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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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Glimpses of life in a central school

COVER STORY: It’s 5:15 am. Wangbama Central School in Genekha, Thimphu is under a thick shroud of fog. And it is raining. But the students are already up and readying for the day.

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