Siddhartha School Project


His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa Lama visits Siddhartha School! by Lisa V. Blake
April 27, 2011, 6:52 pm
Filed under: Education in Ladakh, Ladakh News, School News, SSP News, Uncategorized

Siddhartha School was blessed and honored by a 45 minute visit with His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa on April 26, 2011.  It was his second visit to the school and many parents and honorary guests were on hand to welcome him.  The students dressed in very beautiful traditional clothing and presented a cultural show for him.  His visit was a success and the entire school body felt very honored and blessed to have the opportunity to be among the fortunate audience.  Stay tuned for photos from this event, to be posted soon!

Back in the US, Khen Rinpoche Tsetan has been in New York City, Connecticut, and Maine on the East Coast.  In addition to leading several teachings, Khen Rinpoche joined Executive Director of the Siddhartha School Project Lisa V. Blake at Connecticut College for a presentation about Siddhartha School on April 15, 2011.  College volunteer Danielle Plourde who came to work at the school in the summer of 2010 and who was on hand digging out the hospital in Leh with Siddhartha student volunteers after the mudslide organized a wonderful large gathering at her college.  The theme “Himalayan Heritage: The effects of globalization on a remote Tibetan Buddhist community, featuring a talk by a prestigious Tibetan lama Khen Rinpoche Tsetan, who will speak about the importance of cultural preservation and the actions that are being taken by the students of the Siddhartha School to live in harmony with the Earth.” Lisa presented a slide show on the sustainability project featuring the village cleanup, the students in action, and teh Zero Trash Policy crafted by the class 10 girls.  We reached over 60 people, sold many of Rinpoche’s books, and even gained a new sponsor for our project who will hopefully come to the school in 2012.  More updates coming soon!  Julley & love, Lisa   

He is currently in California, where he has led the ceremony celebrating His Holiness the Panchen Lama’s birthday.  This weekend on May 1, 2011 he will join His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the Yamantaka Initiation in Long Beach, CA.



IFBYL distributes aid to Tibetan families worst affected by the mudslides by Lisa V. Blake
October 27, 2010, 11:16 am
Filed under: Ladakh News

On October 22, the International Fellowship of Buddhist Youth Ladakh (IFBYL), led by Tsewang Norbu Vivek, distributed relief items to 34 Tibetan families living in Ladakh, who were affected by the mudslides that occurred in August. Relief items distributed included to each family included: a double quilt, a mattress, a blanket, a pillow, 10 kilos of wheat flour, 2000 rupees cash (given only to the 17 families that were most impacted), an image of the Buddha and a pamphlet explaining the five basic Buddhist moral principles. In addition, the Venerable Dr. Yeshe gave a dharma talk to the families, explaining the Buddhist principles.

Tibetan families affected by the recent mudslides wait to receive relief items



Recent News from Leh-Ladakh by scottcronenweth
September 16, 2010, 1:25 pm
Filed under: Ladakh News | Tags: , , ,

Recently we received an e-mail and photos from Khen Rinpoche’s niece, Tashi. She expressed gratitude on behalf of everyone who has benefited from our donations. Thanks to Vivek and the International Fellowship of Buddhist Youth Ladakh (IFBYL), our efforts have helped hundreds of people of all ages, from remote villages to Choglamsar and Leh.

According to Tashi, the Indian government has announced the creation of a fund for the victims, and has promised to rebuild houses before the winter. But, she goes on to say: “This is India, where this kind of thing never gets done in time, and half the money disappears before it gets to the victims. These promises seem impossible because it’s already September…”

Tashi’s photos document very well the magnitude of the rebuilding process that Ladakhis are facing, and how much work remains to be done. I’ve added captions but the images need no explanation. Click on an image to see it full-size.

Thank you again, everyone, for your ongoing support.

Mud filling storefronts

Mud filling storefronts

Army crews clearing a main road

Army crews clearing a main road

Salvaging belongings

Salvaging belongings

Even major buildings were destroyed

Even major buildings were destroyed

This was part of someone's home

This was part of someone's home