In 2020, DENER added a new LED light for students in remote Buddhist colleges of China. Buddhist colleges in the mountains often faced power outages during their studies due to insufficient power supplies. Sometimes in order to get enough light to learn, students need to work very hard. So, we chose a dual-purpose LED light. In addition to being used as a flashlight, it could also be used as a small desk lamp for reading. For the students at Buddhist College in the remote mountainous area of China, we hope this light would bring them more convenience. This year we distributed
In the mountainous rural areas, monasteries often bear the heavy responsibility of education in the region.
Some parents send their best children in the family so that they can receive systematic education and training. Some children come from very poor families or are orphans. The primary school monks in these monasteries not only need to learn how to take care of themselves from an early age, but also learn how to care for other people around them.
Through the stationary project over the years, we have been able to forge good karma with these monks in little-known parts of the world. These monks uphold their faith, regardless of the difficulties of the environment, study Dharma and recite ancient scriptures diligently every day with a firm heart.
The Buddhist Academy supported by DENER are both Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism. Among them, the primary monks from Tibetan Buddhism academy, from the age of six to the age of thirteen, followed the formal basic teaching. In general, the students of the Buddhist academy have a strict schedule every day. They get up before dawn at four o’clock in the morning and go for early classes.
Although the Buddhist Academy follows the traditional strict teaching and training methods, it has also added modern educational methods in response to the changes of the times. For example, some monasteries provide medical services to residents in the nearby villages, so monks also work hard to learn medical knowledge and technology in preparation to serve others in the future.
The tuition, living expenses, miscellaneous fees and other educational expenses of Buddhist Academy are derived from the support of various charitable organizations and good-hearted people around the world. Among them, it also includes the salaries of some professors. Therefore, every year, in addition to supporting the monks with stationery and study materials, DENER Children also hopes to continue to support the educational responsibilities of these Buddhist Academy.
Hidden in the deep mountains of Punakha in Bhutan, Buddhist Institute Nalanda had a history of more than four hundred years. Once, Nagarjuna also stayed here for several years, so Bhutanese people regard it as the pure land of Manjushri. Monastery often take on the important task of education for the region. DENER volunteer went to Nalanda in 2016, 2018 and 2019 respectively. Whenever the weather is clear, the vast field of vision could bring peace of mind when looking out from the Institute. The living environment there is very simple. The Buddhist Institute is located in mountainous area, so it
Thrangu Buddhist Academy in Yushu Qinghai, was established in 1945 and has a history of more than 70 years. Through these years, the academy has experienced various difficulties, and it has been in decline for some time. In 1998, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, who was convinced about the need for education, rebuilt the Buddhist Academy. Unfortunately, in 2010, there was a big earthquake in Qinghai and the Buddhist Academy was damaged. After five years of painstaking reconstruction, the Buddhist Academy was officially reopened in 2015. Currently, there are 89 monks study there and it is also one of the Buddhist Academies that
The most touching moment in this Nepal trip were the activities carried with the little monks. In our understanding, we often felt that little monks had left their home and came to the monastery without the warmth and care of their family, and that they would unavoidably feel lonely. Yet what we saw was that little monks studied very hard and had much fun with their friends. They were studious and lovely. It was especially profound to see the little monks playing with their teachers. In my impression, the teacher was always serious and attentive to the students. But here, the
“Never underestimate the potentials of little monk students” September 24th is Bhutan’s “Rain Festival.” This festival means that we would enter a drier and less rainy climate in the future, which is suitable for drying chili, vegetables and fruits to prepare food for winter. Therefore, the meritorious deity of Shepa Village near the Buddhist Academy specially invited the monks to come to their homes to chant sutras and pray for blessings. After following them to chant sutras, I realized the importance of religious belief to local believers and its vital function in calming people’s hearts. I remember when I arrived at
Just give a chance, everything will be possible！ August 26, 2019 was the third time I set my foot on this happy land of Bhutan. Bhutan has a population of approximately 750,000, and 80% of whom believes in Buddhism. Due to wide influence of Buddhism, all houses there use Buddhist totems or colored paintings to decorate inside and outside. There were also large or small meditation rooms at each home. During special festivals, monks would be invited to homes to chant sutras and pray for blessings. This time I went to two Buddhist academies: Sherub Chhoeling Ani Shedra in the suburbs