We wanted to give you another look into the lives of the students studying at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India. In our last report we shared the students’ daily schedule and told you that students are placed into four ‘houses’. Each house has been named after one of the people responsible for spreading the teachings of the Tibetan Bon. The names are Dru-tsang, Zhu-tsang, Pa-tsang and Meu-tsang. These houses have various competitions throughout the year. Below you can see pictures of a costume competition that the students participated in. (We would really like to know what the student dressed as an alien used to turn themselves so blue!)
Each one of the younger students is paired with an older student who acts as their big brother or sister. The big ‘sibling’ generally helps the younger student adapt to life at the monastery. Together the students will eat a simple and delicious breakfast of Tibetan tea, bread, jam and eggs, before the older student helps the younger student get to class. (The top picture of this e-mail shows some older ‘brothers’ walking their younger ‘brothers’ to school.) Since all of the students studying at the Monastery are living far from their families, developing this bond between older and younger students helps to foster a sense of family and togetherness among all of the students.
The students at the monastery come from very poor homes or are orphans. The students are so thankful for the support that you give to them which allows them to attend school at this Monastery. As you can see from the pictures, the students are receiving a very high level of care while living and studying at the Bon Monastery, and your donations help to make that possible for them. Thank you so much.
School is currently in session at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India.
We recently received this update from one of the monks at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India:
These days the children are going to school during schooling time. Below you will see their schedule:
5:30am – Morning Bell5:30-6:00am – Get ready for school6:00-6:45am – Morning Prayers6:45-7:15am – Breakfast7:15-7:45am – Dress in School Uniform7:45-8:50am – Morning Study8:50am – School Begins1:15pm – Lunch4:10-4:30pm – Evening Tea4:30-5:30pm – Break5;30-6:30pm – Evening study (holy book)6:30-6:45pm – Evening Prayers7:30-8:00pm – Dinner8:00-9:30pm – Self Study9:30-9:45pm – Watch the news9:45 – 10:00pm – Break to wash hands and feet10:00pm – Good Night
The students are divided in to four houses. When the children are not studying they are cleaning and organizing various competitions between these houses including games, essay-writing competitions in both English and Tibetan, costume contests, acting, calligraphy, poem recitation, and physical fitness.
The pictures that we have included in this report depict the morning view from the monastery and morning prayer. We are looking forward to sharing more pictures that depict daily life at the school soon!
Thank you again for supporting our project to give the gift of schooling to these students. Your donation is truly helping to change lives. Thank you.
The children at the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre (YBMC) are now busily studying for their exams in March. As the student numbers grow (there are now 64 girls attending school), YBMC has been improving the facilities for the students. The boys now have a second floor above the dormitories with rooms for special studies (e.g. art, English, Tibetan) and a large hall for conferences. Construction of a larger shower room on the ground floor is also underway. The water issues for both the boys and girls have also been improved. There is now a fixed water filter and water cooler in the boys’ dorms to provide pure and cool water during the summer and the delivery of water in the girls’ facilities has been fixed.
We are very grateful for your continued support for the Bon children in Dolanji. Your support has not only helped with food and clothing for the children but also has contributed to the improvement of the facilities.
During the summer months, when the school is closed, there is still much to do for the Bon children in Dolanji, India. Many of the children living at the monastery in India come from rural areas in Nepal where there are no schools. This year those children in the 10th class went to visit their families. Some had not seen them for 10 years, and it was a very happy reunion. Many children had difficulty recognizing their family members but their families knew them and were very happy that they had grown up and were receiving a good education.
During the summer there were also activities for those children remaining in the dormitories. There was a debate in July and a seminar on Bon history, religion and culture was organized in the library which included students attending the Tibetan University in Varanasi. There was a handwriting competition with prizes for the winners. Teachers Day was celebrated on September 5th, the birthday of Dr. Radha Krishanan, the second president of India.
School has again started for the Bon children in Dolanji. This year a 12th class was added and everybody is very happy about that. Two children from the school achieved first positions in the science and culture exhibitions held for the Tibetan schools in the Northern Zone. The students then traveled to Delhi to participate in the Central Zone exhibition.
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Every morning I rise early from my bed in the hostel. I wash my face and hands and brush my teeth. I wear my school clothes. Then we have prayers and after prayers we have breakfast. Our school is half way down the mountain from the hostel. Our hostel is on the top of the mountain. After breakfast my friends and I take our book bags and start to walk down the mountain to the school. Soon we are running to see who can get there first. Before school, we all line up in front of the school. Then we go in and study. At noon, we run back up the mountain to the hostel for lunch and then we run back down the school for our classes. After our classes, we run up the mountain to our hostel and change our clothes and go outside and play. Everybody helps each other. If I have homework, I do it before we eat dinner. After dinner, I go to sleep. I am very happy!!!!
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