The Bon Children’s Welfare Center (BCWC) is an integrated community for the care and education of children from the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, and Sikkim. Some of the children are orphans; others are sent by their families for care and education they would not otherwise have. The BCWC is run as a part of the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center, which is registered with the Government of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India.
We at the BCWC look after the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of these destitute children from the day they arrive. We provide them with a high quality education and instill in them a deep and intimate understanding of the native culture and religion of the Tibetan Bon.
There are more than 230 students being supported by your donations. This includes
- 143 Students at the Bon Children’s Welfare Center
- 61 Students at the Menri Nunnery
- 6 Students at the Tibetan Medical College at Menri
- 2 Students at the Monastery studying painting and incense preparation
- 10 Students at the University Varanasi
- 4 Students at the CST Mussorie taking graduate classes
- 12 Students taking commerce
- 2 Students at Candigarh College studying computers
- 3 Students at Solan studying computers and cooking
Many of these students are receiving top marks in their classes.
We thank you again for your support of these programs. You are helping to change the lives of these young people for the better!
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This month the students are participating in Losar festivities. Losar (Lo ,meaning year and sar meaning new) will begin on February 19, 2015. This day will not only begin the Tibetan lunar new year, but will initiate the Year of the Wood Sheep. (People born in 1955 or 2015 are Wood Sheep.) There will be two weeks of special rituals and ceremonies marking the beginning of the New Year. In the Bon tradition, the first month of the Tibetan year is considered a holy month and is called Bum-Gyur Da-Wa. During this holy month (in 2015 : February 19 to March 20), all prayers and practices are multiplied 100,000 times.
From the students at the Bon Children’s Welfare Center, we wish you Happy Losar and Tibetan New Year!
Thank you for your support this year. You have helped young men and women receive an education and a path to a better life – young people like the one who shared his experience with us.
“When I was five my father taught me the Tibetan alphabet and to read and write using a wooden block as a book and a sharp bamboo stick as a pencil. We were poor, but my father valued education. Early one morning in 1987, when I was seven, my father and I left our home. We walked for several days to a town with an airstrip. There we took a small plane to another town, where we then got on a bus. After a three-day bus ride we arrived at the Menri Bon Monastery in Northern India.
I came to the school to be a monk, but when I reached the monastery the Abbott sent me to school saying that I was too young to become a monk. I joined the Bon Children’s Welfare Center (BCWC) and for eight years I had the opportunity to live there and study at the Central School for Tibetan Children in Dholanji.
Days became months, and months became years. I worked very hard in school and earned many prizes in drawing and handwriting competitions. In 4th grade, I came in third in an all India bird drawing contest.
In 1997 I completed the eighth grade and started to learn Tibetan Bon philosophy, as well as grammar, poetry, astrology, astronomy, traditional art and ritual practices. I had the opportunities to attend workshops at a number of monasteries and institutes throughout India. I became involved in the Emory Tibet Science Initiative and through that received a scholarship to study western science at Emory University.
In May 2013, I graduated from Emory University and came back to Menri. I took my Geshe exams in March 2014. It is perhaps the greatest achievement of my life. Currently I am working in the library at the monastery. In my spare time I am writing a book about Buddhism and Biology. None of this would have been possible if my father had not brought me to the Bon Children’s Welfare Center. I will be forever grateful to him and BCWC.”
Thank you again for your support for this work. The BCWC is helping orphans and poor children gain a high quality and therefore life-changing education. We have attached our year-end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it.
Thank you so much for your continued support and interest in our project! As you can see above, the students at the Bon Children’s Welfare Center (BCWC) were all given new backpacks! Thank you for helping give this gift to the children.
We’d like to share with you a short essay written by a young man named Lhawang. Lhawang is in the eleventh grade, and has written about the value of education both in his life and for everyone. While many of the students are orphans, some to the students like Lhawang have come to the BCWC because there are no opportunities for an education in the villages where they live. Coming to the monastery is the only way that students like Lhawang can receive an education. Here is a bit about his story, in his words.
The Value of Education
In my childhood, it was my thinking that getting an education was a boring venture and would be a complete waste of my time. I didn’t want to study in my school life, but I was completely wrong. One day my father advised me very seriously that nowadays education is in so much demand that without education people can’t do anything and it is a vital part of life. A person without education is like a man without eyes. If we have education we have a great chance to become an engineer, a doctor, a teacher, a pilot, a writer, any other respectable job, even prime minister of a country. Education makes us more perfect human beings and teaches us how to live with other people. These traits are developed in us just because of the education that we get in our life here at school. Life here at school is the most joyful and the happiest period in one’s life. Every day we get to learn new things. In school the teachers show us the right path of life. We get many opportunities to do different activities for our betterment. We also have a lot of time to study. So, the students should give their studies their full attention. If we don’t’ have an education, we cannot get jobs and cannot fulfill our ambitions of becoming a successful person. We all should know the value and significance of getting an education. My father has completely changed my life by giving me this simple advice. My father told me that I have to study hard because I am the eldest son of the family, the oldest of my brothers and sisters, so I have the greatest amount of responsibility. Thus, it becomes extremely essential for me to get my education in a proper way. For this reason, my father sent me to this monastery. There was no way for me to get an education in the village where I lived. Once I came here I began to study hard for my future and for my family. Now, I am in the eleventh grade and am working hard to fulfill the responsibility that is on my shoulder. I now understand the value of an education.
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