News - Back to the gurukul
by Life Positive
The ongoing 30-day Gurukul programme
includes a month-long
stay at Dharamsala that includes
meeting and learning from eminent
Buddhist teachers, volunteering in
Tibetan NGOs, living in monasteries
and nunneries, meeting
with HH the Dalai
Lama, and learning
Tibetan art, literature,
music and many
other things. Around
31 students from
across the country
like Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) are
a part of this annual programme.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama graced
the occasion with his serene presence,
discoursing on Shantideva's
A Guide to the Boddhisattva's Way
of Life at the Main Tibetan Temple,
Dharamsala, from June 1 to 4. The
teachings were attended by a hall
full of gurukul students as well as
people across various Indian sanghas
like Nalanda Shiksha.
“The Gurukul programme aims at enriching formal education processes by facilitating inspirational contact with masters of different spiritual traditions, particularly Tibetan Buddhism. This is the 19th year of this programme in Dharamsala where around 300 students have experienced the Tibetan way of life and learning. Also, what could be a better way to keep in touch with the rich Indian tradition of Gurukul studies than this?” says Thupten Tsewang, Director, Administration, Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
To celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Gurukul programme, FURHHDL also organised Gurukul reunion programme for previous students on June 5th, apart from the month-long residential study programme.
The reunion programme saw around 30 alumni sharing their Gurukul experiences with the newcomers as well as film screening of Unheard Voices and Notes to myself by Dev Agarwal, ex gurukul student, encapsulating his experience.
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