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The Punakha imprints of Drukpa Kunley

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COVER STORY: Chimi lhakhang in Punakha in the pale light of a summer evening is a thing of otherworldly beauty.  Along the quiet turquoise-green Punatsangchhu, past the roiling Toebi Rongchhu, there are nyes (sacred religious sites).  Alas, nature has reclaimed these sites entire.

A yogi, scantily clad and heavily bearded, closed his eyes and shot a random arrow from Yamdrok in Tibet to see where it would land.  And there he would go, wherever [... Read More]

Rinchen Terzod – The Treasure of Jewels

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Rinchen Terzod is a collection of revealed teachings compiled by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thayé in the 19th century in Tibet. It literally means the treasury of jewels or the precious treasury. The collection contains a large number of texts which are believed to have been rediscovered by the treasure discoverers who lived before and during the life of Jamgon Kongtrul.

Terzod contains the ter or [... Read More]

Personalise your exercise routine

HEALTH AND FITNESS: I would like to start an exercise routine. I am 22 years old. What kind of exercise routine can you suggest? What are some of the precautions I need to consider before starting a new exercise programme? Do you advise weightlifting?

Tashi Dorji, Thimphu

Hi Tashi,

The only precaution one should take is to get a physical done by a doctor and then follow through with a programme keeping in mind the [... Read More]

An irony of sangdha, samdha or poisonous arrows

sangdaThe lethal weapons to ward off wild animals

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, he would have been dead before reaching any help centre.

Almost everyone in the villages knows that using sangdha or samdha, is illegal. But people [... Read More]

Difficult and pleasant situations are equally part of life’s journey

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I have continuously tried to do good things to people and I never try to harm anybody.  But I face bad responses from some of those who I have helped.  I feel that I have a very bad karma, and so may I seek advice from Lama about how to clean my bad karma.

Sangay Dorji

Hi Sangay, well, first I’ll explain a little how karma works, and then I’ll deal more [... Read More]

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 prayer is divided into three main parts. The first part deals with the worship of Buddha Amitabha or Odpagme. There are verses describing [... Read More]

The story of the poison arrow traps

DSC_0013_2A cow injured by a sangdha

The practice of using poison arrow trap, sangdha, literally means a hidden arrow. It had been in use for centuries.

From hunting wild animals to attacking enemies and warding off wild animals from attacking crops, the arrow traps were used in many villages across the country for various reasons.

The practice, according to a 59-year-old sangdha-maker from Tsirang, has been a thing that was passed down from generations to generations. In most cases, hunters used it in [... Read More]

The death trap that is our roads

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COVER STORY: Road safety is a collective responsibility that comes from mutual respect of all road users

 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.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), every four minutes a child is prematurely lost [... Read More]

Tengyur

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tengyur is the second Himalayan Buddhist canonical corpus, alongside the Kagyur. Literally, the translation of treatises, it is made up of numerous literature composed mostly by Indian masters as exegeses and commentaries on the Buddha’s teachings.

Tengyur has some 225 volumes of over 4,000 texts and 150,000 pages on subjects ranging from philosophy, psychology, art of mind training, rituals, phenomenology, epistemology, logic, astrology, politics, arts and crafts, poetry, [... Read More]

Supplements or no?

HEALTH AND FITNESS: 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. 

Hi Jamyang,

There is everything we need in the nature.

But, food should always be the backbone of any nutrition approach.

Supplement is not really necessary unless you are competing in some sport at an elite level.

The real question [... Read More]

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