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Lung Authorisation and Transmission

The culture of giving lung (ལུང་) or authorisation and oral transmission is very popular in Bhutan and the Himalayas. A religious teacher would often read out the scriptures for months in order to pass down the transmission of the teachings and give authorisation to study and teach the scriptures. Lung …

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Be aware of the situations that cause mood swings

I am easily affected by others’ words and this makes me very moody.  Even a negative comment about something I posted on Facebook can put me in a bad mood for days. On the other hand, I’m really happy if I am praised. I don’t like being so much at …

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Dadar Arrow Scarf

Bhutanese homes usually have a shrine room in which a common artefact one finds is an arrow with scarves of five colours attached to it called the dadar (མདའ་དར་). The ceremonial arrow is used for the rituals of gathering and enhancing long life and wealth. The officiant of these rituals …

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Jangchubsem Thought of Awakening

Jangchubsem (བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་) or Bodhicitta in Sanskrit is the thought of enlightenment or awakening. It is a desire to take all sentient beings, leaving no one behind, to the ultimate state of happiness, which is Buddhahood. Bodhicitta is considered as the essence of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Just as taking refuge is said …

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Zhanag Black Hat Dance

The Zhanag (ཞྭ་ནག་) or Black Hat dance is one of the most popular sacred cham dances without mask seen in Bhutan and other parts of the Buddhist Himalayas. Named after the black hats which the dancers wear, the dance has a deep spiritual significance and is performed as an act …

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Contemplating the Four Noble Truths

Lam, I’ll be travelling to Bodh Gaya and Sarnath in November, and I am interested to know more about the Buddha’s first teaching – the Four Noble Truths.  How should I contemplate them at the sacred sites?  Pilgrim, Thimphu Well, soon after the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya he …

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Discipline – an antidote to sadness

I am a guy in my mid-twenties. I have a close family, and money is not a problem, but I feel depressed most of the time. I have tried to cheer myself up by going out with friends, but it doesn’t help. I don’t feel suicidal or anything, but just …

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Trhuebab

The Trhuebab (ཁྲུས་བབ་) festival is an important cultural event in Bhutan, observed mainly in the eastern districts. It literally means the descent (བབ་) of blessed water (ཁྲུས་) and refers to the blessing which falls on the waters on earth. The festival is neither a celebration of the rainy season nor …

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