Progress Report¡¡

Subject: Informed of taking part in Cyber Fair
Time: 2005-10-9
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang
Activity:
This morning, we saw the notice for Cyber Fair on Town and Talent website. We instantly reported this to the headmaster and teachers. The teachers were required to select subjects according to the Cyber Fair¡¯s requirements and prepare to take part in it


Subject: Set our subject
Time: 2005-10-15
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang
Activity:
After a few days of research, we get rid of subjects concerning tourism, nationality, famous person and local special things for their possible similarity to other participants¡¯ subjects. However, our county¡¯s Ta¡¯er Monastery is a valuable relic and treasure of our country and Tibetan Buddhism. It is famous for its magnificent building, characteristic and delicate engraved artworks, Buddha statues, holy items and many other treasures. Its huge store of Tibetan books is precious resource of Tibetan research. It is also well known for its special arts of butter sculpture, fresco and embroidery. Ta¡¯er is the favorite worship place for the pilgrims, scholars and tourists from home and broad. Thus we decide Ta¡¯er Monastery our subject
Subject: Team formation
Time: 2005-10-18
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: We give the students instruction, according to the requirements of Cyber Fair and form our team. Instructing teacher: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang, Tang Liang. Students: Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen.

Subject: Getting a fine team name
Time: 2005-10-20
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: We have a phone meeting today with Tang Liang from Town and Talent company and we decide our team name is Holy Place

Subject: Team meeting
Time: 2005-10-24
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: Memo of team meeting 1. Recognizing the meaning of taking part in the Fair. 2. Discussing website frame. 3. Assigning tasks. Li Yulong is nominated group leader and provide researching material to the teacher in charge weekly.

  Subject: It is interesting though I feel tired
Time: 2005-10-25
Participants: Li Yulong
Activity:
Sometimes I feel tired when I write the reports, but since I join the team I have broadened my mind and learned some interpersonal skills as well as computer utilizing techniques. It is interesting though I am tired.

Subject: Team meeting
Time: 2005-11-2
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: Two weeks have passed, but we get little information. Reason: 1. The tight budget hardly support us to make research in Ta¡¯er Monastery. 2. The students know little about Ta¡¯er Monastery. 3. In winter, it becomes dark when the students go home after school and they can not make research.

Subject: Interview plan
Time: 2005-11-3
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity:
We ask parents and friends for looking for interviewees.
Subject: Measures
Time: 2005-11-4
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang
Activity:
For the above reasons we take the following measures: 1. Contact with employees of local religious department, library and museum and ask them for material and information on Sunday. 2. Looking for information on the internet. 3. Cao Yuanzhang is responsible for getting the information of Ta¡¯er Monastery.
Subject: Interviewing the Zhaxi Longduoqujiacuo a living Buddha in Ta¡¯er Monastery
Time: 2005-11-5
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang
Activity:
For today¡¯s interview, we prepare an outline for interview. Zhaxi Longduoqujiacuo introduces the origin of Ta¡¯er Monastery, Tibetan medicine and source of monks in detail.
Subject: Interviewing Pengmaocaidan, a monk artist and Duojiecairang a senior monk
Time: 2005-11-6
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang
Activity: Yesterday after interviewing Zhaxi Longduoqujiacuo, it was too late to go home and we stayed in a relative¡¯ home living around. Today we interviewed Pengmaocaidan and Duojiecairang and gained some valuable material of butter sculpture, fresco and embroidery, Buddhist debate and Buddhist school degree.

Subject: Interviewing Li Wenchang, headmaster of Dacai village Qianggou Primary School
Time: 2005-11-7
Participants: Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang
Activity: Yesterday we interviewed Li Wenchang. He offered good cooperation and told us everything he knew. And he expressed he was willing to help if we would had any questions later.

Subject: Significance
Time: 2005-11-8
Participants: Li Yulong
Activity: I learned that Tsongkhapa is the founder of Gelug sect of Buddhism and his students strived for the sect¡¯s development. It is significant that Tsongkhapa built Gandan Hall in order to promote his reform.

Subject: Significance 2
Time: 2005-11-9
Participants: Li Yulong
Activity: Nearly in every hall one can see the statue of Tsongkhapa who is believed the reincarnation of Shakyamuni. What makes him so prominent that people remember him forever? I think it is simply because he has kind, philanthropic heart and persistently strives for the unification and development of nation and people. I believe anyone who wants to make achievements must be of confidence and perseverance.
Subject: Never bend to frustration
Time: 2005-11-11
Participants: Li Yulong
Facing with frustration, people generally adopt two attitudes. One is to bend to it. As frustration comes along, some people look for pretexts, for example, imputing poor scores to the difficult questions, accident caused by carelessness to machine¡¯s lousy function. Some feel depressed and desperate and waste their lives in a negative attitude. The other is to struggle against the frustration. Those adopting this attitude are fearless and analyze the reason of failure. They strive to overcome the difficulties and can finally realize their dreams. Beethoven and Edison are good example of this kind. They should be our idols we imitate. Although we come across some difficulties at present, we will spare no efforts to overcome them and successfully complete this project.

Subject: We are living for learning
Time: 2005-11-14
Participants: Zhao Shengxiang
Activity: I believe I can learn a lot by taking part in the project. Usually, I seldom use computer for having no access to it. I feel very pleased proud that I can join the team to build a website. It doesn¡¯t matter if we can get any award and the point is that we can learn something totally new for us. People are living for learning not honor. More important is that I can hand down what I have learned to our schoolmates for the next Cyber Fair.

Subject: Sharing information
Time: 2005-11-15
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: Today we opened a participating account on the website yellowsheepriver.com. In the afternoon, we had a discussion on our progress and shared the information of Cyber Fair and websites for reference. Since it is the first time we take part in the Fair, we have little experience and a long way to go.

Subject: Interviewing Li Zhongde, Director of Huangzhong County Museum
Time: 2005-11-20
Participants: Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: Today we interviewed Li Dezhong and learned Ta¡¯er Monastery¡¯s award system, construction style and prayer ceremonies.

Subject: Long-running benefaction
Time:2005-12
Participants: Zhao Shengxiang
Activity: For a long time, monks of Ta¡¯er Monastery have never give up their benefaction. An article issued by People¡¯s Consultant Committee on Dec.10, 1997 pointed that Ta¡¯er Monastery had attracted 6.8 million yuan, donated 140,000 yuan to disaster areas and 200,000 to schools and poor areas in Qinghai and other provinces. This benefaction is not strange for us, because Town and Talent has done a lot of beneficial things to our schools. And the good deeds encourage us to study harder and harder and contribute to the public and our society. We will carry forward this spirit as much as we can.

Subject: Interviewing Ma Youlu former Director of Huangzhong County Religious Department
Time: 2005-11-27
Participant Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa
Activity: Today we interviewed Ma Youlu who told us something about reincarnation and organization of Tibetan Buddhism. We also know that living Buddha have many titles in Tibetan.

Subject: Summary meeting
Time: 2005-11-28
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: We have a summary of our interviews and what we have got during November and we make a further plan. We all are full of confidence.

Subject: Thinking
Time: 2005-12-2
Participants: Liu Zhanwen
Activity: Time passes so quickly. Yesterday never comes back again, today is soon to be away from us and what we can do is to make best use of it and fully prepare for tomorrow.

Subject: Buddhist debate
Time: 2005-12-4
Participants: Li Yulong
Activity: Debate is a kind of test in Ta¡¯er Monastery. Compared to paper test, debate not only tests for your knowledge but also for your ability of flexible utilizing the knowledge. It is transparent and very special. If a monk wants to achieve higher degree, he must debate with the monk with higher degree. Similarly, as for study a strong competitor deserves respect and you can learn a lot from him. We know there are a lot of schools compete in the Fair and although we may do not have condition as good as theirs and we believe our school can turn out better and better works in the competition.

Subject: More haste less speed
Time: 2005-12-6
Participants: Li Yulong
Activity: More haste less speed is a saying of good reason. Here is an example of mine. Once I wanted to catch one of my favorite TV programs and finished my homework hurriedly. And I made a lot of faults and had to redo it. So we should speed up our tasks in a proper way.

Subject: I want to say¡­¡­
Time: 2005-12-8
Participants: Zhao Shengxiang
Activity: After school, Li Yulong, Liu Zhanwen and I went to interview an old man for history of Ta¡¯er Monastery. When I came home, it was very late and I saw my father waiting for me at the entrance of the alley, shaking and rubbing his hands for coldness. His gray hair reminded me he was over 50. At that moment I was so touched that I rushed to him and said ¡®Dad, I¡­...¡¯ I didn¡¯t know why I didn¡¯t speak out what I wanted to say ¡®I love you¡¯. Now I know this kind of love is needless to express in language.

Subject: Pride of Huangzhong people
Time: 2005-12-16
Participants: Ma Youzhong
Activity: In Ta¡¯er Monastery the engraving art and the butter sculpture contains intelligence of the folk artists and its characteristic construction style has been know in the world. The butter sculpture was brought to Ta¡¯er Monastery in Ming Dynasty. After a long history and the monks untiring research and improvement, the butter sculpture has achieved an extraordinary high craftwork standard. On every 15th day of the first month of lunar year, a butter sculpture display is hold in Ta¡¯er Monastery.

Subject: Introducing Ta¡¯er Monastery to other schoolmates
Time: 2005-12-22
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Ma Guicai, Ma Youzhong
Activity: This afternoon Ma Guicai introduced Ta¡¯er Monastery to other schoolmates. He was a little nervous in his lecture but he finally made it and received recognition and more important he was tempered by this lecture.

Subject: Style of Ta¡¯er Monastery
Time: 2005-12-26
Participants: Ma Youzhong
Activity: In today¡¯s interview, I learn the special constructing style of Ta¡¯er Monastery. The magnificent Huge Silver Pagoda is 11.26 meters high and enshrined with gild-plated statue of Tsongkhapa. The Big Kitchen was built in Qing Dynasty and has five huge crude-iron pots. They can provide tea and porridge for 3,000 monks in grand ceremonies. We can realize the high standard of then iron cast. In addition we also found some beautiful Tibetan knives and decoration.

Subject: Being inspired
Time: 2005-12-28
Participants: Ma Youzhong
Activity: I learned that it is very difficult for the monks to get a degree. Accept for efforts, they also need money. Some monks just get one degree after struggling for a whole life. It reminds me that a lot of successful people have gone through many hard times and never give up. It inspires me that should not lose confidence just because of several times of poor exam performance.

Subject: Summary
Time: 2005-12-31
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: In December, we completed the instruction of Ta¡¯er Monastery¡¯s sites and its three characteristic artworks butter sculpture, fresco and embroidery after referring to books Legend of Ta¡¯er Monastery, Lovely Huangzhong, Holy Place and Holy Ta¡¯er Monastery. From internet we found some information about Tibetan Buddhism. And the team is required to complete interview.

Subject: I wanted to cry at that moment
Time: 2006-1-4
Participants: Ma Guicai
Activity: At noon, we were informed to have a meeting. We thought we had new tasks and felt very excited. At usual time we have no opportunity to make social investigations and learn the history of surround areas. This activity is like a curriculum and we can learn many things about history, culture and ceremonies of Ta¡¯er Monastery. We also learned how to use digital camera and scanner. But at the meeting, we were informed that our teamwork had to be suspended for the term final exams. We felt very sad and disappointed.

Subject: Result of term final exam
Time:2006-1-18
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: Li Yulong, Liu Zhanwen and Ma Guicai are in the first place in their classes the other three students also have good performance. The project has not had any side effects on their study.

Subject: Introducing Ta¡¯er Monastery to the villagers
Time: 2006-2-28
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Li Yulong, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: Today we came to introduce Ta¡¯er Monastery to villagers in Dacai village. Li Yulong was a little nervous in the beginning of his introduction, but he finally made it.

Subject: Reviewing
Time: 2006-3-2
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: We reviewed all the contents of our website and found some faults.

Subject: Taking team photo
Time: 2006-3-3
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: We took picture of our team and the photo was rather our ¡®graduation¡¯ photo. We completed the project after 5 months hard work. Unfortunately, our headmaster was on errand in other place and Tang Liang was in Tianjin and they missed it.
Subject: Completion of the website
Time: 2006-3-15
Participants: Cao Yuanzhang, Liu Fagang£¬Tang Liang, Ma Guicai, Li Yulong, Zhao Shengxiang, Ma Youzhong, Dong Shengfa, Liu Zhanwen
Activity: Today we finally completed building our website and this is the last report. Taking this chance, we first would like to express our appreciation to Town and Talent company with which we would not know Cyber Fair and let alone participate. In addition they offer a lot of support and help for the materials in our website. Secondly, we want to extend thanks to Ta¡¯er Monastery Management Committee, Huangzhong County Museum, Huangzhong County Religious Department for their providing valuable information. Finally, we would like to thank all the villagers, parents, schoolmates and teachers who help link interviewees and give us a lot of support and cooperation. Without them we can not successfully finish the project.


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