Reflections from Beth Korczynski, Tergar International Director of Philanthropy

Tergar School Kathmandu is one of the most joyous places that I have ever experienced. And, to be honest, it’s more than a school. It’s a home, a learning center, a community, a family. The young students come from all different regions of the Himalayas—from as far west as Mustang to as far east as Solokumbu. The students, staff, caregivers, administration, and support team were full of smiles and exuded a palpable sense of happiness when I visited recently. 

As a visitor, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming, filled with mutual respect between students, staff and teachers. The members of this community treat each other like family, sharing their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears.

My experience of the curriculum of the school was really impressive. The students were learning  disciplinary subjects like math, science, language, and social studies, as well as unique Buddhist principles and practices, all taught in an integrated and experiential approach. The level of integration was remarkable. 

I was fortunate to be there on the day that Mingyur Rinpoche consecrated the new shrine room. It’s a warm and welcoming room filled with natural light. The natural wood surfaces add to the feeling of warmth and light. The floor is covered with cushions for sitting meditation. How nice for the children to meditate in a space like this!

The young students are clearly thriving in this supportive and nurturing environment. They are happy, healthy, confident, and curious. They are eager to learn and grow, both academically and spiritually. They are also grateful for the opportunity to study at the school, which is funded by generous donors from around the world.

I am glad that I had the chance to visit this school and witness its amazing work. I hope that more people will learn about this project and support its mission to provide quality education and care for students across Nepal and beyond.