2017

21st December 2017

Art Exhibition

The children showed the best of their talents, displaying works that included a true-to-life portrait of Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, an arresting rendering of a fierce deity, and a remarkable maquette of Sakya Academy.

Everyone made the school proud.

23rd November 2017

Amitayus Long-Life Puja 

for His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin

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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

Children's Day

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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.

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6th November 2017

Sports Day

 

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.

(Click  here to watch the slideshow)

21st September 2017

Amitayus Long-Life Puja

for His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin

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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

Teachers' Day 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

2nd April

Founder's Day

In celebration of Jetsunma Tsejin Lhamo Sakya's birthday

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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.

 

10th March

Enthronement Ceremony

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His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin

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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.