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Chagchen – The Great Seal

Chagya Chenpo (ཕྱག་རྒྱ་ཆེན་པོ་) or Mahāmudrā, which literally translates as Great Seal, refers to a range of things including the topic of a very important and advanced meditation tradition well known in Bhutan. In its initial appearance in the early tantras in India, the term designated a hand gesture, which is …

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Letter from Kiev

I will never be able to know fully how many gracious Ukranians were involved in welcoming and hosting this rare specimen of a Bhutanese citizen in their beautiful land of sunflowers washed by the blue waters of the Black Sea. A busy senior banker waits at the airport and opens …

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Vajrayana, the diamond vehicle

The Diamond Vehicle (རྡོ་རྗེ་ཐེག་པ་) or Vajrayāna is an offshoot of Mahāyāna Buddhism and the last phase of Buddhist development in India before it spread to Bhutan and other parts of the Buddhist Himalayas. This tradition claims to attain the adamantine state of the Buddha through leveraging the adamantine nature of …

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Views on the 4th Pay Commission Report 

The guiding principles of pay revision trying to meet the campaign pledge of DNT in narrowing the gap while protecting the value of money (income erosion as highlighted in the report) warrants deeper reflection particularly along the lines of equitable, fair and moral distribution. The need of the hour is …

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Letter from Vilnius

How does a capital city achieve the envious status of being the happiest city within a mere three decades of the country’s independence? What impulse enables it to climb ever higher levels of success on the social progress indicators and human well-being indices? How does a city succeed in bringing …

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Making cooking gas conveniently available

The system of issuing subsidized liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders at every gas station has always been chaotic. There is always so much rush, traffic jam and confusion before people finally settle down in queue. But the queue gets longer and the waiting time gets even longer. The most unfortunate …

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End of an era

For many in Gelephu it’s time to say a quick goodbye. More often than not, you’ll catch passers by with a perplexed look while also stealing a last glimpse.  The sight is that of the grand old Losal Cinema Hall being ripped and shred apart by an efficient group of …

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Sipa Chidhoe, Lui and Dhoe

In the Buddhist theory of life, we have lived so many lifetimes in the past and, if we do not reach enlightenment, we will again live endless lifetimes in the future. In this process, we accumulate a lot of karmic debt, i.e. we commit actions which will lead to rewards …

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Demystifying Community Information Centres

Introduction Our policy-makers are in a state of confusion about the community information centres (CICs). This has led them to take capricious and often comical decisions even in the Parliament. The point of contention revolves mainly around the ambiguity of the ownership and management of these centres. According to recent …

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Uniqueness of Bhutan’s Democracy

The recent Round Table Meeting in Thimphu is a reaffirmation of Bhutan’s preparedness and readiness to graduate from the status of the Least Developed Nation to a middle-income country. It is heartening that the unilateral decision of our Kings to democratise the nation is the best that has happened to Bhutan: …

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Bhutan again slips in the World Happiness Report, 2019

Andrea Illy of the Ernesto Illy Foundation, part of the million-dollar coffee giant sponsoring the event of the World Happiness Report (WHF) launch on March 20, 2019 at the UN in New York assured the audience that happiness is sipping the perfect coffee recipe. John Clifton, the Managing Partner for …

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Rethinking development – what the world can learn from Bhutan

Last week I had the benefit of attending the fourth dialogue hosted by the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS), featuring the UNDP Administrator, Mr Achim Stenier, in conversation with Dasho Kinley Dorji, the former Editor in Chief of Kuensel and Secretary in the Ministry of Information and …

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