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Ways beyond mountains

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am a college student and have been really fortunate to have read Buddhist books by great beings like Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, among others. I realise that I can’t tame my mind and practice living in this world of distractions. I must do whatever needs to be done before it’s too late. I have enough time now to practice and follow their (above mentioned great teachers’) [... Read More]

Kago or Giving Order

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Buddhism holds that sentient beings are diverse in their aspirations, interests, calibres and temperament. Thus, it proposes a wide range of methods and techniques to tame and enlighten them. There are sentient beings who can be liberated through peaceful methods such as teachings on non-violence and others who can be converted through use of wealth or magnetising powers. There are yet other beings such as malevolent and aggressive [... Read More]

Pilgrims receive blessings from rare relics

unnamedDevotees line up to receive blessings from the relics

Tsangpa Gyare, the founder of Drukpa Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, was born to Gya Zurpo Tsabpey and Marza Darkyi in 1161 near Kule in the Tsang province of southern Tibet. He was considered the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara (a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas) in human form. Guru Rinpoche foretold his birth thusly:

At the conjoining of three valleys

Which one calls Khule Sarel – the Fissure in the Earth –

An emanation of the Holder of the Jewel [... Read More]

Sleazy side of this booming town


COVER STORY: It is 6PM and Phuentsholing town is getting busier. The crowd has increased by thousands. Everywhere you look in this town, you see people rushing past. And the incessant traffic whistles! There is hardly any parking space.

Vishal and Rajiv from across the border have come for a night out in the town but have not found a parking space. They have been driving around for the last 45 minutes.

It is Tuesday, [... Read More]

Along the transit towns

indo_nepal_border_20140407Mechi bridge at the Nepal-India border

It is almost dark and the traffic is heavy. Tashi has already made two rounds trying to find a parking space. Finally he parks his car near the Anaconda hotel in Phuentsholing. He must make a dash across the border to book a ticket to Kakarvitta, Nepal.

The transit town is flooded with people travelling to and from different places. The two-day strike across the border has left the travellers trying to find something useful to [... Read More]

Lui, Dhoe and Sipa Chidhoe

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: In the previous essays, we have discussed the topic of giving and also covered the types of recipients. 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 many lifetimes in the future. In this process, we accumulate a lot of karmic debt, i.e. we commit actions which will lead to [... Read More]

Of fear, rumours and security


COVER STORY: From this side of Norbugang (Dholpani) in Sarpang, the whole expanse of Gelephu spreads like a vast green carpet emblazoned with myriad little white dwellings. Far beyond the richly fulvous fields that extend until a long line of thick, tall and dark forest, farmers are winding their farm work. To the west, the aureate sun is turning red and sinking behind the cold dark mountains.

Hari Kumar Karki, 45, is looking down [... Read More]

Dirty old town

IMG_5756Sarpang town

Under the warm setting sun, Sarpang town, located about 32kms away from Gelephu, remains a busy hub where travellers rest before heading to Gelephu.

Some stop to eat at restaurants while others stretch for a breath of fresh air.

What was once a thriving and oldest town is today nothing but a dusty place made up of temporary shelters.

Every few minutes a car zooms and dust envelops the shops located right next to the road. Shopkeepers wave [... Read More]

Building better guns


I am having difficulty developing my arms despite working out regularly. It’s frustrating to put in so much work with no results. I am doing three sets of three different exercises for both biceps and triceps for 12, 8 and 6 repetitions each. I also feel that my left arm feels more pumped up than my right when I train. Your advice will be much appreciated. 

Sagar Gurung 

Hi Sagar,

Building a great pair of arms [... Read More]

2014: Journey comes full circle


COVER STORY: 12 best of the year

January 11: Lauri students labour for learning  

Children and youth in the capital are kept engaged during their vacation with different activities ranging from learning how to paint to dance to music lessons. The choices are in abundance for them and they are able to pick up different skills from a very young age. The idea is to involve them productively [... Read More]

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