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Geshe Ngawang Yeshi la in the center, the school observing 7th Anniversary of His Holiness’ Conferment of Congressional Gold Medal

17th October 2013: TCV School Suja celebrated the 7th anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s confernment of US Congressional Gold Medal. Since last year, as per the resolution, the day is celebrated by observing Dialectic day. A function was held on the open stage where photo of His Holiness was surrounded by various Indian masters from Nalanda University. Geshe Ngawang Yeshi la, the youngest translator of His Holiness had consented as the chief guest. As a part of this celebration, a nite of poetry recitation and songs presentation would be arranged by the students’ group.

On the very outset, obeisance was paid to the Lord Manjushree by reciting the mantra followed by the lifelong prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After that Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la, the headmaster gave an introductory speech about observing this congressional Day. During his speech, he also cited some of the excerpt from the speech given by various great personalities related to this award ceremony function. This was followed by the presentation of dialectic by various groups of students including the junior students.

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Our Sponsors from Luxemburg being offered traditional Tibetan Scarf by the school Director Mr. Sonam Sichoe la

Finally Geshe la addressed the gathering. He gave his insight into the dialectic presented by the students and gave some suggestions here and there. Later he gave an overall introduction to Buddhism in both Tibetan and English since there were some Sponsors from Luxemburg, a long time supporter of this school and the Tibetan people and few resource persons from America. Speaking on the occasion, he advised the gathering the importance of embracing and studying Buddhism which was the basic foundation of our rich culture. During the function, the sponsors were introduced by the school Director Mr. Sonam Sichoe la and offered traditional scarves. The school had also arranged one cultural program exclusively for the sponsors. After the function, Geshe la was crowded by the resources persons as well as the faculty members for their personal queries. Geshe la was on his way to Chauntra for another program.

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Both the staff and students watching the video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Lhakar in the school Hall

Geshe Ngawang Yeshi la reached the school on 16th i.e. on Lhakar. In the morning, as a part of observing Lhakar, both the staff and students gathered in the school hall in Tibetan dress and the school Principal Mr. Karma Sherab la showed a clip of His Holiness’ talk. After watching the video, a minute’s silence was observed in which everybody contemplated about what His Holiness had said in the video. Both the staff and students prayed to use the day meritoriously and to use pure Tibetan on this Lhakar Day.

In the evening at 6:30 pm, there was a talk by Geshe Ngawang Yeshi la for all the staff members. The topic on which he spoke was “How to make a meaningful life”. The talk lasted for little less than an hour. He introduced the Buddhist way of life by citing modern instances which made everyone easy to digest. After his talk, there was a brief Question answer session which was used well by the staff members. It was really a enlightening talk.

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