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The main of weight training

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Dear Sir, I just joined a gym. I am extremely excited about what will come my way. I have read that exercises and sports build character and confidence. Could you please explain it in depth what this means, and what I should expect from it? Jigme Penjor

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What is in a Name?

WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: Names form an important part of a person’s identity. They serve as conventional labels to identify a person. Bhutan has an interesting naming culture both in terms of how the names are given and used and what they mean or signify.

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Trying to kick the old habit

MAIN STORY: On the hill opposite, the giant Buddha is looking far, far into the future. Amidst beautiful gardens and flowers of myriad colours, Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre for Drug and Alcohol Dependence (TRCDAD) at Serbithang is quiet and peaceful.

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Choose your way, but be not self-righteous

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I love animals and so I want to be a vegetarian. But my parents are strongly against it. They say eating meat is not the same as killing animals and so there is no bad karma. Also, they are worried that I will become weak and fall sick. Animal lover, Bumthang

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When the wild comes barging in

MAIN STORY: Meet Nana, Thimphu’s favourite up and coming star. She wears a black coat with pale yellow crescent on the chest, always. She weighs 47 kilograms. Already the celebrity is tired of being on the limelight.

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Oṃ Ye Dharma! The Tendrel Verse

WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: The concept of tendrel (རྟེན་འབྲེལ་) or pratītyasamutpāda is the central philosophy of Buddhism. Teachings on tendrel explain the theory of causation on which the whole Buddhist moral, philosophical and spiritual systems are based.

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How to get a six-pack

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hi Sir, I am really interested in abs workout and I have been consistently doing the abs workout for a month now. I wanted to ask you how many times should I do the workout in a week. What are the best abs workouts and what kind of diet should I maintain to get the best abs packs? Namgyel Rangdol, Thimphu

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Learning happens beyond classrooms

MAIN STORY: At the Swimming Pool Complex in Thimphu, a group of children between the ages of six and 15 are practising for the upcoming inter-school taekwondo competition that will be held this month.

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Shun blame and self-pity mentality

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I have lots of problems. In particular, my step-mother has been against me since I was a child and I feel hopeless, and so I drink and even use drugs to block out the sadness. I’m not hurting anyone else and the habit helps me feel calm. Somehow, though, I feel it is not a good response. Could lama advise me? -Hopeless College Student, Bangalore

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Driglam Namzha: Bhutan’s code of etiquette

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Driglam namzha is often described as Bhutan’s code of etiquette. Drig (སྒྲིག་) denotes order, norm and conformity. Thus, driglam literally means the way (ལམ་) of having order and conformity while namzha (རྣམ་བཞག་) refers to a concept or system. Driglam namzha is thus a system of orderly and cultured behaviour, and by extension, the standards and rules to this effect.

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Wisdom removes prejudices

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My brother is a transgender, but I am a devoted Buddhist and so I don’t feel comfortable with these things. Is it a sin to act like this or to be gay? How should I treat my brother? - Confused, Thimphu

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