Monday, March 31, 2014

School Rimdo


A two-day Darla school Rimdo was conducted in Darla MPH hall. The Rimdo, religiously named as Jingsey, the fire rite, was organized by Darla School and was conducted jointly by Darla school and the community of Darla.

The two-day ritual was presided over by His Eminence Tshugla Lopen Samten Dorji.

During the ceremony, various rituals such as lighting of butterlamp, Tshogkhor(Wish fulfilling ritual), purification ritual, Tormas, Jingsey(Fire) and others were conducted.

Bottom of FormBuddhists are nature-worshippers and believe in divinity, the soul and the primordial energy form. Jingsey is one such ritual, which will appease harmful evils and placate death spirits and strengthen life. We perform rituals by offering nine grains like rice, millet, wheat, maize, mustered, etc, flowers, fruits and holy water to their deities.

The celebration was very simple, nature friendly as meat and alcohol items were not served. Students and public were served butter tea, sugar tea, biscuit, and pure vegetable meals on the first day.

Thousand of devotees from Darla and nearby vicinities offer prayers at the annual Rimdo.

On the second day, His eminence graced the place and blessed (Wang) thousands of people. Thousands of devotees and religious minded people, some as far as Arikha and Phuntsholing came to revere.

The Rimdo was performed for the peace and well-being of the Darla family, the community, the King, the country and the people.

The Rimdo was a successful one, and it was due to the worthy efforts and cooperation rendered by all the individuals teachers, principals, students and the community. It wouldn’t have been a lavish Rimdo if it was not a goodwill support from the students’ parents. As informed on Parents -teachers’ Meeting for any kind of donations; many parents credibly brought both cash and kind. Sacks and sacks of ricebags, oil bottles, vegetables, juices, dals, etc piled up in the school store. Thousands of Ngultrum were offered as donation and were collected from the students, parents, teachers’ devotees.  

“Rituals such as this have multiple functions in the family and in the culture,” says one of the Lopens. “It is an effective agent in promoting family health and well-being. Not only that, rituals facilitate the transmission of values and beliefs. Rituals provide support and containment for strong emotions. Facilitation of coordination between individuals, families and communities,” he added.

Rituals are important and useful ways of assisting individuals and families in dealing with transitions and losses, bringing about healing and transmitting values from generation to generation. The effective use of rituals is one avenue of strengthening families and creating an environment where personal well-being is enhanced.

Songs and dances were also performed in the evening to refresh and entertain themselves.

The ritual is being held annually.

Lama Rinpochea

Jingsey in Progress

The Wang
Outside View

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Students waiting for lunch

Our Chief Guests

Torma...A dog and a's not a safe place to be in

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Story Narration by my Son

Story Telling Competition

 My son, studying in class four narrated a story about ‘Two Cocks’ in inter-house Story Telling Competition on 15/3/14. I have uploaded a video here. Story Telling  This is to keep record of his and our life. This story is very popular in Aesop fables.

The story goes like this:

Once upon a time, there lived two cocks. They were not friends.  One day, they said that they will find who was stronger. They both said that they were stronger. So they started fighting. They fought angrily for many hours. One cock was hurt and came down from the top of the house.

The winning cock danced with joy and happiness on the top of the house. At that time, an eagle came over and took him up in the sky.

The failed cock was safe and happy on his luck.

The moral of this story is; do not be proud, it will fall one day.