Department of Language Education of the College organized a webinar on “The Good teacher and Process of Writing” on the 14th of April 2021, as part of guest lecture series planned for the spring semester.
Dr. Karma Phuntsho, a renowned scholar in Buddhism, Tibetan & Himalayan Studies and Bhutan was the guest speaker.
In his talk, Dr. Karma Phuntsho expressed, Buddhism is not a religion rather an education. And in Buddhism, there are different references of a teacher- Khenpo, Lama, Lopon, etc. He also stated, there are three kinds of teachers in the Buddhist tradition: Buddha- a teacher with abilities to teach in multiple languages; Arhat- enlightened being who can read the minds of the audience; Pandita- who educates oneself and uses his best judgement to measure the minds of the audience. Dr. Karma Phuntsho emphasized that the teacher is the most important figure both from the religious as well as the educational perspectives.
In his talk, Dr. Karma Phuntsho also shared his personal and academic experiences in the field of writing. He advised the participants on many aspects of writing and specifically highlighted the need to share one’s draft work with others for feedback and comments. He further mentioned that people in our society usually get frustrated when they get negative feedback for their works however, it should be taken positively. Dr. Karma Phuntsho narrated his ordeal of getting his writings rejected many times and how these rejections and failures to publish made him stronger. He further suggested getting the writings published in reputed publishers. “Everyone can write. Expressing in writing is the only key to be a good writer”, concluded Dr. Karma Phuntsho.
Dr.Karma Phuntsho has published several works including eight books, translations, book reviews and articles on Buddhism, Bhutan and Tibetan Studies. He is the founder of the Loden Foundation and Shejun Agency that researches and documents the cultures of Bhutan.
Reported by Prem Singh Limbu (Final year Bio/Che).