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Best ways to “sculpt” arms

HEALTH AND FITNESS: What is the best exercise to tone and shape one’s arms? What kind of equipment should one use if one is at the gym or at home?  Tashi, Thimphu.

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Nyingma Gyubum

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Nyingma Gyubum (རྙིང་མ་རྒྱུད་འབུམ་) or the Collected Tantras of the Nyingma School is a canonical collection of esoteric tantric texts which are mostly left out of the bipartite Himalayan Buddhist canon of Kagyur and Tengyur.

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Putting media apps to good use

MAIN STORY: In 2008, the country saw a lot of changes that will be remembered in the Bhutanese history. His Majesty the Fifth Druk Gyalpo was crowned, the first ever elections for the National Assembly took place beginning the rule of democratically elected government, and the Constitution was endorsed and signed.

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Act as you’d around any other human being

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My question is a little sensitive.  I recently discovered that one of the people I work with is HIV positive.  I try to act normal around him, but I feel nervous.  I don’t want to use the same cup or even touch the things he has used. My wife is also scared and asked me to transfer to another office. I think I am over-reacting, but that doesn’t make me calmer. Could you advise me? How should I act around him? Nervous, Thimphu      

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Craze among urbanites to stay fit and healthy

MAIN STORY:  It’s a new year and there is so much to look forward to. Some swore to quit smoking; others kicked their drinking habit. But the most common habit change that majority of the urban population adopt as their New Year resolution is fitness routine.

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Benefits of skipping

Health and Fitness: I have recently started rope jumping (Skipping) besides running. How effective is rope jumping to reduce weight? How often should I do that in a day for best result? Are there any side effects I need to be cautious about? Nidup Gyeltshen, Thimphu.

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Tengyur

Why we do what we do: Tengyur (བསྟན་འགྱུར་) refers to the translation of Buddhist treatises from Indian and other languages into classical Tibetan. Sitting alongside Kagyur (བཀའ་འགྱུར་) or the translation of the words of the Buddha, which I have already introduced.

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What will you work on achieving this good year?

MAIN STORY: New Year is a time for celebrations. It is also a time to reflect on the year gone by and to begin the journey anew. Some set high personal and professional resolutions; others make do with simple and easily attainable aspirations. What is interesting is that the New Year resolutions do not last long. In the maze of activities in life, people tend to forget their goals.

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Thai Chicken satay

RECIPE: Serves: Four Method: Slice the chicken breast across grain with at least 1 inch wide each piece. Mix in the Marinade and make sure all pieces are well coated. Marinate the meat for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

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Journey is the goal

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I’m on winter vacation from college. I want to travel and at the same time do something cool, meaningful and even spiritual (but not a pilgrimage). I’ve saved a little money from doing part time jobs, but I don’t have money to fly to far places. I’m thinking of backpacking. Can lama offer some advice?  ST, Thimphu

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Little ravens learn useful skills every winter

MAIN STORY: Tshering Dorji gets up early even as it is winter break.

The 14-year-old rushes to the bathroom along with his older brother. They wash their faces, get dressed and eat breakfast. Both wear a navy jumpsuit with a logo that says Camp Raven.

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Turning your dreams into reality

HEALTH AND FITNESS:Dear Sir, As the year is rounding up I want to make a resolution to join a gym. How can I motivate myself to keep working out?  Lhaden, Thimphu

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