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Tashigomang- The portable temples of Bhutan

The sacred national treasure, Tashigomang is largely indigenous to Bhutan. It stands out as one of the symbols of the country’s national heritage. The three dimensional miniature portable temples represent the genius of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

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In Vajrayāna today: Faith is readily lavished on recognised lamas (trulku)

An excerpt from my presentation in the International Conference on Tradition and Innovation in Vajrayāna Buddhism. A Mandala of 21st Century Perspective held from June 30-July 3, 2016. 

Buddhism continues to spread throughout the world, but not all practitioners comprehend the paradoxical perspectives, meditational practices, and enlightened activities central to the Vajrayāna tradition. Without proper instruction, it is possible to misunderstand Vajrayānaas counter to the Buddha’s teaching.

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Lives and knives

I write this with a sense of chronic pessimism. That’s because the open letter I wrote to the then home minister two years ago for a commonsensical archery regulation to make the national sport safe remains ignored.

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Brexit, and its likely outcomes

June 23, 2016 will be marked as a historical event that would have a far reaching global impact. Almost 110 years ago in 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte banned the entry of British goods in mainland Europe through a so called continental blockade policy.

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