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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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A small member of a big film crew

PROFILE: It is Sunday and the sky is grey, pregnant with rain.  In a two-storey traditional house in Motithang, crew-members working with film director Tshering Wangyel are enjoying their free time before the next shot.

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