Newsletter No 15 - November 2010

 COUDEMAIL and AMTM

are working together for the children of Nepal

Between the 8 and 27 November bring your clothes to any of the 35 Coudémail shops and receive a €10 voucher towards a purchase!

 



AMTM's CALENDRAR FOR 2011

Is now in sale!

Discover these very beautiful photos which are a touching tribute to all those we are helping.   Men, women and children:  so many smiling faces captured during our missions.
Please support AMTM by buying our calendar from our online shop.

 

 

EXHIBITION OF PHOTOS
From DANIEL COLLIN

"People of the l'Himalayas"

 
Private viewing on Saturday 9 October 2010 at
Atelier Z - Centre Culturel Christiane Peugeot
62 av. de la Grande Armée, 75017 Paris, France

Until 28 November 2010


AMTM's XMAS FAIR

On the 5 December UNESCO welcomes AMTM for its annual fair

Bring your friends!
There will be a Buffet, Tombola, Orchestra and a great atmosphere.
We are waiting to show you a film of our missions.
You will be able to meet the Association’s volunteers and ask your questions at the AMTM stall.
The children will be filled with wonder when they see Father Christmas arrive!
Various stalls will enable the grown-ups to do their Xmas shopping
.

UNESCO : 7, place Fontenoy, 75007 Paris

Métro Cambronne.

 

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A FEW UPDATES FROM THE MISSION TO
NEPAL IN APRIL 2010


Buddha Academy :  vegetables for everyone...

Mr Dorjee Namgyal, who is in charge of the Buddha Academy Boarding School, was especially happy to let us visit the school farm, which is a mere 20 minutes away.  They purchased these 1.37 hectares of virgin land a few years ago.  It is a very good investment for the school as the price of land has risen sharply.  From that moment a couple have lived there all year round.  Every week the school bursar comes to keep an eye on things.  During harvest time the school hires labour and the children come to help with the harvest on Saturdays.  They are happy to go into the country at this time.
They grow courgettes, squash , coriander, potatoes, hundreds of kilos of tomatoes each year, rice, runner beans, garlic, sweet corn, Chinese beans and limes.
Potatoes and rice are grown alternately.  In April the potato crop ends and rice is planted before the Monsoons.  (5,000 kilos of potatoes, about 50 kilos a day and 2,000 kilos of rice a year).


WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR A NUN AT THE KUNSANG CHOLING NUNNERY?

Since this site was constructed, the general impression is one of transformation.  After several of the older nuns left we have noticed young nuns arriving and we don’t recognise all their faces.
This is how the nuns spend their day:
Rise at 4.30am.  The nuns remain in their rooms for one hour and practise Ngeundra and  Manjushri  alone.
At 5.30am it’s time to get washed and dressed.
At 6.00am the bell calls them to assemble for the general Puja,. which takes place from 6.00am to 7.45am.  Only the older nuns take part led by the Khenpo.  At the same time the youngest nuns are in the class which is next to the room for the Puja and work on their own.  4 of the older nuns take it in turns to be with the youngest.  Each one looks after these nuns for one week and hands over to one of the remaining three older nuns for the following week.  They teach reading, writing or basic education.
At 7.45am it’s breakfast time.
At 9.00am classes begin again.
From 9.00am to 10.00am the Khenpo teaches the “Senior Class”.  It is a lesson of rituals: playing musical instruments, making tormas, and chants.
From 10.00am to 11.00am it’s Philosophy, which is for the Juniors.  One class of mandalas is for the youngest and the new nuns.
At 11.00am it is time for lunch followed by a break until 1.00pm
Between 1.00pm and 3.00pm it’s an English lesson.
Then from 3.00pm to 4.00pm the Khenpo teaches Philosophy.  This class is open to everyone, but those who already know it are not made to attend.  It is more for the youngest nuns.
At 4.00pm there is a tea break!
At 5.00pm the day ends with the protective practice of the Mahakala, for the youngest nuns.
This pattern continues over five days each week with a rest on Saturdays and Sundays.

Little glossary:
Torma:  small statues made from flour and butter which are used for offerings.
Puja:  is the ceremony of offerings and adoration of the Gods.
Khenpo: is the title used by the Lama of a site.
Ngeundra,Manushri, Mahakala,  are Tibetan Buddhist practices




NIYINGMA WISHFULFILLING INSTITUTE:  Progress in English!

The general impression gained from our sponsorships managers is that things are now more straightforward, the questionnaires are simpler and contact is much easier.

This is probably due to their learning English.  The English teacher is on site for 5 months a year, because of the requirement to renew her visa. When she is present, she teaches one hour a day from Monday to Friday to 3 different levels.
The interviews have revealed that the monks have a good level of English.

 

 






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