When the students who live at the Children’s Welfare Center (CWC) at Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre (YBMC) and attend the Tibetan School in Dholanji, India, reach the 10th grade, they are asked to write a biography about themselves in English. Following is the biography of Sangye Palden, born in Nepal, written in 2011.
There are two hundred countries in this world and every person was born in a different country and a different place. Some may have been born in a rich country, like the U.S.A., and some in a poor country like Nepal. It depends on your luck. Some people are so intelligent and others are foolish. Some are rich and others are poor. It depends on your capability. In this world each and every person wants to enjoy their life, but many do not get to enjoy their life; many only meet sorrow. The place we call our motherland depends on where we are born. There is one boy whose name is Sangye Palden. That is me.
I was born on March 7, 1995 in Thapa Galvo Valley. It is my birthplace, and Nepal is my motherland. It is known as one of the most beautiful places in Dolpo. My father is a farmer and mother is a housewife. I have three brothers, one uncle, and no sisters. My family is made of seven members in total. When I was four years old, my father sent me to our Village School. Five years later, I reached fourth grade. I was not good in properly reading English. Two years later, when I was ten, I would be so sad because in my village there was no facility to develop more education. In our village, fortunately one Bon monk came and wanted to take some boys to a foreign country for proper education. At that time he wanted to choose the students himself. Then, my whole family discussed it with each other. My father and mother were especially very happy because I was chosen to go to a foreign country for education. Within three days, my father and mother had prepared to send me to a foreign country. When I was leaving all of my neighbors gave me blessings with love.
When I reached Dholanji Village in India I found different kinds of resources and I was surprised because I had never seen this type of village. When I was ten years old I had to admit that the new school was first class because I couldn’t yet read in English when I arrived. Then, I started to improve my education and always did well and thought well. At the end of the year I received the first position in my class; number one. I was so happy and proud of myself. When I was in sixth grade my teacher said, “Do you have ambition?” I said, “No sir,” and at that time I began thinking about my ambition. Finally I decided that my ambition was to become a great writer and monk. I like reading books. Now, I study in tenth grade (IX A). For me my teacher Penna Padul is the best teacher in the whole school. When I went to school I discussed, enjoyed, and played with my classmates as well as other schoolmates.
Now I am living in a hostel. My hostel’s name is Bon Children Welfare Centre in Dholanji, India. This hostel is inviting. I’ll never forget this hostel because I came to live here in 2000 and now I have lived here for eleven years. I had different kinds of experiences. Actually, this is my short auto-biography. I am not a great person but I want to be a great person in this world one day. I must always keep up on my self-confidence.
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