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Le Judre: The Law of Cause and Effect

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Le judre (ལས་རྒྱུ་འབྲས་) or the law of cause and effect is one of the most fundamental concepts in Buddhism. Predating Buddhism, it is a concept shared by other Indian religious traditions including Brahmanism and Jainism. However, the concept of karma in the Buddhist tradition differs from that of other religions or the oft-cited claim that what goes around comes around or every action has an equal reaction.

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So that reading culture grows

MAIN STORY: It’s Saturday. The Norzin Lam near the Chubachu roundabout looks deserted after a sudden shower. People walking along the pavement are forced to seek shelter within the towering buildings that have cropped up over the years.

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Risotto Con Gamberetti

IMG_0246 RECIPE: Method Sauté the onions and garlic with a little oil or butter Add in the risotto rice (i.e. Arborio, carnaroli) and cook until translucent Add in the white wine and stir continuously until it is absorbed

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Respect and trust are the best means to protect a relationship

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I’m a 22 year old woman, and I’m planning to get married soon.  I have known my boyfriend for six months and I trust him, but because many of my friends have discovered that their partner has been be cheating on them, I want him and his family to sign a legal agreement that he will not cheat on me. Some friends think it is good idea but others think it is useless. Lam, what do you think? PW, Thimphu

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Euro 2016 and the prediction game

euro cup 2016

MAIN STORY: It was a year ago when Bhutan played its first match with Sri Lanka for the first qualifying round of FIFA World Cup of 2018. It was a proud moment for every Bhutanese. It showed how a game connected every individual transcending boundaries and differences. This year, too, …

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Putting on weight

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Dear Sir, I am eating a lot because I want to gain some weight. Could you please tell me how to gain more weight?  Gyamtsho 

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Tshigdun Soldeb: The Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche


WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: One of the most popular prayers in Bhutan and the Himalayan Buddhist world is the Seven Line Prayer (ཚིག་བདུན་གསོལ་འདེབས་) to Guru Rinpoche, sometimes referred to as the Dorje Tshigdun (རྡོ་རྗེ་ཚིག་བདུན་) or Seven Adamantine Lines. The prayer consists of praise and supplication to Guru Rinpoche in seven lines.

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Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad Recipe: Method Whisk together lime juice, palm sugar, fish sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a jug. Place the tenderloin in a glass or ceramic dish. Drizzle with half the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge, turning occasionally, for 2 hours to develop the flavours.

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Understanding is the key to opening your mind

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am a trainee medical staff (brother) in a hospital, but my parents are against me working here. They think that the work is tough and the salary not so high and they want me to do something else. However, I somehow feel that there is value in the job and so I want to continue. What does Lam think? ST, Tashigang

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