Wishing you a happy and joyful new school year – a message from Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche
Dear students, teachers, and all staff of Serkong School,
I wish you an auspicious first day back to school and a very happy new school year in the Tibetan Year of the Iron Ox, 2148!
Many of you have not seen each other for a long time and I can easily imagine the cheerful conversations and laughter now occurring all over the compound. How much I wish I could be with you now!
Over the last year, my plan to visit you did not work out due to the pandemic, which restricted travel to Spiti Valley. Nonetheless, I received a lot of encouraging news from Serkong School: the teachers taking on the challenges and organising home schooling, the students submitting excellent responses to the assignments given, the principal implementing many additional initiatives to develop the school, and the staff maintaining the buildings and the compound. This was all wonderful to hear about!
When I think back to my own period of study as a young boy – well, that was not always easy. There was so much to learn and memorise – too much for my taste at the time! However, there came a time when I experienced joy in learning for the first time. I found the key: joyful effort. After that, everything changed. With joyful effort everything became easy for me and now I am very thankful for each moment I can spend with my teachers or sitting reading scriptures in my room.
For the new school year, let’s support His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in his efforts to protect the climate and environment. Climate change and environmental degradation are real, and they present a great risk. All of us can do something in our own life: in the way we value the natural world and animals, in the way we use our resources – whether it be paper, water, energy, or anything else – and so much more.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you again, hopefully very soon!
Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche
Photos courtesy of Serkong School