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Celebration of Losar (Tibetan New Year) at the Surmang Shedra

Celebration of Losar (Tibetan New Year) at the Surmang Shedra

By Lyndon Comstock

To conclude the old year, and prepare for the new one, children at the Surmang Dutsi Til shedra school in eastern Tibet recently took examinations in reading, writing, and arithmetic. A ceremony honoring those who did especially well was attended by hundreds of the children who’ve been attending the school. The best students received khatas, books, and other gifts.

This event marked the start of the Losar (Tibetan New Year) season at Surmang. The children began a three week vacation from school after the ceremony. During this time there will be many activities with their families.

Children taking exams at Surmang Shedra to bring in the New Year

Children taking exams at Surmang Shedra to bring in the New Year

The annual three day Chakrasamvara dance is also held at the monastery during this first period of the new year. Chokyi Senge Trungpa XII Rinpoche led the dance on the morning of the third day, which is a traditional role for the Trungpa lineage. This particular dance is a unique Surmang tradition held in great esteem by the local people, most of whom will attend at least a portion of the dance.

The Shambhala flag and Karmapa dream flag fly above the Losar celebrations at Surmang.

The Shambhala flag and Karmapa dream flag fly above the Losar celebrations at Surmang.

Tibetan girl at the awards ceremony for best students.

Tibetan girl at the awards ceremony for best students.

School children seated on the steps of the Surmang Shedra.

School children seated on the steps of the Surmang Shedra.

Because the area is very low income, the shedra can only operate with our support. It costs $1/day per child to operate the children’s school at the shedra, including two meals each day for the students.

To make either a one-time or an ongoing monthly donation for children’s education at the Surmang shedra, please visit www.konchok.org

The shedra complex with its new paintwork and the former residence of the Trungpas looming above it.

The shedra complex with its new paintwork and the former residence of the Trungpas looming above it.

Photos by Surmang Khenpo

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3 responses to “ Tibetan Children at Surmang Celebrate Losar ”
  1. Marien Jérôme
    Mar 20, 2011
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    I am very happy (praying every night for the developpmement or Surmang monastery and the Shedra) to see all this children at school in the Shedra. I really feel a deep connnection with Surmang and our beloved Chokyi Senge Trungpa XII Rinpoche. May all the children of Tibet study and practice the teaching and path of the Buddha Shakyamuni. I love you all brothers and sisters and children of Tibet.
    Jérôme Golden Water. From Limoges in France closed to Dechen Chöling (where I was this last two days ago for the Shambhala level 2. “The birth of the warrior”.
    Thank you for all the people who give us regular information about our Kingdom in Tibet.

    With lot of of joy and respect. Thank you again. Jérôme

  2. Linda V. Lewis
    Mar 21, 2011
    Reply

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for the update!


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