Leadership requires a strategic vision and sense of mission. It requires an ability to excite and to execute. It requires unflinching determination, impeccable character and commitment to common cause over a private gain. But it also requires an exceptional capacity to make good and timely decisions.
Making good and timely leadership decisions on behalf of an organization has long been recognized by some scholars and practitioners, as a defining aspect of leadership. Quality decision-making is one [... Read More]
Incomplete: The carving of Guru Rinpoche on the rock awaits painters from Trashiyangtse
Religion: Anyone driving along the Dewathang-Samdrupjongkhar highway cannot miss the incomplete concrete shed constructed to protect a statue of Guru Rinpoche that was carved on a rock.
Located about six kilometres from Samdrupjongkhar town, the shed, with its scaffolding still in place, has not been attended to for more than six months.
Residents are aware about why the work was halted, but said the incomplete work is an eyesore.
Although its construction is monitored by the [... Read More]
Self-murder is a societal malaise that calls for a social solution, Part III (Conclusion)
An effective and socially relevant approach to counseling must seek to incorporate such traditional insights and skills into the body of knowledge and practice that counselors can use to help their clients and themselves towards higher states of health and happiness.
We take a look at recent events in Bhutan that are of concern, particularly the role of deregulated drug use in the [... Read More]
Similarly, His Holiness Dalai Lama said,
“As a Buddhist monk, I do not find alien the concept and practice of democracy. At the heart of Buddhism lies the idea that the potential for awakening and perfection is present in every human being and that realizing this potential is a matter of personal effort. The Buddha proclaimed that each individual is a master of his or her own destiny, highlighting the capacity that person has to attain [... Read More]
Self-murder is a societal malaise that calls for a social solution, Part II
If we wish to provide social and interpersonal mood supports which can help the person so trapped to break out and reconstitute their feeling state, it needs to be in an environment that does not turn them into an “identified patient” rather it needs to be in a skill acquisition context in which peers and elders together, share, discuss, explore and discover and [... Read More]
The Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP) has made quite a few headlines in recent weeks and days, and now that the numbers have been announced, the banks must be quite pleased with what is coming their way. Receiving loans of Nu 4B at six percent interest, which they can lend on at nearly double that rate is definitely good for their business, but whether it is good for the business community more broadly is the ultimate [... Read More]
Self-murder is a societal malaise that calls for a social solution
As Bhutan moves towards a future, with the goal of happiness for all as its guiding principle, people, who are trying to deal with difficult life situations associated with high suffering may be left behind. There are a growing number of people, who are socially isolated, prone to intoxication patterns, and exhibiting deterioration of mood, manifested as anger and sadness.
Frequently, urbanisation and loss of the [... Read More]
Criminal justice has two essential pre-conditions of criminal liability that is guilty mind (mens rea) and commission of an act. In the commission of crime the four stages has to be completed (1) Intention to commit crime; (2) Preparation to commit crime; (3) Attempt to commit crime; and (4) Commission of crime.
Buddha has rightly noted that “All wrongdoing arises because of mind…” Any act of an individual by itself does not constitute a guilt or [... Read More]
Further, the fair trial method is clearly depicted in the Seven Practices of Reconciliation (saptadhikarana-samtha):
(1) The first practice is samukha-vinaya, or face to face sitting. According to this practice, the dispute must be stated before the entire convocation of bhikkhus, with both sides of the conflict present. This is to avoid private conversation about the conflict which inevitably influences people against one side or the other, creating further discord and tension.
(2) The second practice is [... Read More]
In Part I we explored the importance of the Ease of Doing Business Index (EBDI), which was released on October 30 by the World Bank and the IFC. The conclusion was that EBDI is significant for Bhutan for three reasons: it serves as a barometer for measuring how business-friendly policies are; it is used as a benchmark for foreign investors; and it allows countries to compare policies and adopt leading practices.
Over the past year, Bhutan [... Read More]
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