Thrangu Rinpoche established SMD School to help Himalayan children preserve their own language, their culture and their Buddhist way of life. He encourages our students to go into education and healthcare—both sorely lacking in the mountains of Nepal.
And, another triumph! Pasang Lhamo Lama B017 is leaving us to work on a degree in Public Health. She writes:
“Subject: Thank you for everything.
It’s been almost 14 years since I became part of SMD family. During those years I learned so many things which helped me to become who am I today. Sadly, the time has approached for me to leave SMD. As the saying goes, meeting and parting are part of life. The time passes so swiftly when I am here in SMD school. It has been the safest and most comfortable home all because of the love and affection and because of the bodhichitta of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche which inspired the whole SMD family.
I can’t imagine my life if I’d stayed in my village. I would probably be mother of three kids and working hard in the fields as a subsistence farmer. My mind would be blank, without any knowledge and I would be unable to distinguish between right and wrong. When I came to Kathmandu when it was time to enroll in SMD school everything shocked me a lot because I had never seen such things in my life such as vehicles, big buildings, and crowds.
I am so very thankful since I didn’t have to face those hardships living in my mountain village and my mind got transformed over here. I was able to help my community after I graduated from Grade 10. I went back to Lho in Nubri and volunteered as a teacher for a year. Now I have a degree in general medicine—after a three year course, I am a paramedic. I believe I can give more community service in the near future because I am keeping my root lama Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s aim in my mind and heart forever.
I would like to thank you, Thrangu Rinpoche, my sponsors and the SMD family.”