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Tengyur

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?

Jamyang

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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Kagyur

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Kagyur is the most important canonical collection in Himalayan Buddhism. It literally means the translation of the pronouncements or words, i.e. the teachings of the Buddha including both the historical Buddha and other Buddhas featured in Buddhist scriptures.

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Addiction is a Relapsable Disease

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My brother went to rehab about a year ago. After discharge, he did ok for a while, but about two months ago he started hanging out with his old friends and is now using again. My parents have totally given up on him now.  What can I do? Should I also just give up and let him go his own way.

Worried Sister, Thimphu    

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The extinct tele-kiosks of yesterday

TELECOM: It was Sunday, November 17, 1991. Father William Mackey, Chief Inspector of the Department of Education, spoke to one of his students on the telephone. “I’ll pull your ear if you fail to do your homework,” said the Canadian Jesuit from Thimphu’s first telephone booth at the heart of town.

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Tashi Gyepa:Part II – A Translation

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: ༄༅། །འཕགས་པ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བརྒྱད་པའི་ཚིགས་སུ་བཅད་པ་བཞུགས་སོ། །

The Sublime Verses on Eight Auspicious Ones

ལས་གང་ཞིག་རྩོམ་པ་ན་ཐོག་མར་འདི་ཚར་གཅིག་བརྗོད་ན་གྲུབ་པ་བདེ་བ་ཡིད་བཞིན་དུ་བྱེད་པར་འགྱུར་བས་ཅི་ནས་ཡིད་ལ་བྱའོ། །

Please note that if one recites this once before starting any project, it will help accomplish the project easily as one wishes.

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Losing weight – Not quite a walk in the park

HEALTH AND FITNESS: I've started walking for an hour and a half for about two weeks now.  I've cut down rice and am eating vegetables and curry in my meals.  I want to cut down some more weight.  Is the diet pattern that I'm currently following healthy?  Will walking help reduce weight?  Please advise.

Tshering, Thimphu

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Tashi Gyepa: The Verses for Auspiciousness – Part I

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tashi Gyepa, literally the eight-fold auspiciousness, consists of verses to bring about auspiciousness by invoking four sets of eight divinities. It is one of the most common prayers said in Bhutan by the followers of both Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. The verses were composed in 1896 by the famous Tibetan philosopher and polymath Mipham Namgyel Gyatsho (1846-1912). Mipham composed thirty-two enormous volumes of texts on a wide range of topics but this prayer is probably the most popular of his compositions.  It is a prayer, which is very widely used in the Himalayan Buddhist world when people start a project or a religious practice.

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