Why we do what we do: Preu Chod and Trelda is one of the oldest festivals of central Bhutan. Preu Chod and Trelda Tshechu are occasions for Bhutanese to celebrate the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. Preu Chod, literally means the offering (chodpa) of the monkey month (preu dawa), preu being a local Bhutanese pronunciation of the classical term treu (སྤྲེའུ་). Trelda refers to the Monkey month (སྤྲེལ་ཟླ་). The twelve months in Bhutanese calendar are [... Read More]
Dorjimo, Thangchey's shaman
COVER STORY: Sounds of rhythmic drumbeats accompanied by piercing female voices resonate from a single-storey house in Tangchey, Trongsa. All around, there are fruiting mandarin, guava and tall sugarcane forests.
Tangchey sits on a high flat. It is the village of the Monpas, one of the earliest inhabitants in the country.
The outstanding voice is of Pamo (Female Shaman) Dorjimo’s, who is conducting a ritual for a sick child in the village. The Pamo is adorned [... Read More]
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.
Hi Sangay, well, first I’ll explain a little how karma works, and then I’ll deal [... Read More]
YOUTH IN FOCUS: Every morning, my parents ask me to make bowl-offerings and light a butter lamp on our altar. I am happy to do it, but I don’t understand the purpose. What do these offerings mean and how can they help me and others?
Well, Tandin, it is important to understand the symbolism of offerings and also to know how they can be used to benefit others and yourself. In this [... Read More]
BOC takes steps to popularise sports in-country and assimilate them into people’s lifestyles
COVER STORY: For sportspersons, hard work and dedication are all that matters. Even the most naturally gifted cannot rise to the pinnacle without some earnest effort.
And sports are good, not just for the physical wellbeing of an individual, but also for building a sense of community. We saw recently how football brought us together like never before. Sports help to bridge [... Read More]
Yeatoeh Lhamo Penjore
Yeatoeh Lhamo Penjore is Bhutan’s first woman to venture into bodybuilding
PROFILE: Sitting behind a desk piled heavy with books, twenty-four-year-old Yeatoeh Lhamo Penjore looks up. Her office in Thimphu primary school is small but neat. She is a teacher there.
Yeatoeh is the first Bhutanese woman to venture into bodybuilding, a sport largely dominated by men, especially in a country like Bhutan. Women don’t take up bodybuilding because they think the sport may turn [... Read More]
YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am a 25 years boy currently studying in India. My problem is that I have developed a rare anxiety disorder. Whenever I am with other people, I get all negative thoughts and get so nervous and I feel like I can read their mind. I also feel like they know what I am thinking. This makes me so awkward when I am with other people. I have a history of [... Read More]
WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: Pema Thangyig or Pema Kathang is one of the most cherished literary treasures in traditional Bhutan. It refers to the biographies and testaments of Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava, which are said to have been hidden by Padmasambhava himself or by his contemporaries, and later revealed by the tertons or treasure discoverers.
The life story of Padmasambhava is recorded in over two dozen biographies and chronicles, the most [... Read More]
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]
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]