Wednesday, May 20, 2015



Title: No Time For Complex BUDDHISM- A book review

Author: Tulku Jamyang
No Time For Complex BUDDHISM is a basic understanding on Buddhism. Tulku Jamyang describes about Buddhism in a simple context. In this book he tells what is Buddhism? Who is Buddha? The brief history of Buddhism, symbols, Gods, basic definitions on Buddhist practices, etc.
Tulku describes that Buddhism is not simply a theory but a practical way. Through practice of Buddhism one can gradually overcome negative states of mind and develop positive states. He writes, “Buddhism is an antidote for mental and physical illness.” We all have the potential to become Buddha but our minds are covered with negative states. To become Buddha one has to clear all the negative states of mind.
Tulku aslo clears the people’s misconception of Buddha and Prince Siddartha Gautama. While Buddha is a person who is awakened from all confusion and Prince Siddartha is just one of many Buddhas.He was the founder of Buddhism. Normally people take the word ‘Buddha’ as Prince Gautama.
Tulku writes, “To overcome the eighty four thousand negative states of mind the Buddha taught a total of eighty four thousand teachings.” Buddhism teaches us to tame our mind to keep it in peaceful state through practice of mediation.
“We must understand the difference between momentary bliss and true happiness. Momentary bliss only occurs from our likes and wishes that are ever changing and fleeting long term happiness comes through performing important tasks for others as well as improving ourselves.” – Tulku Jamyang

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Little Teachers

Beautiful Girls and Handsome boys
Naughty though my lovely guys
Sometimes furious, sometimes friendly
I am with you always jolly.

Tauchu, Aza Lam, GB and frog jump
All was there to lift you to ramp
We are together for two years and a half
Sometimes you cry and sometimes you laugh

Tall, short, thin and fat,
We have been like cat and rat.
Many a times you brought me a problem
Gave me a lesson so no problem

You have been my little teachers
Making me more than just a preacher
Thank you my dear lovely children
You have made my life in wonderland.

Completed 02/06/014
Time 1:30 pm

Place: V A Sengdhyen LSS.


***Tauchu, Aza Lam, GB and frog jump are the different types of punishment.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hi, I am  Blue and somewhere there in blue,  I love my pink. I said sorry for many a times, she said the same to me. Sorry has been our conversation topic for long. I know she still loves me and I love her more. I decided her as my soul mate on 16th June 2012 and was happy to know that we are for each other forever. But there are people who don't want to Blue and Pink together. Someone else too wants to be with pink, he writes me lot to disturb our relation. I wanted to hear that from her and she finally did tell. I was hurt a lot, a very much but I knew she too was hurt the other side of the mountain. I always waited for my Pink.
Finally when the black cloud is being cleared,  the strong wind is trying to make my Pink away from Blue.
There are thorns in our life. If we walk alone on this journey more thorn will come along. If we walk together no thorns can come our relation. Though I am already married to you on 16th June 2012 as a soul moreover,
WILL YOU MARRY ME again PINK!

From your BLUE.



Three days away from School

No work, no noise, no complains, no books....etc.
However, my mind is still not in peace. I am on leave for three days yesterday, today and tomorrow. I had a dental appointment in JDWNRH today. My appointment is over and i am already thinking when will reach back to school because my mind is not in peace. It is because this Saturday I have to declare the Block Test IV result and as soon as I reach back to school I have to collect the CA and prepare the results. I wish i had brought some work here so that i could do it here today. Today I have no work and feeling very bored, no work, no friend. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Worst Day For Brazil

With Germany 5-0 Brazil in first  half, it has become the worst world cup for Brazil. The Brazilian became mentally week when Germans scored one goal after another. Brazil who is the favorite of many football fans being a five time World Cup champion  and was expecting for the sixth this time is going to make the worst history for themselves in the World Cup.



And it did happen so, 7-1. Luckily, Brazil at least scored 1 in the last minute to safe nil.   Sad for Brazilian fans.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Idea of Education


What I am today is the product of education which I got not from the school but from my family, relatives, friends and teachers. I do not remember what I studied in the school but the values and the abilities I have is the outcome of my good education. Though I might not have got a good content knowledge but I am proud that I have a good education. As stated by Albert Einstein, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”, the real goal of education is not necessarily the mastery of the subject matter, but mastery of one’s person. The aim of education should be to develop a life-long love for learning.
The love and care I got motivated me to learn everything with interest and understanding. I might not remember the exact words, the poems and the stories taught but the impact of the moral has turned me to be loving human being. These values have encouraged me and I have come up with my own principles of life among which helping the needy is prior to all.
As Montagu brings out the point “we don’t understand that we need to grow up into children and not adult”, I feel he is very true. The amazing qualities of the children are to be preserved by all.  Children are capable of learning anything, what they need is just the appropriate environmental condition. They are always curious and wonder of anything that happens in the world. We should give them enough love and support for their interest to learn. Every man is born great, only that they do not retain their greatness when they grow big. An adult resists the kid in him and eventually kills it, the most perfect gift of nature, so that he might fit well in the system of his so-called civilized society. Rather we should always be like children and preserving the traits.
During my apprenticeship I had a student who was looked down by the school, society and even her own family. Digging her history, I found that she was once the topper of the class. Some unfavorable circumstance made everyone look down upon her hence her self-respect was diminished, hampering even her academic performances. I was friendly with all my students sharing love and care for them and I used this to drive them forward and inspired them to become the best they can be. I think this behavior of mine made her comfortable and one day she asked me if she can call me brother. Thinking to change her life, I tried my best to be a good brother, and still in the process, counseling and helping her out of this circumstance. I make calls and ask about her to her present teachers and found a vast change in her. Every child has an individual difference which we as a teacher should identify and help them to be a loving human being.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child”~George Santayana

Sunday, August 21, 2011

THE ADVENT OF MODERN EDUCATION IN BHUTAN


The origin of modern education may be traced to the advent of First World War. In 1914, when the world was embroiled in the 1st World War, 46 boys from Bhutan were enrolled in Dr. Graham’s Homes, a Scottish mission school in Kalimpong.
The foundation of education based on western model of schooling using western language as the medium of instruction began in the same year when Gongzin Ugyen Dorji was asked by the Royal Government of Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuk to establish a school.Bhutan’s first school was inaugurated in Haa the same year with teachers from the Church of Scotland mission. In 1915 another school was started at the King’s palace in Bumthang. By 1919-20, there were 21 students studying in Bumthang and 28 in Haa.
Western Education (source http://www.bhutan2008.bt/en/node/200)

Four students from the Scottish mission school reached the Indian University entrance standard by 1920. GongsaUgyenWangchuck also requested the British to assist Bhutan in providing education and training in India and in the field of primary and higher secondary education. Thus, between 1924 and 1929, a few selected Bhutanese who had passed the matriculation examination were imparted training in different institutions in India among whom two of them were trained as teachers at the Training School at Bhagalpur and many others were offered for doctors, veterinary doctors ,in weaving, tanning, mining, engineering and forestry. Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck wanted these students to be trained in different technical fields after their matriculation so that their services could be utilized for initiating economic development in Bhutan.

Though the Western-style education was introduced to Bhutan during the reign of UgyenWangchuck (1907-26). Until the 1950s, the only formal education available to Bhutanese students, except for private schools in Ha and Bumthang, was through Buddhist monasteries. Education gained momentum from 1950s when several private secular schools were established without government support, and several others were established in major district towns with government backing. The introduction of modern education toward the end of the 1950s opened a new chapter in the history of learning and scholarship in Bhutan. Although there is no denying that improvements were also made in other facets of living such as health, agriculture, communication, trade, transport, governance, etc., progressive changes in education were far more dramatic and far reaching. Educational means, including the number of academic institutions, teachers, students and the rate of literacy have increased since 1959 by leaps and bounds, affecting all sections of society. By the late 1950s, there were twenty-nine government and thirty private primary schools, but only about 2,500 children were enrolled. Secondary education was available only in India. Eventually, the private schools were taken under government supervision to raise the quality of education provided. Although some primary schools in remote areas had to be closed because of low attendance, the most significant modern developments in education came during the period of the First Development Plan (1961-66), when some 108 schools were operating and 15,000 students were enrolled.

This rapid development in modern education has brought about unprecedented changes in the social, cultural, political and economic structures, and has in particular revolutionized the education system.
Modern education is generally aimed at humandevelopment and improving living conditions in this world. Veryoften, it is for the purpose of obtaining happiness and material comfortfor oneself.

The purpose of education at that time was that Bhutanese people would:
1.      Become literate and knowledgeable.
2.      Acquire skills to use technology through literacy.
3.      Increase productivity and then their income.
4.      Imprve living standards.
5.      Easily communicate with people of other lands.
6.      Participate effectively in development programmes in the country, and
7.      Safeguard the sovereign, independent status and the unique identity of the nation.


 
Questions

1.     Why were the private schools taken under government supervision during the late 1980’s?
2.     Describe in your own understanding about the modern education.
3.     Write a short note on the advent of modern education in your own words.
4.     What were some of the purpose of education in our country in 1960s?
5.     What is the difference between the western education and the modern education?
6.     “ By the middle of 1970s, the so called third wave of civilization was already rolling in, bringing with it the microchip technology”
What could be the challenges posed by the third wave of civilization to the education system?