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Bardo Thoedrol

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Bardo Thoedrol is often translated as the Tibetan Book of Dead. It literally means ‘liberation through hearing about the bardo’, and bardo refers to the post-mortem intermediate state between this and next life. It is one of the most common books used in Bhutan especially for funeral rites. When people die, Bardo Thoedrol is read next to the deceased person’s body to help the spirit.

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Being Content is True Wealth

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I have always strived to be a topper. I wanted a good job and a cool car. After graduating, I found a job with a high salary and soon I will buy a car. Suddenly, though, I feel empty. I feel that achieving my goals has not brought me satisfaction. What now? Do I strive higher or quit everything?

Confused, Thimphu      

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Dorje Chodpa: The Diamond Sūtra

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Dorje Chodpa is one of the most common books that we find in Bhutan. Literally translated, it is The Vajra Cutter Sūtra although it is commonly known as The Diamond Sūtra in English.

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As you sow, so shall you reap

COVER STROY: The sky is overcast with a mix of clouds and smoke from the forest fire.  The surrounding hills echo with the faint rumbling of thunder.  It is a gloomy day in Tsirang.  But if thunder and clouds are the harbinger of rain, rain is what farmers are waiting for.

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Domang/Zungdue

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Domang is a collection of many important short sutras. It literally means ‘many sutras’. It is also known as Zungdue or a compendium of zung or dhāraṇī texts. Dhāraṇīs are mantra spells and very cryptic and formulaic texts which are believed to have special powers for different purposes.

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“You have all the time in the world for exercise”

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hi Sir,

I'm an office goer and like all the office goers I don't have much time in my hands to hit the gym. Is there any simple exercises that I can do in my cubicle to burn some extra calories without bothering my co-workers? What are the best food to eat to keep one's body fit and healthy? 

Tandin, Thimphu

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Parks – The lungs in an urban landscape

COVER STORY: Bhutanese town planning gives little priority to a most essential component of an urban centre – parks, where children can play and adults   can hang around on weekends with their family.

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Gyatongpa

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Gyatongpa, literally ‘one with eight thousand’ is one of the most common books found in traditional Bhutan. It is the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in Eight Thousand Verses also called Aśtasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitāsūtra in Sanskrit.

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