David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 10) Nyima, Jason and I we went to the BCH about 12:30. The caretaker, Mr. Lodu, had purchased the special meal ingredients, and the students were excited to have it. We visited the small children’s dining room first, watched them be served, then hold up their bowls and sing…

David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 9) Nyima, Jason and I went down to the BCH in the afternoon. We met with Kelsang, the secretary; Phontsuk, the sponsorship coordinator; and Tsering Dorje, the accountant. This was their chance to tell me in more detail the problems and challenges they face. They have made great progress,…

David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 8) When asked what they would like to see improved at BCH, two students mentioned they would like to have a computer lab. There are one or two computers at the administrative office, and one or two in the school, but no lab where they can practice computer skills….

David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 7) After lunch, I asked Rinpoche to arrange a meeting with six of the senior children of BCH. We had hoped to be able to do a Skype live session with the children, so the sponsors could interact with the children, but partly because of the internet problems, and…

David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 6) We were treated to a presentation by the children. They performed a variety of songs and dances, from Tibetan folk songs and more popular songs, to Nepali modern songs, to a Bollywood dance routine that was the clear favorite of the group, up to a male soloist rendition…

David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 5) We toured the medical center where there is a full-time nurse to handle first-aid and other “minor” procedures. I spoke with the nurse and discussed how I was impressed with the increased level of general basic hygiene. During my first trips I saw that the children all had…

David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 4) While meeting in the administrative offices I learned that not only have the BCH children scored highly in the recent academic competitions, but the day before they had gone to Chandighar and competed in a track and field competition where 500 schools from all around the area were…

David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 3) After our audience with HH, we went down to the BCH. The entire village of Dolanji is built into the side of one of the foothills of the Himalayas, a steep hill or mountain. The monastery is nearly at the top of the mountain. The guest house is…

Deborah Gilmaker July 13, 1957 – September 8, 2014 Our longtime friend and tsogme member, Dr. Deborah Gilmaker, transitioned to the Bardo on September 8, 2014 of natural causes. She was a dedicated bonpo, a beloved member of the Yeru community, an accomplished healer, groundbreaking acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner, and faithful friend. She was a…

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