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…

David goes to sMenri Monastery (Part 2) We slept in until about 7:30 Sunday morning. Gyaltsen picked us up in the car at 8:20, took us to Nyima Dakpa Rinpiche’s apartment. We were then taken to see His Holiness, the Abbot of sMenri. His Holiness received us first in his prayer room; it turned out…

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