TCV Suja observed the 10th anniversary of conferment of US congressional Gold Medal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by holding Riglam/Dialectic Day in the school. Ten years ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded this award in recognition to his advocacy of religious harmony, non-violence, and human rights throughout the world and for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue though dialogue with the Chinese leadership. It was the highest US civilian award that was awarded to him. Every Tibetans cherish and value this day.

For the last few years, TCV Suja has been observing this auspicious day as “Riglam/Dialectic Day” in the school. His holiness has repeatedly encouraged and shown great wish in the incorporation of Buddhist dialectic system of probing knowledge in a school’s educational system. And accordingly, the Dialectic or Riglam studies was started in most Tibetan schools from last many years. It is introduced to students from their primary levels. It has been so successful till date and proved to be very beneficial tool in acquiring knowledge in any fields.  So, to express gratitude to his great vision and insight, TCV Suja holds the Riglam or Dialectic Day in the school on this very special day that coincides with his anniversary of conferment of US congressional Gold medal.

Though the students have regular dialectic classes in school, but the last one week’s morning assembly of the school was specially utilised to practice open dialectic debate between students of various class levels. The students voluntarily participate in the debate by their own choice of opponents and debate on various topics. They indulged in very comprehensive debate by correctly following the technique of Buddhist dialectic system of debating.

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Students practicing Riglam during the morning assembly.

Today’s official function started at 9 am in school’s main auditorium. The guest of honor was His Eminence Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche.                                              ( http://www.sakyaheritage.org/AboutUs/avi.html )

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The function started with an introductory speech by school’s principal Mr. Karma Sherap la. He gave a brief account of observing the day as “Riglam Day” and how Tibetan buddhist dialectic studies became integrated into school’s academic curriculum. He presented a brief report on yearly dialectic practices and participation in the school by the students and teachers respectively.

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After the introductory speech, students of class VII and VIII presented their dialectic debate. Names of the debating groups and topics were put into a basket and the chief guest randomly picked a name and thereby, the chosen candidates took over the stage and presented their debate on the topic picked by the chief guest. It was quite exciting and students waited in eagerness. Two teacher representatives from science department, Mr. Ngathup la and Ms. Gyaltsen Pelmo la too presented a very interesting dialectic debate on a scientific topic. Everyone in the audience listened to it with great keenness and enthusiasm.

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Gen. Ngathup la and Gen. Gyaltsen Pelmo la debating

Then, a Tibetan teacher from junior section of the school Mr. Tsering Ngodup la was given an opportunity to launch his first musical video. With the help of some colleagues in his school, he was able to bring out this musical video which he requested the chief guest to officially launch it on this auspicious day. His musical video was named “Gangchen Bodh Ki Nyima” referring to His holiness the Dalai lama and it was his musical tribute to His Holiness the XIV Dalai lama for his life time commitment towards Tibetan people and world peace. His musical video was showcased in the auditorium with the help of a projector.  It was indeed a very beautiful song.

At last, the speech of the Day came from the Guest of Honour. He highly appreciated the initiatives taken by various Tibetan schools in including the Buddhist dialectic studies in their regular academic curriculum and expressed immense gratification on witnessing the presentation by the students. He further pointed on the importance of practicing dialectic in our daily lives and gave a brief account of history of Tibetan dialectic practice in Tibet and India. He then advised the students to choose right friend and companion in their life. He related to this statement by citing few real instances of some people whom he knew that was affected by right and wrong friends. He also advised the children to refrain from bad habits and lifestyles. With his wonderful personality and in-depth knowledge, he captured the audiences from his first word to his last one.

The function concluded with Thank You speech from the philosophy or Riglam teacher, Ven. Yeshi Tashi la. Starting from thanking the chief guest to everyone involved in the occasion, he put an end to the function by reciting an auspicious Tibetan stanza.

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