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It is important to bear in mind that everyone naturally possesses basic goodness

YOUTH IN FOCUS: Hi Lama. I always see you on the streets helping our lost youth and addicts. I know many of the guys are not willing to change so they keep going back to old habits. How do you keep going year after year? Don’t you get tired of it all? I ask because two of my family members are addicts and they are in and out of jail. We are fed up and have given up on them. I want to know why you don’t give up. What is your secret? Burnt out, Thimphu

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Motorcycle craze among the urbanites

MAIN STORY: The midday sun throws a playful light on the black, red, yellow and orange motorcycles parked outside the Coffee Corner, a café at City Mall in Thimphu. The machines sparkle and shine under the glittering light.

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How to use these equipment

HEALTH AND FITNESS: I first encountered "outdoor fitness equipment" when I moved to Finland in 2007. The first thing that came to mind was, how wonderful it would to be able to install this in Bhutan.

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What is in a Name?

WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: Following the Buddhist theory of non-self, Bhutanese do not believe in an independent and singular personhood. A person’s identity is composed of many constituents and parts, of which the name is an important one. Thus, Bhutanese normally receive names with positive and auspicious significance from lamas. However, there are many Bhutanese who grow up with names based on terms of endearment used by their parents or elder siblings when they were young. Such common names of endearment include Tsagay (Idiot), Tegpo (Stout), Phento (Comical), Lemo (Dummy), Pentang (Flat-faced), Nakchung (Small Dark One), etc.

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Be inspired by your planet and be an inspiration to others

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I was in a relationship for 18 months. I gave birth to a baby boy nine months ago, and my husband immediately left me. Now what do I do? I feel that I have been betrayed my whole life. My stepmother was cruel to me. My first boyfriend cheated on me and now my husband has run off. At least I have a sister who supports me and I can stay with her and her family. My life seems like a continuous disaster. I’m so depressed. I wonder whether I will ever feel happy. Lama, please advise me. Lost Girl, Phuentsholing

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Getting back to the roots

MAIN STORY: It feels strange to not know where one truly belongs. I was born and raised in Thimphu and here I have been all my life. Never have I been to my ancestral home in Zhemgang. If I did, I do not seem to remember.

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Losing fat

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hi Tshering, I am desperate to lose some baby fats around my belly, thigh and arm area. Some people suggest that I eat rice just once a day or eat curry instead. Will that work? I always end up eating noodles or white bread or drink tea when I start skipping rice. I know it is not right. Lately, I have been feeling tired easily. Karma, 26, Thimphu

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What is in a Name?

WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: Name and significance In the Bhutanese tradition, religious persons give names with blessings and prayers. Thus, the names have spiritual significance and most names are based on righteous Buddhist persons or principles.

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