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Taking Refuge – Chabdro

Why we do what we do: The first Buddhist step on the journey to enlightenment is taking refuge, called śaraa in Sanskrit and chabdro (སྐྱབས་འགྲོ་) in Choekey. It is the most fundamental Buddhist practice which is said to distinguish the Buddhists from others.

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Strawberry Mango Tapioca Pudding

mango Recipe: Method: Stir together the milk, tapioca, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir for five minutes longer

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Contemporary Bhutanese writers look to make a mark

Main story: At a time when literature in Bhutan is flooded with the country’s folklore, urban legends and myths, a handful of authors have been trying to break away from the practise of publishing mostly about the country’s rich oral traditions. Instead they are focusing on contemporary literary works.

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Strengthening neck muscles

Health and Fitness: Dear Acho, I have a weak neck. I wanted to know if they are any specific exercises to strengthen my neck. I’m regularly training my neck at the moment but without any improvement.  -Deimos 

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The Truth of the Path to the Cessation of Suffering

Why we do what we do: The Four Noble Truths no doubt form the most fundamental part of the Buddha’s spiritual system and an ancient strategy for problem solving. Yet, its efficacy and purpose lies in the application of the fourth noble truth, the path to the cessation of suffering (སྡུག་བསྔལ་འགོག་པའི་ལམ་གྱི་བདེན་པ་).

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Readying for a magical Lit Fest

Main story: The time has come yet again for the people of Thimphu to take part in one of the biggest literary festivals to be held in the country. The seventh Mountain Echoes reverberates with the promise of a celebration of not only literature but also of creative aesthetics involving art and culture of the region.

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Blue berry baked yoghurt

recipeRecipe: Method: To make hung yoghurt or curd, put curd in a muslin cloth and let the water drain for about two hours In a bowl add the cream, milk maid, hung yoghurt and honey and whisk to a smooth consistency

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Emptiness doesn’t mean that nothing exists

Youth in Focus: Hi Lam,  I’m not a serious student of Buddhism, but I like to read books and articles on the teachings. There is one thing that comes up often and puzzles me. I keep reading about emptiness and that nothing exists and that even I do not exist. I don’t get it. I can see and touch things, and so how can they or I not exist. Also, what is the benefit of knowing this? Lam, please enlighten me. TZ, Bumthang

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