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How Bowl-Offerings Can Benefit Others

YOUTH IN FOCUS: Every morning, my parents ask me to make bowl-offerings and light a butter lamp on our altar. I am happy to do it, but I don’t understand the purpose. What do these offerings mean and how can they help me and others?

Tandin, Lhuentse

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We got game

BOC takes steps to popularise sports in-country and assimilate them into people’s lifestyles

COVER STORY: For sportspersons, hard work and dedication are all that matters.  Even the most naturally gifted cannot rise to the pinnacle without some earnest effort.

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Making an impact in a man’s world

Yeatoeh Lhamo Penjore is Bhutan’s first woman to venture into bodybuilding

PROFILE: Sitting behind a desk piled heavy with books, twenty-four-year-old Yeatoeh Lhamo Penjore looks up.  Her office in Thimphu primary school is small but neat.  She is a teacher there.

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Don’t Play With Drugs. They Can Really Mess You Up

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am a 25 years boy currently studying in India. My problem is that I have developed a rare anxiety disorder. Whenever I am with other people, I get all negative thoughts and get so nervous and I feel like I can read their mind. I also feel like they know what I am thinking. This makes me so awkward when I am with other people. I have a history of marijuana abuse in the past. But I have been clean for more than a year now. What should I do, lama?

Worried in India

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Pema Thangyig – The Biography of Guru Rinpoche

WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: Pema Thangyig or Pema Kathang is one of the most cherished literary treasures in traditional Bhutan. It refers to the biographies and testaments of Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava, which are said to have been hidden by Padmasambhava himself or by his contemporaries, and later revealed by the tertons or treasure discoverers.

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An irony of sangdha, samdha or poisonous arrows

COVER STORY: Last month, a cow in Punakha was badly injured after it was hit by sangdha, also called shamdha, a lethal poison arrow trap. The owner managed to bring the cow to a veterinary hospital just right in time. Had it been a man in place of a cow, …

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Dechen Monlam

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Dechen Monlam is one of the most popular aspirational prayers recited in Bhutan. Composed by Karma Chagme in eastern Tibet in the 17th century, this prayer deals with rebirth in the pure realm of Sukhāvatī, where the Buddha Amitabha is believed to reside. The …

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The death trap that is our roads

COVER STORY: More than a million people die every year on the roads.  This is a figure of world roads put together.  And no less than 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries as a result of road crashes.  Globally, about 186,300 children die every year from road accidents.

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Young traffic controllers

It's 8am, Tuesday. Dawa Zam, 14, leaves her backpack in the class room, puts on her orange waistcoat and heads out for her regular routine of controlling the traffic near the school gate in Changzamtog.

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tengyur literally means the translation of treatises. It is the secondary Buddhist canon in the Himalayas. It is made up of many books written by Indian masters as a commentary on the Buddha’s words.

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Supplements or no?

YOUTH IN FOCUS: Dear Tshering,

I see many people at the gym consume supplements of various kinds. Is it an absolute necessary? Many of them claim to have built a good physique. However, is it safe?


21 years old.

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