Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Don't Forget the Soap

You play music in the class! It is not uncommon to observe students taping feet, moving bodies, clapping hands, and snapping fingers with the beats of the music. You can also see their lips pretending to sing and synchronize with the song. These are unspoken expressions of interest students have in the music.
The young students of Lhomon Education (LME) at Chokyi Gyatso Institute in Dewathang, Bhutan wrote and performed the song title ''don’t forget the soap'' with the help of Mr. Simon Thomas. The theme for the song is healthy living!

The song composition is a platform for students to consider music as means of learning and sharing their ideas; to learn and experience simple song writing skills; to consider music as fun part of life and also to approach music as an offering in essence and generous in its message and melody.
We would like to thank to Simon Thomas, Gary DysonBrian StevensBrodie Cass Talbott, for your help in production. Watch the video and share it!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The camp ends

‘‘In this materialistic time just to have little interest to look inside, contemplate inside, not getting distracted by outside and really looking inside is very important. It's worthwhile to spend our time and energy in it.’’                                                                                                --- Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

                               Photos and short video clips from the camp 
A week-long mindfulness camp at Chokyi Gyatso Institute, Dewathang ended on the 13th of January, 2018. The camp was an essential platform for introduction and foundation of mindfulness techniques offered to Bhutanese educators and others. Our goal was simply to give everyone a chance to experiment and explore the inner working of their minds so that they may benefit their students, community members, and others through their examples.
The camp was organized keeping intact the tradition of our profound and deep meditation practices from the Mahayana teachings. The camp’s content included meditation practice, teaching about meditation, practice techniques, mindful offering of butter lamps, selection of local agriculture produced, waste minimization, cooking, eating & walking, karma yoga (work as practice) & sharing of experiences. 
The camp was resourced by Chungtrul Jigme Tsheltrim Wangpo of Tharpaling Monastery, Bumthang, Khenpo Tshering of Chokyi Gyatso Institute (CGI) and Dr. Yang Gyeltshen of Lhomon Education. There were 54 camp attendees including organizers: 18 teachers, 3 lopens from CGI, 3 from Youth Development Fund (YDF), 6 civil servants, 3 from Sherubtse College, 2 youths, 3 parents, 9 Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI) youth interns and 7 SJI staff. 
The camp is an integral to SJI's education program (LME) conducted annually, primarily targeted for educators, community leaders, and others in collaboration with Chokyi Gyatso Institute (CGI), Dewathang.

‘‘If the teachers are interested in value of Mindfulness, this is a good sign for the future of Bhutan. If the interest of mindfulness grows at a grassroots level, then we will have hope for our nation. If not, we will become mindless. We will become insane, our country will soon be filled with greed and insanity people.’’                                                                     --- Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche