23rd November 2017
Amitayus Long-Life Puja
for His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin
Today, on the occasion of the 43rd Tibetan Birthday of His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche conducted the Amitayus Puja in the school Prayer Hall.
Early this morning, our senior monks greeted Rinpoche at his residence and escorted him to the temple for the celebration of the ceremony. This was an important moment for all our monks, particularly for those whose first time it was to be led in prayer by Rinpoche.
The ceremony ended with the cutting of the celebratory cake by Rinpoche.
14th November 2017
A gleeful morning as our teachers performed songs, dances and sketches for our children. These were greeted by enthusiastic cheers and applause.
The celebrations continued with a picnic at the nearby Mindrolling Stupa, a new and overwhelming experience for all.
6th November 2017
This morning, Sakya Academy held its 2nd Annual Inter-House Sports Competition. It featured a riveting performance from the part of every student at the school, opening with an extraordinary performance of a perfectly synchronised march and followed by various races that were hotly contested by the school's four houses - green, yellow, red and blue. Although the Green House carried away both of the meet's two trophies, members of all the houses revealed themselves to be real winners both in performance and in spirit. True sportsmanship won the day.
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21st September 2017
Amitayus Long-Life Puja
for His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin
This morning, on the occasion of the 73rd Tibetan Birthday of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, the Amitayus Long-Life Puja was celebrated in the new Sakya Academy prayer hall.
This was the first time that the new temple was being used. It was also the first time for most of our student monks to be participating in a ritual, and their long hours of scripture studies were reflected in their fluent performance of the puja.
This represents a huge step taken by Sakya Academy towards the fulfilment of its aspiration to be a true Monastic School, where a world-class academic education merges with a meaningful religious formation and where the invaluable treasures of the Sakya Tradition are preserved in their full integrity for the benefit of beings.
5th September 2017
Today, our student monk repaid the kindness of their teachers by delighting them with a first-class show of song, dance, poetry and elocution.
Everyone there to enjoy the show was astonished by the performers' talents and the professionalism displayed by the senior monks in orchestrating the entire programme.
Special thanks were offered to our Principal Ma'am Tsering la for being a pillar of wisdom and a guiding light to all.
Although Rinpoche and Dagmo Kushok were not able to attend, the event began with a touching recorded message from Dagmo Kushok, which set the tone for the rest of the celebration.
It was joyful, entertaining and touching. Bright smiles were on everyone's faces, and laughter won the day!
A wonderful occasion!
15th May 2017
Tenshug Offering at Sakya Centre
Our Sakya Academy monks participate in the Grand Tenshug Offering Ceremony held at the Sakya Centre in gratitude to His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin for his two-month bestowal of the holy Lamdre teachings.
8th to 12th May 2017
Child-based educational workshop at Sakya Academy
Organised by Deer Park Institute, Bir, an intense 5-day workshop engaged the enthusiastic participation of all our teaching staff members. Led by Child and Adolescent Psychologist Ms. Akshita Dutta, the workshop explored the core elements of cognitive development, social and emotional development, motor development, and language and communication development.
Our teachers were amazed to discover how deeply these essential educational principles are rooted in Buddhist philosophy. This was consolidated by sessions of mindfulness meditation, which teachers were in turn encouraged to actively use in their classrooms.
24th March to 14th May
Lamdre teachings at Sakya Centre
A group of some 60 Sakya Academy monks receive the Holy Lamdre teachings conferred by H.H. Sakya Gongma Trizin Rinpoche at the Sakya Centre.
In celebration of Jetsunma Tsejin Lhamo Sakya's birthday
Sakya Academy celebrated its first birthday with a cultural programme that included poetry and music, and featured a captivating performance of the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale 'Rapunzel', starring Jetsunma Tsejin Lhamo as the eponymous protagonist.
Prizes were given for last year's outstanding achievements, and Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Kushok added their words of congratulations and appreciation to the occasion, addressed to staff and students alike.
The event concluded with the celebration of Jetsunma Tsejin Lhamo's sixth birthday.
His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin
H.E. Jetsunma Ngawang Tsejin Lhamo makes a precious and touching musical offering to His Holiness Sakya Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, and our Sakya Academy monks perform a remarkable rendition of the Sakya Lineage Prayer on the occasion of the Enthronement Ceremony of His Holiness Sakya Gongma Trizin Rinpoche in Puruwala.
Now it is the teachers' turn to perform for the children with a sketch and a song-and-dance performance. Our teachers surprise and amaze everyone with their outstanding talents.
The afternoon sees field games and the final of the Sakya Academy Football cup, with the Blue Team winning the day!
The teachers receive a well-deserved accolade for all their hard work and dedication.
The children repay their gratitude to them with the performance of songs, poems and speeches, all with impeccable rendition, and in three languages!
Welcoming Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche
Students and staff members greet Rinpoche and his family on their return home to Sakya Academy after completion of Rinpoche's Asian teaching tour.
Under the direction of teacher Dradul la, the children have been practising for months to perform the traditional Tashi Shopa welcome dance for Rinpoche.
Off on a picnic!
It's summer holiday, and the children take it in turns to spend the day at at nearby amusement park, a new and exhilirating experience.
The children first pay their respects to Dungsey Siddharth Rinpoche and Jetsunma Tsejin Lhamo, and then gather around as Michael helps Jetsunma plant a Bougainvillea to celebrate Earth Day. Dungsey Rinpoche performs an impromptu tree-blessing ritual.
First Week of School
Learning the basics.
Our children begin their first journey into the wondrous world of education.
For the younger ones, learning to count and to read and write in three languages is a challenging and exciting experience, while for the older ones an introduction to science, mathematics and general knowledge is a fascinating discovery.
Many of the children have suffered from malnutrition and have come to us with ailments including skin diseases. It is the first time that the newcomers receive medical attention.
11th April 2016
First day of school!
The children are elated as they receive their new textbooks; in many cases these are the first books that they have ever seen.
They spend their day dotingly covering them.
4th April 2016
Our teachers join the school and participate in an English Master Class and an Environmental Workshop, both expertly offered by Michael Weltzer, our dedicated volunteer teacher from the U.S.A.
Excellence in Leadership and Management Workshop
25th March 2017
A group of over 40 people, headed by Khöndung Ratna Vajra Sakya Rinpoche and comprising tulkus, khenpos, and heads of monasteries and associated institutions, took part in a workshop hosted by Sakya Academy. Co-organised by the Khyentse Foundation and the Sakya Centre, the workshop was designed to provide its participants with the key leadership and management skills necessary for a more efficient administration of their respective establishments.
10th January 2016
His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and H.E. Jetsun Kushok visit the Academy and spend three days of peace and quiet at Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche's residence at the school.
Sakya Academy opens its doors to its first students as 130 young monks transfer from Sakya Centre to their new home. They are soon joined by 60-plus children from Nepal.
The Building of Sakya Academy.
A long and challenging process.