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Alice Project Schools celebrate the birthday of HH the 14th Dalai Lama

It was a great honor for all of us for being part of the huge celebration on the occasion of the birthday of HH the 14th Dalai Lama. All the students , teachers, school managing committee, the school headmaster, the volunteers and every single member of the Alice Project schools was feeling extremely blessed and honored while being the part of this ceremony.


All the students and teacher gathered in the prayer ground of the school, where ceremony started with the lamp offering by the school principal Mr. Awaneesh Kumar Mishra. Traditional Khatas and flowers were offered to the image of HH by the teachers of the school.

The students happily sang the birthday songs and prayers for the long life of HH. Some of the students, who recently have been to Himanchal Pradesh, shared their experience of meeting HH there, and they shared the teachings that they have received from HH during their visit in HP.





A special Long life Puja and feast was organized in the Tara temple which is situated in the school compound. All the students, nuns, the main Genla and teachers happily participated the ceremony and enjoyed the lunch.


We wish a very happy birthday of HH and many returns of the day. We pray for his long life and express our deep gratitude for being so kind to give us his precious teachings.

We hope to see the HH in our school for the fourth time.


With kind respect and devotion
Alice Project team

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Alice project, from the holy land of Kashi to the divine land of Dharamshala-

On June 24, a group of 81 students and 10 teachers left from Sarnath for Dharamsala , an unknown destination and a busy calendar of events lit up the imagination and enthusiasm of the group. For the youngers, which had never left home and had never taken a train, it was an incredible adventure. For teachers, it was a mixed experience of amazement and awareness for a new dream that took shape: a school trip to go to meet HH the14th Dalai Lama in a private audience.


A group picture of the students and the teachers at the Varanasi railway station.

After completing a 33 hours long journey by train which was 6 hours late and a 4 hours of journey by bus finally we reached to Mcleod Ganj , Dharamshala. A mixed expression could be easily seen over the faces of the students, it was true that all of them were exhausted because of such a long journey in the heat of 44 degrees, but at the same time their eyes were shining seeing Mr. Valentino, Ms. Ilaria and our president Mr. Tenzin la, who had done all the preparations / arrangements for welcoming the group in the wonderful place of Dharamshala.
All of us were provided luxurious rooms, where we all got refreshed. After that all the teachers and students gathered to discuss about the next day’s program as we were supposed to visit HH Dalai Lama. we gathered together and a planning for the next day was discussed with the teachers and students as the next day was the day when we had to meet HH. All the students and teachers were eagerly waiting for the night to be over.

Group of teachers meeting with Mr.Valentino

Students relaxing in their rooms



Alice in Wonderland of Dharamshala 2nd day: Private audience with HH

The sun of the next day seemed to be rising very late; every single minute seemed to us as hours. All of us were waiting for the next statement of our president, when is he going to ask us to move to the residence of HH as it was the main purpose meaning of the whole trip. Alice’s group of students and teachers came to Dharamshala especially for this reason: to meet HH the Dalai Lama in private audience and once again participate in the immense gift of his wisdom and blessing.

Students with HH after the private audience


All the faces bloomed up seeing the president ready asking all of us to move. We happily reached to the residence of HH which was full of peace and spiritual energy. As fire puja was already going on, all of us could see the high lamas and monks performing the puja.

After completing the security check ups, all of us could get entry entered in the hall where the audience was scheduled. For more than two hours the teachers, the Headmaster, Valentino and our student boys have silently waited for His Holiness to arrive. Silence not neither built nor forced an anxious, emotional, sincere silence. A silence of respect, of harmony, of complicity of a group formed through years of exchanges and sharing of spaces, time, values and bets.

Finally the time had come; we could see the HH coming slowly – slowly to the shrine. A natural smile could easily be seen on his face. All of us stood up in respect and welcomed him with the chanting of Mantras and Bhajans.

HH started his speech with the importance of time, which is running continuously unstopped. He said “We should use time properly. What is the meaning of using it properly means, younger generation, I think human being, eventually, hopefully, should be more harmonist humanity, helping each other instead of bully or fight. And for that I feel education is key factor. Now including India, so called modern Education, is very much oriented about material values. Not very much intension about our inner value. So whole generation who come through that kind of education has materialistic life. And create materialistic culture. Now in this country , India, thousand year old your rich culture, heritage , including Samatha, Vipasana , before Buddha came, the practice of Samatha , practice of Vipasana, investigation and also some yoga practice , some exercise , before Buddha came all these was already there. Now modern India , I think forgot these things…….”

So there is a strong need of traditional moral and ethical values in the modern Education system. Without this the education is becoming more and more materialistic and our lives are becoming more and fuller of crisis and suffering. All these sufferings are man-made; we are the creators of these sufferings.

“ All the major tradition of world have the same potential to produce good, sensible, compassionate person. So all have the same potential , same message, message of love.”

“Only India’s ancient knowledge have the ability to tackle these emotional problems and crisis. So I am totally committed to revival of this ancient knowledge about mind, strictly secular way. So students who are here think equally modern education subject at the same time ancient Indian Education about mind, about emotion, please pay more attention . ”

Mr. Valentino, Miss. Ilaria , Mr. Tenzin, The school principal Teachers with HH

Then the question answer session started, where the students were welcomed to ask some questions to HH. Some of our students asked unexpectedly wonderful questions to him. One of our students, Malay Kappin Chakma asked: “If whole universe is the projection of our mind, but we cannot image out of the world. So what is the reality, outer one or the inner one?”

Answering to this question HH said: “According to the Indian philosophy especially according to the non-theistic religion, like Sankhya philosophy , Jain and Buddhist philosophy ,life has no beginning, it is begin less and non-Buddhists they say Atman, no beginning. So now the limitless solar system, galaxies, limitless, no limit, there is no end according to the Indian philosophy including Buddhist philosophy , galaxy limitless. The modern scientist they know only one galaxy and now gradually begins more powerful telescopes have developed and now there are more galaxies. Some galaxies are beginning now and some are disappearing. That exactly has been mentioned in the Indian tradition. So how these galaxies to happen? KARMA- What is a Karma? There are two types of Karmas , one mentally, level and one action level. Action level is also related with the mind. So all the galaxies, whole cosmos is ultimately created by mind. “

The meeting was concluded with the song offering ceremony. At the same time the copy of our recent Edition “Manual Universal Ethics Vol- II was offered to HH by the school director Mr. Valentino Giacomin. At the same time a song composed by Mr. Valentino was also offered to Him. Mr Valentino offered a self composed song to HH as well during the conclusion of the meeting.

Alice in the compound of TCV-
The next day our students and teachers were invited for a visit to TCV School. We were welcomed by the Director of the TCV Schools Ven. Tsultrim Dorjee la. We were guided a tour in the entire compound. We saw the classrooms, living rooms, hostels, and met the residential students under the guidance of TCV School president – Mr. Thupten Dorjee La.

A copy of our recent publications were offered to the Director of TCV Schools my Mr.VG.

A copy of our recent publications were offered to the Director of TCV Schools my Mr.VG.
It was very nice for our students meeting these children; they shared their experiences of being in TCV. While our students told them how Alice has made a big change in their lives.

A group photo with the students, teachers and staff of both the institutions ; Alice Project and TCV

Alice Students Meet CTA president Dr. Lobsang Sangay:
The next day was waiting with another surprise for our students and teachers. It was a meeting with CTA president Dr. Lobsang Sangay at Nyatri hall. Mr. Sangay shared many wonderful experiences of his life. Our students were very moved to listen to him, it was very inspiring to listen to him, and how he grew up from a very common family of farmers to the CTA President. After the event he met the students and shared group photos with them.
Expressing himself on his FB account Mr. Sangay says: It is always a great pleasure to host young, bright minds in Dharamsala. Yesterday, I met with students from Universal Education School of Alice Project Schools (U.P.).
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A copy of our recent publications: Manual Ethics vol- I and II were offered to him as well.

For the students it was like a dream come true meeting someone who is a legend, a man of inspiration, with such simplicity and kindness. He was an inspiration for all of them.

A group photo with Dr. Lobsang Sangay at Nyatri hall.

Alice project students enjoying the water fall
During our one week tour, on the 29th of June the students and teachers went to see the famous temple Bhagsu Nag and the great waterfall which is next to the temple.

Students on the way to Bhagsu Nag temple and the water fall.

After paying a homage to the holi Shiva temple , the students sang mantras and Bhajans with deep devotion clapping their hands. Then they started the journey for the geat water fall.

Students seeing the great water fall

Students singing the Bhajans in the cortyard of Bhagsu temple.

Alice visits to Tong Len Charitable Trust
The next day we all went to the Tong Len Charitable Trust. Tong Len is working for the children who are living in extremely poor conditions in the slum areas of the Himanchal Pradesh. We could see that they are doing a wonderful job for helping these children. We were welcomed by the Founder and director of Tong le – Ven. Jamyang Tsering La and a group sharing was organized among the students there and our students. We promised collaboration between the two institutions. And we are happy to share with you that some of the teachers from Tong len charitable trust are going to come soon to our school for a teachers’ training.

A photo with the director of Tong len


Students interacting to each other

Our last destination was the Himanchal Pradesh Cricket Stadium
On the last day of our visit all the students and teachers went to see the Himanchal Pradesh Cricket Stadium and a park which is next to it.

THANKS FOR ALL WE’VE GOT-
Finally we would like to express the gratitude towards our president, Ven. Tsewang Tenzin la whose immense and tireless effort made this dream come true. We have no words to express our gratitude towards him, his loving and caring wife, supportive brother and of course his son. All of them have been were very kind to help, guide and support to us. We organized a ‘Thank You’ party on the last evening of our tour in honor to the whole family of our president and him. We cut the cakes, sang songs and expressed our deep gratitude to him and all the family member who were so kind, caring, loving and full of enthusiasm to help and support us.

We conclude our newsletter leaving you with these happy faces. We hope you will love it. Soon we will be back with new updates.

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To  all the friends and supporters of Alice Project ,

due to the fire last year was lost our mailing list . Some names have been recovered but others have been irretrievably lost .

For those who would like to receive the usual Christmas letter in hard copy , please send an e - mail to
luiginadebiasi@libero.it with :

Subject : Address for Christmas letter

Name, address , postcode .

Thank you for your continued support .

Luigina De Biasi
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Una brutta notizia: la mia stanza, quella di Luigina, la cucina dei residenti, l’ufficio attiguo, documenti, libri, alcuni risparmi… tutto e’ andato distrutto a causa di un corto circuito, questa notte. Per fortuna, tutti i bambini residenti che si trovavano nell’ostello sono salvi. L’incendio e’ scoppiato verso mezzanotte. A dare l’allarme, Luigina che si e’ salvata per miracolo. E’ stata svegliata dal calore del tetto che bruciava. Era ormai troppo tardi per cercare di salvare qualcosa. Bisogna dire che il nostro vivere “povero” ha aggravato la situazione. Infatti, il tetto delle nostre stanze era di paglia e ondulati. L’incendio si e’ propagato in poco tempo. Inutile ogni tentativo di spegnere le fiamme. Il generatore che avrebbe potuto attivare la pompa dell’acqua era non funzionante a causa dell’impianto elettrico andato in tilt. A poco sono serviti i secchi d’acqua portati dai bambini. Anche i vicini hanno tentato di aiutarci, ma erano troppo distanti dalla scuola. I vigili del fuoco sono arrivati dopo un’ora, giusto per spruzzare l’acqua sulle macerie. Un incidente annunciato. Infatti, da due mesi le monache del Tempio di Tara stavano pregando su suggerimento dei nostri Lama, che avevano “visto” pericoli gravi per le nostre scuole. Per questo, avevamo messo in sicurezza alcuni documenti importanti (relativi alla proprieta’ del terreno) e fatto una assicurazione, che servira’ a rendere meno grave il bilancio dei danni. Dunque, poteva accadere di peggio. Mettiamola sul positivo, anche se domani sara’ un giorno davvero triste, quando, alla luce del sole, si “conteranno” i danni e si cerchera’ tra le macerie qualcosa risparmiato dal fuoco. Luigina e’ rimasta solo con la vestaglia che indossava mentre era a letto. Io mi trovo a Bodhgaya, per fortuna, perche’ il fuoco sembra si sia sviluppato proprio dalla mia stanza. Non avrei avuto scampo. Chi conosce dove vivo sa che cosa voglio dire. Che dire? E’ troppo tardi per … pensare ed esprimere dei giudizi e delle emozioni. Meglio rimandare a domani.

Valentino

Bad News: my room, Luigina’s one, residents’ kitchen, offices, documents, books and savings… everything’s gone destroyed because of a short circuit, tonight. Luckily all the children and the residents of the hostel are safe. The fire occurred at midnight. It was Mrs. Luigina to give the alarm: she woke up because of the heat of her bed burning. It was already too late to try do something. Moreover the “poor” structure conditions of the roof made the situation more dangerous: our roof was composed by straw and metal sheet. The generator, which could help fighting the fire by activating water pumps went haywire. Water buckets used by our children were not enough. Also our neighbors tried to help us, but they were too far from the school. It was an accident waiting to happen: our Lamas “saw” dangerous things for our schools and two nouns were already praying for us. Our most important documents, such as land properties and our insurance – which will help us in reducing the damage – were put in a safe place time ago. Something worst could happen. Let’s look forward, even if tomorrow we will count the damages of the fire through the ruins, with the hope that we could still find something not destroyed by the fire. Mrs. Luigina only has a gown now, everything’s gone burnt. I am actually in Bodhgaya, fortunately, because it seems the fire started in right I my room. I wouldn’t have had any chance. Those who know where I live know what I mean. What to say? It’s too late to try to… to think and to express judgments and emotions. Better to send back to tomorrow…

                                                                                                                                                Valentino

 

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Cari amici e care amiche di Alice,

Questa lettera segna un evento speciale: vent’anni fa partì lavventura di Alice.

Grazie per il vostro sostegno.

Newsletter_Natale_2014

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THE PEDAGOGY OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

“Dear friends,
this newsletter is the result of an autonomous attempt by people that work in the office to
prepare a summary of the news in recent months. I preferred not to interfere in the choice of the
information to be reported, and photos as well. I think it’s the only way to make people responsible and
self-reliant. The next newsletter will certainly result better, less redundant, emphatic, long-winded (in
some subjects). I always argue that an educational institution should encourage maximum creativity and
the responsibility of the guests, to avoid the dependency syndrome (who are familiar with our mothers
in Italy, struggling, often with adult children still not self-sufficient ). Recently, an Italian psychologist,
voluntary, marveled herself that boys and girls of the hostel were “too independent”, with no full-time
staff following them. I asked her to let me know what it was, in reality, the problem: “There’ s the risk of
wasted food when they cook” she said.
“It ‘s true. But they cook their own breakfast, lunch and dinner, and no one complains. How much cost
the two cooks who had up to a year ago?” And then: “The residents are in need of staff to assist them.”
“In their villages are accustomed to being alone in the house all day, with responsibility of younger
brothers and sisters while parents work in the mountains …’ Why should I, as I say, regress them?
Without counting the cost of personnel and the difficulty to find qualified people for this role. It’s better
to educate guests to be totally responsible … “. One last note about this useful conversation: “How
many people work in the specialized care facility where you were employed?”. “Five professionals.” “For
how many guests … difficult?”. “Ten.” “Average wage?” “Twelve hundred euro.” I made a quick
comparison with our residents: 80 guests assisted by two or three people (and not full time).
With wages and contributions of the staff of that structure we could support the entire project of Alice
for a year (30 teachers, 800 students, 80 residents …). Miracle and benefits of … pedagogy of
responsibility.”
Valentino Giacomin

Continue…

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Hello Friends of Alice, the site has recently been updated, and if you want to read the news the past few years, you will find them stored in the page “PRESS & NEWS” in the section “NEWS – ARCHIVE” at the following link.
Thank you all for your support!

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