Posts Tagged "Tibetan"

Lekshey Norchung Tibetan Dance

We wanted to share some of the beautiful traditional dances that the kids do for special occasions. With so little bandwidth available for uploading stuff though, we've knocked the quality of these down quite small to save space..... :( And actually, that is going to be the case with any videos going forward while we are here. We promise to go back and replace them with their higher-quality versions as soon as we are back to somewhere with better internet, though. Enjoy. This is a Tibetan dance called Lekshey Norchung, and this is the kids of classes 7, 8 and…
Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama

Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama

Our Community usually finds any excuse to celebrate with dancing and music and good food. In fact, we were here another year [oops, sorry, the link will work when I get all the old content back up] for a rockin' big party in his honor. This year, though, it was decided to spend the day doing meditations and generally having a more calm and spiritual celebration of His Holiness' 78th birthday. Here is a nice picture of Kai being really good and quiet during the prayer sessions. ;) One of the upper class Gatsal students did a nice write-up on…
Tawang Monastery Up Close

Tawang Monastery Up Close

I wanted to do a separate gallery post of some of the pictures I took on our fieldtrip. I warned you -- I like looking at the designs and textures of things, so these are mostly close ups and detail shots of the wall murals and other decoration at the monastery. Some beautifulness, no?
Just Finished Reading…

Just Finished Reading…

The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography by Tetsu Saiwai Complete with the expected visual sound effects, this graphic-novel-esque story about the Dalai Lama's childhood and life was quick to read and really cool! Kai even liked reading parts of it with me. Did you know that his full name (given to him when he was 5 years old and officially acknowledged as the spiritual leader of Tibet) is Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso? It means "Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom." He's had quite a life, and the story of the…
Class Fieldtrip

Class Fieldtrip

We tagged along with the Class 5 and 6 fieldtrip to Tawang a couple weekends ago. (A couple of the kids talked about it here, on the JG blog.) Besides everyone getting brain damage and puking all over the place from riding in the closed-in back of a fumey truck for 2 hours each way (except me & Kai -- we claimed 1/2 a seat in the cab)...it was a lovely trip, and fun to go somewhere with the kids. We visited the old Tawang monastery, Urgelling Gonpa -- the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, and Manjushree -- a…
Tibetan Prayers

Tibetan Prayers

Here's some beautiful audio of the kids chanting in a recent prayer session. Head over to the Gatsal News Blog if you want to read more about it.
Snow Lions and Smooches

Snow Lions and Smooches

A special day with traditional dance performances here at JG. Kai LOVED the snow lion dance. He was quite disappointed to be whisked into the prayer hall, only to find kids coming out of the furry costumes. But he came back with a lipstick-smooched face, courtesy of one of the other dancers, so it couldn't have been all bad. :)
Snoozin’ on the Job

Snoozin’ on the Job

Kai's like an old pro at these many-hour stretches on an airplane. After 2+ days of flying and airports, you still wouldn't guess that it was his first time. What a trooper! Our journey was pleasant enough... so Virgin Atlantic decided to throw a little twist in the story and lose ALL our luggage. Oops. And, oops, we forgot to take any more pictures until we were halfway into the Himalayas! Let's give you a rare telling about that handful of days instead. :) We arrived in Delhi early enough on Monday to waste a couple more hours at the…