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JG Girls Shine at Inaugural Regional Volleyball Tournament

The Jhamtse Gatsal girls’ volleyball team faces Lumla Higher Secondary School. Photo by Nidhi Iyer August 15, 2016 For the last three years, Jhamtse has enjoyed supporting the elder boys of our community at a local volleyball competition celebrating India’s … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from Jhamtse Gatsal!

As he bid us farewell last week, Dr. Frank told us we were “richest place on Earth.” What did he mean? Tenzin Norbu Doctor Frank called us the “richest place on Earth” because our place is so nice and also … Continue reading

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Sports and Cultural Week!

  In early December, Jhamtse Gatsal celebrated its first (annual, if I may offer a humble but I think not unfounded forecast) Sports and Cultural Week. The school was divided into three teams, a schedule of challenges publicized, and the … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings!

In truest Jhamtse ultimately celebratory fashion, all the children of Jhamtse Gatsal (both student and staff) had a festive Christmas extravaganza last week. We spent Christmas Eveternoon painting pictures, pinecones, and everything in between (hands… desks… the math classroom will … Continue reading

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Happy Diwali!

Photos of our bright and lively Diwali festivities by Tenzin Norbu (Class VII): Ornate decoration made of colored powder by the entrance to the new building. The community performing a pooja. Rajib (Kitchen Manager) serving a delicious dinner. Children sitting … Continue reading

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Wedding and a Show

We always have plenty to celebrate here at Jhamtse Gatsal, and this weekend was no exception. The kids performed a remarkable program of dances to honor the visit of five special members of our community, whom we are lucky to have joining us for a few weeks from Jhamtse Canada, and to recognize especially the marriage of Adarsh Mehta and Jeff Jenner.

A local astrologer performed the wedding ceremony, and then the students blew us all away with a spectacular set of songs and dances.

The highlight of the musical program was undeniably the long-awaited Lion Dance, premiering the brand new costumes for which the eighth and ninth grade boys raised an astounding $6,000 through Kickstarter, with great thanks to your generosity. After each song the entire morning, all the young children gathered on the steps eagerly predicted, “Next Lion Dance?” and when Rinchen, Langa, Dorjee, Sangey, Dawa and Raju finally took to the stage, the performance was well worth the wait. The kids were thrilled and enthralled and the adults all speechlessly impressed. After the show, Raju came out to dance with the adoring and exuberant kindergarteners, still wearing his baby lion outfit. Continue reading

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Environment Day 2014

Check this out! So many happy faces totally involved in planting trees, this is the 2014 Environment Day Celebration happening at Jhamtse Gatsal. After planting we had our regular classes, and in the evening at around 4:30 pm we had … Continue reading

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Mountain to Mountain

Here’s some wonderful news from very talented director, Andrew Hinton, after the screening of his movie on Jhamtse Gatsal, Tashi and the Monk, at the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, USA, last weekend. The movie is a product of insightful … Continue reading

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T. G. Rinpoche’s Untimely Passing

Last week the Community, and truly the world (though we recognize that considering that scale, loss is only a temporally and geographically bounded illusion), suffered a jolting tragedy with the passing of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. There is more to say … Continue reading

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Holi Extreme

Yesterday morning, the Class VIII students kicked off the day with some creative writing, prompted to pick one moment from our Holi festivities the day before and add as many details as they could to make it come to life. … Continue reading

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Republic Day Outing

Here in India, we celebrate the 26th of January as Republic Day every year. So, with the grades 5-9 and staff, we decided to go for an outing on Republic Day to Lumla Ground (a place where cultural shows, parades … Continue reading

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New Year’s Celebrations

Welcome 2014! We, the staff and children, had a very special New Year Celebration this time. Every year we welcome the new year in a special way, but this time it was something special. We started the celebration from 31st … Continue reading

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Christmas Friends

This year we played Christmas Friend again at Jhamtse Gatsal. Christmas Friend is a bit like Secret Santa, where we exchange letters for a month before Christmas. All the students, teachers, volunteers and some management played. The good thing about … Continue reading

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Mountain Climbing Excursion

Sangey: On the 30th November we went to hiking on the mountains. At that time I felt very happy because I like to go to the mountains. Heather: The mountain we chose to hike is called Choep Che. It is … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission. Here at Jhamtse Gatsal, we celebrated Thanksgiving by beginning the school day having children in all the classes write about what they are thankful for. There’s now a … Continue reading

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Learning About Compassion for Lha Bab Duchen

Every year we celebrate Lha-Bab-Duchen on the 9th month of the 22nd date of the lunar calendar. It is the day Buddha descended from heaven to the earth. As Lha-Bab-Duchen comes every year, we usually gather together and chant, lighting … Continue reading

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A Special Day in Tawang

Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission. November 21 was a very special day for the children of Jhamtse Gatsal. Several relics (small pieces of bone) from Buddha, on loan from the National Museum in … Continue reading

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A Festival of Light

On November 3, Diwali was celebrated all over India. It is a festival of light because this is the day Lord Rama came back to the capital city of his kingdom after being sent away for 14 years. On this … Continue reading

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Tawang Fest Treasure Hunt

The Tawang Festival is celebrated in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh every year; it is where every part of Arunachal shows their unexplored culture. Arunachal is enriched by very rich culture, but due to lack of transportation and communication with … Continue reading

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Café Nirvana Grand Opening

Vision becomes reality for the members of Jhamtse Gatsal at the opening of Café Nirvana on the 18th of October by the Tourist Lodge in Tawang. We had a small affair with a few Community members and special guests. It’s … Continue reading

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