྒྱ་ཞི་མོལ་གྱི་ཐབས་ལམ་བཟང་ཤོས་དེ་ཡིན། ༣༽ ང་ཚོ་བཙན་བྱོལ་ལ་ཡོང་དགོས་དོན་ནི།
Topics for English Creative Writing are;
Group 1-Class VI to VIII
1) My Best Friend      2) Time is precious 3) Reading is important
Group II – Class IX & X)
1) My Role Model      2) Freedom is my birthright 3) Idlers cannot be successful – justify
Group III – Class XI and XII
1)Importance of being patriotic  2) The leader I Admire and Revere  3) Time and Tide wait for No Man.

Foot Ball Matches

The inter-house foot ball matches between the following classes’ teams were started on August 25th 2014.    Students of four houses from VII & VIII, IX & X, and XI & XII have taken participation in the foot ball tournament. The first match was started from 4.25 pm; somehow, we could not start the matches on time due to players reporting and getting late. The kind of game helps students to display and improve their skills and stamina on the field. They also learn the importance of team spirit and team work from such event. The students get chance to show sportsmanship as well. The school games and sports committee which comprised of the senior section headmaster in the chair and eight house masters with school Physical Education teacher organized the games/sports.


India’s 68th Independence Day Celebration

-Today is the 68th Independence Day of India. India has come a long way from being one of the poorest nations in the world to an emerging super power in the last 67 years. From a socialist state, India has moved towards becoming a free market capitalist economy while retaining some characters of welfare country. India gets Independence from Great Britain on August 15, 1947. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru becomes its first Prime Minister.

On India’s Independence Day, Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur organized a function in the school. The Indian national flag was hoisted before the school hall to mark the day. This is the day for all the Tibetans to express our gratitude to the people and the Government of India for having given us political asylum and for their economic, social and moral support when we Tibetans are passing through the darkest period in our history.  Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle against the colonial power has been an inspiration for Tibetans and following his foot step in achieving our freedom from one of the super powers of the world today.

On the evening of Independence Day, there was inter-class patriotic songs’ competition held from class VI through VIII. The SHO Police Station of Palampur has been the guest of honor for the program besides many local Indian invitees as guests for the evening program. The Indian guests were served with dinner before the inter-class patriotic songs’ competition. After the competition, winners were given away prizes by the chief guest and followed by speech from the guest of honor. Furthermore, the chief guest asked students to stay away from the drinking and smoking habits. He said that once you were caught in the habit of smoking and drinking, you won’t be able to get out of this habit. He also gave some legal advices/tips to our students, asking them not to ride motorcycle without helmet which is not only dangerous but also illegal.
At the end, the school director gave the words of thanks to our Indian guests. The function ended with the singing of national anthems of both countries.



UMAYLAM TALK BY TOPGYAL TSERING LA,

1.The Secretary - Topgyal Tsering la, from the Department of Education, CTA has come to the Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur on Wednesday 13, 2014 to bring awareness on UMAYLAM as a part of the year round program initiated by Kashak for paying tribute to our beloved leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama among the students and staff members.
Before he let us know about the Central Tibetan Administration’
s stance on UMAYLAM and its evolution, he gave us a brief account of Tibetan history before 1959.
-In 1949 The People’s Libration Army of China began invading Tibet from Kham province.
-In 1951, the Chinese government forced the Tibetan representatives to sign the “17 Point Agreement against the wishes of then Independent Tibetan government”.
-In 1950s, resistance movements took place in various parts of Tibet and in March 1959, the National Uprising broke out in Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet. Chinese brutally handled the peaceful uprising of Tibetans which led to fleeing of His Holiness into exile, followed by approximately 80,000 Tibetans.

-In 1970s the Middle Way Approach was evolved after much deliberation with then Kashag. Furthermore, Deng Xiaoping stated that, ‘Apart from independence, all issues can be discussed’. So, a new chapter and contact between Dharamsala and Beijing started and China accepted Four Fact Finding delegations to Tibet in August 1979, May 1980, June 1980 and June 1985.
-In 1987, His Holiness presented a ‘Five Point Peace Plan’ in His address at the US Congressional Human Rights Caucus, urging the Chinese to get started a negotiation based on the Middle Way Approach.
-In 1987, peaceful demonstration was brutally suppressed and imposed martial law in 1989.
-In 1988, His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented the Strasbourg Proposal in the EU parliament which elaborated on the Five Point Peace Plan. Beijing has shown willingness to hold negotiation and asked His Holiness to choose the date and venue.
-In 1989, His Holiness was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy for a peaceful solution to the issue of Tibet. The Strasbourg Proposal became invalid due to lack of concern and positive response from the Chinese side.
-In 1994 Beijing adopted a hard line policy on Tibet. This change in Beijing stance led to referendum to be held in the Tibetan community for future course of dealing with China by His Holiness. But unanimous resolution passed by Tibetans stated that His Holiness should be the sole person to take decisions on Sino-Tibetan issue.
-On 10 March, 1998 His Holiness reiterated his commitment to the Middle Way Approach and thanked the people of Tibet for trusting and placing hope in His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
-In 2001, while addressing the European Parliament, urged for resumption of dialogue.
-Since 2002, a series of talks between the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and representatives of Chinese government took place in different places and so far the 9th rounds of talk based on Middle Way Approach have been held.
-2008 onwards, there have been unprecedented and widespread protests against the Chinese government’s continued political repression, religious persecution, cultural assimilation, economic marginalization of Tibetans and environmental destruction.
-So far 130 self immolations have been taken place since 2009. There is no progress in the dialogue between the Chinese government and representatives of His Holiness. Tibetan people’s commitment to the Middle Way Approach is unwavering despite Chinese repressive measures. This is because of growing support from the international community towards the UMAYLAM. 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Special Report On Arts And Crafts Exhibition

As per direction and expenses borne by the Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration, every Tibetan school in exile were to provide Arts and Craft Education to our budding and future seeds of Tibet. So far many people have misunderstanding about learning arts and crafts and they are meant for non-scholastic students but in reality arts and crafts have become an important aspects of modern education and anyone can take these as specialized subject for making a career. It is the teachers that help children to understand the importance of arts and crafts in order to achieve their creative potential. All children love to create art and make things. In young children playing with arts and crafts inspires creativity while helping them to focus their mind and complete a set task while other children can begin to gain an understanding of artistic and design skills that may affect their future educational choices. Teachers need to realize the importance of using creative skills to stimulate children’s minds and give them a fantastic opportunity to express themselves in their unique way. They are given the opportunity to work with color and form and with different materials to create their own piece of artwork giving them a sense of achievement and also giving them the opportunity of appreciating other’s artwork. During rainy and holidays, rather than your child watching TV, encourage them to work on a craft project and the end result can be proudly displayed on your fridge or on a shelf. We as teachers should understand the importance of creativity and inspiring children to develop a love for the subject. Later in school life there are many creative options that can be continued as qualifications or even as a career.

In the Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur under the dynamic leadership of Junior Section headmaster Mr. Sangpo, the project of Arts and Crafts was undertaken with initiative of Mrs. Sechung. The Arts and Crafts project got underway with involvement of 16 students after their school hour from May 28 to July 23, at 4.30 pm – 5.45pm. The Arts and Crafts in charge Gen. Sechung la has been working with the students day in and day out without even break on Sundays and Holidays besides her classroom teaching loads.
All the students have learned to make the following items;
1.    Flower making from paper,     
2. Paper Bag from scrap,  
3. Lamp Shade,   
4. Book Binding,
5. Photo frame,  
6. Knitting (door mat, table cloth, blanket, side bag),   
7. Basket from cards/milk cover,   
8. Crochet (Bottle carrier, mini handbag),  
9. Baby socks,  
10. Pen stand,    and
11. Different shapes from scrap    
The Department of Education, CTA has urged every Tibetan school to come with their artworks to be displayed on July 24 – July 26. Gen. Sechung was accompanied by two students namely Tenzin Deckyi and Tenzin Lhamo went to Gangkyi as representatives of TCV School Gopalpur.
On the day of exhibition of school-wise artwork, Sikyong Lobsang Sangye along with other CTA dignitaries inaugurated the function and minute details of every school work was inspected and Sikyong was especially happy with our students’ artwork and showered his words of appreciation which makes TCV Gopalpur proud and there was a sense of satisfaction among the concerned students and teacher in charge Gen. Sechung la. During the exhibition of artwork, officials from CTA and other onlookers were showing eagerness of buying our school’s products despite rejection.
 In a nutshell, the art and craft work done by our students with teacher in charge has not only brought laurels to TCV School Gopalpur but also became a master piece for other Tibetan schools.

The Dalai Lama The Story That Always Touches My Heart’

Lhamo Dhondup, two year old boy from Taktser was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama. He enrolled to monastic education at the tender age of six. Since then he became the hope and promise of the future Tibet, yet the impending tragedies and heart rending news  awaits him.
At the age of sixteen, he had to take the political and spiritual responsibility of an entire nation on account of advancing people’s liberation army in Tibetan area. There were prevalence of atrocities, houses were looted and razed to the ground and Tibetans were being killed with advancing Chinese. Despite, his young age, he managed to curb further escalation of violence in Tibet. He sent his delegates to Beijing to resolve the Tibet’s issue but in vain. Sadly, Beijing forced Tibetan delegates to sign the most unpopular ’17 point agreement’ without the prior knowledge and consent of His Holiness, who was the supreme ruler of Tibet then. The 17 point agreement asserted Beijing’s legitimacy to rule Tibet and arbitrarily made Tibet a part of china.
But still, His Holiness tried to work in accordance with the 17 point agreement which promised peace and stability in Tibet in order to save Tibetans from the notorious Chinese armies. But there were no sign of improvement in Tibet. However, violence escalated day by day in many parts of the country and Chinese brutally crackdown the popular mass uprising at the capital Lhasa in 1959.
Finally, there were rumors of Chinese plot of assassinate His Holiness on the night of March 9, 1959. His Holiness disguised himself as a layman, escaped to India along with thousands of his countrymen.
When he arrived in India, he gave first priority to the construction of schools for young Tibetans who came to India. He knew that Today’s children are the leaders of Tomorrow. Schools and Tibetan children in exile were nurtured under his utmost care. He established Tibetan government in exile and advocated democratic form of govt. where there are representations from commoners. Since then, the Tibetan exile government came into being and now functioning smoothly under his guidance.
He also advocated non-violence and middle way approach to resolve the Tibetan issue. He constantly reiterated that Tibet is not seeking independence of separation from mainland china and we are willing for genuine autonomy for the whole region of Tibet. With his liberal and realistic advocacy, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; he continues to work for the well being of people of the world.
In 2011, there was major change in Tibetan political system; he entirely devolved his political responsibility to a democratically elected leader with a vision that Tibetan issue should sustain and remain even after his life. Not only politically He was popular and remarkable but also spiritually he is one of the worlds’ most sought masters of our time. He gives inspiring and beneficial talks on various topics including compassion, happiness and secular ethics. He worked hard to promote religious harmony in the world. He received many honorary degrees, titles and prestigious awards in recognition for his unwavering beliefs in non-violence and religious harmony.
This is the story of my leader which always touches my heart deeply. It always makes mew fee that I am grateful and thankful to His Holiness. His works and achievements are beyond my expression. I am writing his story as a symbolic reminder of his kindness towards not only to the Tibetans but to the whole sentient beings. More than 60 years of life, beginning from the age of sixteen, he took great care of his country and countrymen. He is the rarest of rare and the most valued and precious jewel on this earth.
THANK YOU HIS HOLINESS FOR BEING OUR HEART.
Sonam Norbu XII C

THE OASIS

Our life wears on with a normal lifestyle and a repeated schedule to follow on every day. Well, something the majority of the world population was supposed to live and had lived.
As a typical Tibetan student, our fate and time didn’t compel us to face the situation that any other refugee students at the other end of the world might be going through. Yet the undercover reality is that seldom of us are being oblivion enough to pay our homage and remember our iconic leader, the global peacemaker who has been making manual efforts to roll the wheel of our so called ‘normal life’ , HH the Dalai Lama.
It was in this remote region of the world, Amdo in Tibet that the soul of peace was brought about. And start of the unpredicted mission of global peace presided over. By the disguise evil invasion of Tibet by Chinese army, he set out with a parental care towards his people with a longing to live in his own homeland. But when fate pushes the other way round, he moved along with thousands for the better of whole. He set out to resolve the cause of Tibet, did the undone things, thought the unthought ones and ignited minds and souls with a compassionate smile amidst the roar of grief, keeping the determination high made what the world is, today and forever.
His Holiness, you made the mark in history and developed the spirituality of this 21st century. You truly are a simple monk in purple robes and glasses well fit above your nose and then you do the magic of spreading inner euphoria throughout the world. Your acts are too gentle that very often make us think that the invasion of Tibet in a way could be for the good of many other countries of earth. It might well be the lord’s plan to expose you to the unawakened souls.
You have brought about kindness, compassion. Let the fact reveal this as a century of technological development but I suggest there are transformation in the lives of people and more than any kind of technological development or modernization. I feel the concepts of universal responsibility and many more, humanity is protruding out to a great extent. The world is in its form, calm and well composed, only with your presence. Not just a life but we owe the whole era to you.
With you alive, this planet is also breathing peace because you are bringing the oasis of universe …you are lot of things but what matters is what you are not.
And if the year 2014 is observed as a year of tribute, I confess that it’s not just a year of 365 days rather imbibed with all the 79 years journey of your life.
I pay my sincere homage to the man of a kind and wish to mention that every existence is indebted to you.
Because all in all, you the candle of the dark world.
Tenzin Norzom XI B

My Guru , My Lama

‘I am a simple monk’ this is what he says wherever he goes. Indeed he is simple monk born in a humble family in Tibet. He spent his childhood as any ordinary young lad, captured in his own innocent fantasy of games. But one day after months of inspection, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, the highest lama of Tibet. From that onwards his life as a farmer’s son changed. He was whisked away to the Potala and officially declared as the 14th Dalai Lama.
Brought up in this second home away home, Potala and Norbulinga, he was taught and adorned with the responsibility of Tibet and its people. While other teenagers found it difficult to deal with their own teenage problems. He spent his teenage with burden which were way beyond his age. It wouldn’t be such a gigantic burden if our eatern neighbor was not playing the cloak and dagger. He was given the rein of a thriving nation at the age of 16. The Chinese liberation army crossed the long protected border and said that they came to liberate us. But from whom?
With such talk, the liberators they captured Tibet and made it a living hell. HH the 14th Dalai Lama lost his authority and could not bear the pressure from the red Chinese. So, in 1959, he came into exile and in this foreign land, he built monasteries, schools and refugee camps for the newly arrivals. He established Tibetans administration, nurtured us as children, guided us through difficult moments until we stand on our own feet. The administration in exile is working well under his guidance. After his retirement, the first Sikyong was elected through democratic process. After his retirement he works for world peace and harmony he raised the issue of Tibet wherever he goes. He makes big difference on the people’s way of thinking as well as their way of life. He has busy schedule because in the world of materialistic, people crave for happiness and peace. There is only leader who says, I am a simple monk yet makes so much difference. He is my Guru, My Lama. I thank my guru for shaping my life and being the most inspirational leader for us. We should always realize how lucky we are to have such a loving and caring leader. I am proud to be a Tibetan and will always be because of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Tenzin Tso X D

What Is A Soul To A Man Is What His Holiness To Us

With a quote, ‘if you speak, it will only be heard in the corridor and down stairs for few seconds, but if you write it will be there for decades and centuries. I want to pay my tribute to His Holiness as a champion of peace and compassion. His Holiness was born on July 6, 1935 to a Holy Father Choekyong Tsering and pious mother Diki Tsering at a place called Amdo in Tibet. After having recognized as the true incarnation of previous Dalai Lama, he was taken to Lhasa for education. Even as a child, he showed compassion, love, care and kindness to people. At the age of 16, the Chinese started invading Tibet and had to leave his motherland Tibet and came into exile in 1959. His effort and hard work make Tibetans lives in exile easy and comfortable. To provide education to the Tibetan children, he got started schools in exile because he thinks of saving Tibet’s language and culture and tradition. The early Tibetan arrivals faced numerous problems such as change in temperature, economically they had nothing. His Holiness has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 as his campaign of non-violence, peace and harmony among different communities. Now he is regarded as an international leader all over the world. We Tibetans feel so fortunate to be Tibetans under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has spent his entire life for the sake of peace and promotion of non-violence. We will never forget you and always keep you in our hearts until our hearts stop beating. You contributed your life toward us and we all will contribute each of our individual life for you because you made this difference in our world. I dedicate this little words;
Above all the leaders in the world
The most precious of all the treasure,
The light which guided us up here,
To you, we bow with respect and pleasure,
You are Gyalwa Rinpoche.
You are father of kindness,
You are king of peace,
You are the true meaning of compassion,
The symbol of snowland
You are Yeshi Norbu,
You are flower that smells pleasant
To anyone who erushes it you are Tenzin Gyatso
You are so much more
Than you can see,
You are so much more
Than you think you are
You are so much more
Than you have heard of yourself
You are His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
His Holiness has reached 79 years of age and still residing in exile. No matter how dark is the tunnel, there is light at the end. This is what we learnt from him that hope for the best and prepare from the worst. He is the only hope for us. So it is certain that Tibet will be free soon. Long live His Holiness and May he come back to where he belongs. THANK YOU GYALWA RINPOCHE for everything you did for us!!!

Tenzin Topden IX D

Tributes Paid To His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Somehow our native land is overcast by the solidarity from the start of 20th century. His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama tried hard and let us mingle with other foreign countries. However, we denied. His Holiness was passed away with disappointment. His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama known as Lhamo Dhondup was born on 6th July 1935 in a decent family of Amdo, Takster. His mother gave birth to 16 children, of which 9 died in their early ages. His parents were religious and honest. Lhamo was recognized as the reincarnation of 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two through prediction and many good omens. He and his family shifted to Lhasa, the capital of then independent Tibet. He received science and political education from his tutors and sometimes he gets beaten by his tutors as his tutors were serious. He sometimes feel bad but not now.
Chinese armies began to occupy our natural beauty. Six million people prayed and wished for His Holiness to lead Tibet in the time crisis and he fulfilled them by taking full responsibilities of Tibet and its people at the age of sixteen. As a teen it was hard task. We students can’t even take a small responsibility of our school but he took the responsibility of whole country and ended up as the best leader so far. In 1959he and his fellowmen escaped to India an took refuge. He thought that our country should unite. When Nehru suggested that Tibetan children could be distributed to the hundred schools of India. Thinking education is the root to success he built several schools and camps first. Only after that the monasteries were established as we believe the religion is very important to our people and our land. Every day and night, he travels here and there and let know the people of world about our country Tibet. He is the one who brings happiness to those orphans, giving them homes, food and most of all love and care. It is hard for us to depart from our country but he covers it up with all facilities and loving care. He deserves our heartfelt gratitude.
He believes that this 21st century to be a peaceful and caring century. And non-violence is the only way. He advises all the people that if you can’t help others but at least don’t harm them and that we should have developed this moral values. He always says, ‘a man with moral values and education is surely to become a great person’. Those who lack moral values will become a bad leader. He always calls himself as a simple monk but in reality he is truly someone else. “HAPPY BIRTH DAY TO HIS HOLINESS”. Thank you so much for your wondrous work.
Tsering Yangchen VIII D

The Compassionate One (His Holiness)

There may be lots of leaders in the globe but there’s no such spiritual leader that can even hope to match with him. He is the man of great intelligence, charm and kindness. Due to kindness and compassion to all the people he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Our spiritual leader is none other than His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)
Tenzin Gyatso was born in 1935 to a farming family in the Amdo Province. He is the world’s foremost Buddhist leader, and lives in exile in northern India and works tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people as   well as travelling around the world to give spiritual teaching on peace and compassion.
His Holiness was done so much for the Tibetans and became the leader of Tibet in 1940 even though he was too young. When he tried to change the system from monarchical to democratic, some ministers argued with him because if the new system comes into practice they will not be the ministers forever. In 1959, Chinese destroyed many monasteries and temples. Chinese made the heaven like country Tibet into like hell. So His Holiness came into exile along with some thousands of Tibetans. They didn’t have anything, no place to live, no food to eat etc. The Tibetan refugees worked as roadside labors and their children were taken care of by His Holiness and housed them in temporarily built schools. Today His Holiness remains the focus of Tibetans’ hope everywhere. He has truly become an international figure not as other exile leader who uses weapons. But his holiness preaches compassion and peace for all people. We Tibetans remain indebted towards him. Lastly I would like to Thank Him and pray for His ‘Long Life’
Johnu Jangpo (VII D)

The 79th Birth Day Celebration


Along with the official celebration of the 79th birthday of the Tibetan leader His Holiness at the Tsuglakhang, Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur had held celebration in the school as well. The birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been a momentous marker in the Tibetan history. Tibetans and supporters of Tibet across the world join in the celebration. For Tibetans throughout the world, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s birthday is one of the most important and auspicious occasions in a year and is normally marked by elaborate celebrations in traditional Tibetan way. A day before the occasion, the management committee members resolved to have organized a special program on His Holiness Birthday. As per resolution, on the appointed day, two of the members of Management Committee have visited butchery and bought two sheep in order for saving lives of the sheep on this auspicious day. Besides saving lives of two sheep, 27 caged birds were bought to be released from their captivity on the same day.
On July 6, the official program began at 7.30 a.m. with holding of a special prayer (Sangsol) near school stupa for the longevity of His Holiness life. At 9.30 a.m. students and staff members in their best traditional attire got assembled in the school hall for the second round of official function.

Geshe Lhakdor la, the Director Tibetan Library and Archive, was invited as the guest of honor for the day. The program got started with singing of song of tribute ༼དྲུག་ཅུའི་དབྱངས་ལྡན།༽ by students. A group of students have staged a short skit on His Holiness contributions toward genuine cause of Tibet and the world at large. Staging skit was a part of tribute being paid to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as the year 2014 has been dedicated to Him as a ‘Year of Gratitude’ for his marvelous and wondrous work for promotion of peace, spreading the message of non-violence, religious harmony amongst the diverse communities of the world. After the function, the chief guest released the birds from the cage as a mark of freedom being given from captivity. Thereafter, the guest of honor has once been requested to plant a seedling. The program got ended with singing of Tibetan national anthem.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Inter-House Cultural Competition

One of the aims and objectives of Tibetan Children’s Villages is to develop a sound understanding of Tibetan identity and culture among the Tibetan students under its care. Holding of such mega event in TCV schools with involvement of large number of students is to let them cherish the richness of Tibetan cultural heritage and help students hold on with our Tibetan identity and culture in the midst of modernization. There is lurking fear that the Tibetan youngsters are getting influenced from cross culture of different nations and adoption of Tibetan Diasporas citizenship of different nations over the years.  Tibetans inside Tibet do not have the right to culture, right to education, right to speech etc, under the Communist Chinese Rule despite the international pressure. Chinese government denies the basic human rights to our brothers and sisters in Tibet and Tibetan culture is on the verge of extinction and dying out now in Tibet. The younger Tibetans are not well acquainted with our culture as they have no access to Tibetan religion and culture and moreover Chinese language is enforced on them (Tibetans) and knowledge of Chinese language has been made mandatory for finding any kind of job placement in Tibet. As a matter of fact, Tibetans in their own homeland Tibet have become minority and our culture has been marginalized. Now it is of prime importance that youngsters in exile have huge responsibility to preserve and promote our culture and appreciate the rich cultural heritage. With these objectives in mind, the games and sports committee of the school has organized inter-house culture competition on June 28, 2014.




To grace the occasion, we have invited Rev. Kirti Rinpoche to be our guest of honor on the night of the competition. Prior to competition, house masters have explored and studied the different regional songs and dances of Tibet before being taught to the students. Students and house masters have spent day in and day out to practice the songs and dances to reach the level of excellence and perfection. Finally the day has come for students to exhibit their talents on June 28. After the competition, the result is declared and the winners were awarded by the chief guest. The first position is bagged by Nyatri House, followed by Trisong house, Songsten house and Triral house. Having done prize distribution to the winning houses, the guest of honor was requested to give a speech of his impression on the inter-house cultural competition. Thereafter, the chairman of games and sports committee gave the word of thanks and the program ended with singing of Tibetan national anthem.

Legal Talk By Tenzin Lhundup

To bring awareness among the staff members of Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur, the Management Committee after much deliberation in a series of its meeting, ultimately resolved to invite a legal expert to give a legal talk on Child right and protection from Sexual Abuse to our staff members. As a preventive measure and to get well acquainted with the legal actions to be taken by court if someone is found guilty with such criminal action while in the school. Mr. Tenzin Lhundup was a former student of upper TCV School and has graciously accepted our invitation for the legal talk. He came to the school on the appointed day and began his talk on Child Abuse and made us aware of varied legal actions taken by the Special Court for child under 16 years of age under the ‘Child Protection Act’ which has recently be amended in the Indian Penal Court. For better understanding of legal action, he cited many examples of that he came across while practicing his law in the court. He too shared some of his cases in point as examples for making his points clear to all. Finally, he urged each and every staff member who has dealing with students should take note of one’s responsibility and be accountable when caught with such act. He also informed the school authorities to lodge a report instantly to the police when such incident occurs in the school, lest the school authorities are also liable for imprisonment provided the authorities know about the incident and do not report it to the local police station.

Career Talk By Choezom Tsering

As a part of career related program initiated by DoE, the career counselor of Upper Tibetan Children’s Village School Madam Choezom Tsering  has come to our school for career guidance and counseling for XI and XII graders on June 30. Students were given information on different careers after the completion of class XII board examination. Before choosing a career, she asked students to know yourself.. Knowing oneself is one important determining factor for a career option. After realizing one’s own potentiality and strengths, one can make a good and right decision in his/her life. Mrs. Choezom gave talks on different career options such as Beauty Care, Economics, air hostess, event manager, business management, cinematography, cartography, anthropology, archaeology etc.

A Talk By Professor Samdong Rinpoche

Rev. Samdong Rinpoche has been requested by the ‘Private Office’ to go to three plus two TCV schools to clarify the confusion and doubts of students that emerged during the talk given by Sikyong and Chair person of ATPD . Many students posted questions to the Sikyong and the Chairperson of ‘Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies’ regarding Dolgyal propitiators. It seems that many students didn’t get answers to their questions asked during the June teaching from Sikyong and the Chairman of ATPD. Rinpoche has given us to understand that none of the Dolgyal propitiators have faced discrimination from the Central Tibetan Administration and general Tibetans; rather the CTA has given equal status to all Tibetans. The CTA has neither denied them their religious freedom nor obstructed their rights to live in India and travel abroad. Despite this well known fact, groups associated with Dolgyal propitiation persist with baseless allegations that Tibetans who are Dolgyal followers are discriminated against in their access to education, health care and other social services. Rinpoche talks about non-cooperation and social boycott are individual matters and they are not sponsored by the Central Tibetan Administration. Every individual has the right to use non-cooperation and social boycott against Dolgyal groups. These two instruments were effectively used by the great Indian leader – Mahatma Gandhi against the British Raj during the colonial period. The use of individual non-cooperation and social boycott against Dolgyal groups is an individual matter and no one can stop it from using these tools. Furthermore, Rinpoche said that Dolgyal groups and their agents pose serious threat to the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and unity of the Tibetan people at large. Many of our students expressed their satisfaction on the explanation and answers provided to their questions from Rinpoche.

Poetry Recitation By Phakal Danglang

Tibetan language preservation Sclub members (Phakal Danglang) for preserving Tibetan language, have organized individual poetry recitation competition on June 17 in connection with a Tribute being paid to  His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for his tremendous contribution for the genuine cause of Tibet in particular and World Peace at large in general. The guest of honor for the competition was a member from ‘Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies’ – Ringwo Geshe Lobsang Nyendrak. The chief guest was accompanied by two eminent Tibetans namely Arik Gyurmey la, a renowned writer in Tibetan community in exile and an ex-political prisoner of conscience Rev. Bakto la. The essence of holding such competition in our school is to let our students know about the richness of poetries in our heritage and deterioration of poetry composition and recitation in the contemporary Tibetan society especially among the 21st century Tibetan students. As the year 2014 is dedicated to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibetans across the world express our gratitude for His tremendous work for the Tibetan cause, the title for the competition was kept as ༼༧རྒྱལ་བའི་བཀའ་དྲིན་རྗེས་དྲན༽
Prior to the contest, Master Shawo Dorjee introduced the judges and another member of Phakal Danglang master Sangye Dhondup gave a brief introduction on aims and objectives of founding of Phakal Danglang in TCV School Gopalpur. Thereafter, Master Lobsang Dawa gave an exemplary poetry recitation and then the actual individual poetry recitation competition got kicked off. The first position was taken by Tenzin Lobsang of XI, second position was bagged by Tsetan Wangchuk of class IX and third position went to Penpa Bhuti of class XI. The winners were awarded and followed by speech from the chief guest. Lastly Master Tashi Gyatso gave the vote of thanks.

Saka Dawa

The fourth month of the Tibetan calendar is called “Saka Dawa”. ‘Saka’ is the name of one of the 28 major stars tracked in Tibetan astrology. ‘Dawa’ means ‘month’ in Tibetan. Saka Dawa is probably one of the most influential and holiest months for Tibetans. Saka Dawa is the special month in which the Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (Death) all occur. The 15th day of the fourth month of Tibetan calendar marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. On this day, Tibetans consider and believe to perform meritorious activities. The devotees lit lamps, candles and incense sticks before a huge statue of Lord Buddha. They (Buddhists) do pious deeds and distribute food and give alms to beggars. People are also seen donating money as it is believed that good deeds earned in this month are rewarded 100,000/ folds. Tibetans in family perform varied rituals such as reading of religious scriptures, keeping fast, doing meditation and avoidance of speaking for 24 hrs to anyone etc. Buddhists in general and Tibetans in particular prefer to go for vegetarianism rather than non-vegetarianism for the whole month. During the ‘Saka Dawa’ month, the cultural committee of the school organized two day ‘Kagyur Reading’, the teaching of Lord Buddha in textual form. Students from class VII through XII along with staff members sat for reading of holy scripts. On June 12, students were sent for second Saturday outing as the next day is the full moon day or 15th day of the fourth month.

དབྱིན་ཇིའི་སྐད་ཡིག་ཕྱུག་བསྒྱུར་གྱི་བྱེད་སྒོ།



རང་རེའི་སློབ་མ་རྣམས་ལ་དབྱིན་ཇིའི་སྐད་ཡིག་ཕྱུག་བསྒྱུར་ཡོང་ཆེད་འཛིན་དགེ་དང༌། དབྱིན་དགེའི་འགན་འཁུར་འོག་དབྱིན་ཇིའི་གཞས་དང༌། སྙན་ཚིག་རེས་མོས་ཀྱིས་ལོ་ལྟར་འགྲན་བསྡུར་བྱེད་མུས་ལྟར། འདི་ལོར་ཡང་ཕྱི་ཟླ་༦ ཚེས་༦ དགོང་དྲོ་ཛིན་གྲྭ་ནང་ཁུལ་དབྱིན་ཇིའི་གཞས་སྣ་འགྲན་བསྡུར་གནད་སྨིན་ཞུ་ཐུབ་པ་བྱུང་ཡོད།

ངག་རྩལ་འགྲན་བསྡུར་གྱི་སྐོར།


འདི་ལོར་ཡང་ཕྱི་ཟླ་ ཚེས་༢༢ ཉིན་རང་རེའི་སློབ་མ་རྣམས་ངག་གི་སྨྲ་བརྗོད་ནུས་རྩལ་མཐོར་འདེགས་སུ་འགྲོ་ཆེད་བོད་སྐད་ངག་རྩལ་འགྲན་བསྡུར་ཐེངས་གཅིག་བྱས་ཡོད། དེ་ཡང་བོད་དགེ་རྣམས་ཀྱིས་འགན་འཁུར་རྐང་བཞེས་ཀྱིས་བདུན་ཕྲག་གསུམ་གྱི་གོང་ནས་སྙན་ཚིག་དང༌། གསུང་བཤད། གཏམ་བརྗོད་བཅས་བརྗོད་གཞི་གསུམ་གྱི་ཐོག་སློབ་མ་ཡོངས་ལ་འཛུལ་བཞུགས་ཆེད་སྦྱོང་གི་གོ་སྐབས་ཕུལ་རྗེས། དེ་དག་གི་ཁྲོད་ནས་སློབ་མ་རྩེ་ཕུད་༡༥ བདམས་ནས་བོད་སྐད་ངག་རྩལ་ལས་འགུལ་སྔར་ལྷག་སྤེལ་ཐུབ་པ་བྱུང་ཡོད།