This morning, for the first time at Sakya Academy, our monks celebrated the Buddha Purnima, anniversary of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana.
A makeshift temple was set up by our children in the school assembly hall, where they performed the Sixteen-Arhat Puja.
A programme followed, that elaborated on the significance of Vesak Day.
The event closed with the children sitting for a scriptures exam.
Preparing for Vesak Day
Tomorrow is Vesak Day, and it will be the first time that we celebrate it at Sakya Academy.
Our monks are getting everything ready for this most auspicious of days!
Today, Rinpoche took all the children on a picnic to Fun & Food Kingdom, complete with swimming pools, amusement rides and ice cream.
Everybody had the time of their lives!
This morning, our children expressed through song and gifts the devoted love that they feel for Dagmo Kushok, whom they see as their mother.
Mother's Day was celebrated a few days early so that Rinpoche could be there. He leaves the day after tomorrow on his Asian Phurdup Tour.
Needless to say, Rinpoche and Dagmo Kushok were deeply moved by the show of affection that poured from the children.
Today, morning assembly was special, with the recitation of poems and the performance of sketches, and with Jetsunma Tsejin Lhamo as a very professional MC!
Phys Ed Class
Our children's first formal Phys Ed class. They are now learning aerobics and yoga under their new PT Instructor.
This morning, our Sakya Academy crossed a milestone in its short history. As it celebrated its 4th Founder’s Day, it was blessed by the presence of very special guests, with H.E. Jetsun Kushok as Chief Guest, and H.E. Gyalyum Chenmo and H.E. Sey Kushok as Guests of Honour.
This was the first time that our school’s anniversary was being graced by such honourable guests, and our children made their school ever so proud by their impeccable behaviour and exuberant participation.
One could not but be awestruck by the quantum leap that the school has taken since its first Founder’s Day in April 2016. This was eloquently described by H.E. Dagmo Sonam la in a moving talk that shone light on the transformation that the children have undergone in such a short span of time. It was also stirringly put into words by two students who recounted their own life-changing experience at the Academy.
As the morning unfolded, all the love and dedication that has been invested in the school by everyone that has a share in it impregnated the assembly hall. The joy and the passion for selfless excellence that reign at the school radiated through each performance. Everyone trying their best… the students, big and small, the staff and, underpinning every detail, the astonishingly dedicated leadership of our school Principal, Ma’am Tsering La.
What was hugely palpable was everyone’s genuine rejoicing for Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche that his vision was coming true, and their infinite gratitude and admiration toward him and Dagmo Kushok for creating this haven of happiness and golden opportunity.
The ceremony closed with its guests invited to visit the Science exhibition that the children had prepared, some features of which were truly inspiring – to name but one, an air compressor propelled by bio-gas built by one of our senior students. Merely this feature highlights the emphasis that our students place on the importance of the environment, for their and everyone’s future.
All wishes for a happy and successful new academic year at Sakya Academy!
Today, for the weekly Sunday puja, our student monks are performing the Medicine Buddha ritual for the well-being of all sentient life.
Today, 13 of our senior boys were invested with new titles and with the duties that come with them. For the first time, we now have a School Captain and Vice-Captain, as well as 3 Prefects. In addition, each House is to have 2 Captains.
After proudly receiving their badges from Her Eminence Dagmo Kushok, the appointees listened intently as the significance of their new responsibilities, and the qualities that they are to display, were briefly described to them and to their peers.
We are confident that they will discharge themselves admirably of their duties, and we wish them the very best.
First Day of School
Our new children are settling in nicely. They were introduced to their schoolmates at morning assembly, and were given a sturdy round of applause.
A New Batch of Students
Over 30 children have joined our Sakya Academy family for the beginning of the new school year.
Our warmest welcome to each and everyone of them! We wish them all happiness in their new home, and we look forward to seeing them bloom.
Today all members of our Sakya Academy staff celebrated the closure of the 2018-19 school year with a picnic at Sahastradhara.
Everyone had a wonderful time, filled with song and dance, and a lot of fun!
And now, time for a well-deserved break, before we start off on a new academic year.
Wishing everyone a very happy holiday!
SSA Friendly Match
Today our Sakya Academy team vied with FC Magon for the Friendly Match SSA cup.
The Puruwala team gave a good fight, but Sakya Academy won the day with a 4-nil score.
There was much rejoicing as the winning team was awarded the coveted cup from Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche.
Bhutadamara Fire Puja
Today our monks performed the Peaceful Vajrapani Bhutadamara Fire Puja on the roof of the school's Hostel House.
Guru Yoga Hundred Thousand Offering
Today 40 of our monks joined the Sakya Centre sangha for the 3-day celebration of the Guru Yoga Puja along with the Boom Tsok offering, conducted by His Holiness Sakya Trichen Rinpoche and dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Monlam at Bodh Gaya
H.H. the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Kushok Sonam la meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during Monlam at Bodh Gaya.
Monlam at Bodh Gaya
December 2018/January 2019
Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche and his family joined the Monlam Prayer Festival at Bodh Gaya.
Happy New Year!