What is moenlam?
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Moenlam is intrinsically an aspiration or wish. Since Buddhism deals with mind as a primary factor in the pursuit of wellbeing and enlightenment, it is important to have the right kind of aspiration or intention. Words and texts which help us generate good aspiration and motivation are also referred to as moenlam.
Buddhist moenlams are mainly mental aspirations rather than just prayers or supplications to a [... Read More]
I am 19 years old and have been in a relationship for three months. Now I want to get married. I know that I am making the right choice, but my family is against the idea. What should I do?
YOUTH IN FOCUS Well, Dema, I know that you genuinely feel that your boyfriend is the right person for you. Still, I think it is advisable to wait before making a serious commitment. [... Read More]
The Wache Dzong, returning to earth
DRUKPA KUNLEY Kunley replies with some stalwart poetry of his own.
Listen to me, Kungzang of Sharmo!
While crossing the sky, the sun shines on all four continents,
And wandering Kunley needs no traveling companion.
The most fortunate tree grows tall in inaccessible southern jungles,
Where the axe of the callous woodman cannot touch it.
Better to be a spreading tree than a temple door-post,
and the cellar door-step can be made of stone.
The most fortunate iron finds the anvil of [... Read More]
LAST PAGE By the time my mother knew I was married, my son was born. It was my wish not to marry, at least not in public or in front of family members.
As a child, I saw a wedding ceremony. I can’t remember how I got there, and obviously I wasn’t invited, because I remember peeping through the door to see what was happening inside.
The bride was the daughter of a couple, who [... Read More]
It is preventable and there is help at hand \
COVER STORY There was a time Pema Dorji would envelop himself in depression, a consequence of a failed business, which had driven him to insolvency. He resorted to alcohol and drugs to overcome depression. But it made matters worse. He became suicidal.
But then he changed. He moved on, shrugged off the negativities and learnt to think positive.
“I look back and am thankful for not [... Read More]
An exercise for preventing suicide by addressing communication gap
CAMPAIGN Among youth, drug addiction and depression are major factors behind suicide or attempted suicide.
Filmmaker Phuntsok Rabten, some of the cast of Chuut Wai, and recovering addicts, who wanted to make a difference by addressing social issues like drug addiction, behavioural changes, disabilities and suicide went on sensitisation tour earlier this year.
After making the movie Chuut Wai, they went on an ‘emotional sensitisation tour’ from April 28 to June 12, to prevent drug [... Read More]
The supposed role of small and cottage industries in Bhutan
LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE It is obvious that Bhutan’s economy is heavily dependent on the hydropower, but revenue alone cannot create a vibrant economy.
It demands opportunities, innovation, entrepreneurship, socially and geographically diverse sectors in the economy. In other words, social issues like unemployment, income disparity, poverty and so on, play an important role in shaping an economy.
So, how do we achieve a socially, geographically [... Read More]
The taking of one’s own life is taboo in many cultures including our own
BUDDHISM In Buddhism, human life is the best realm in the universe. Taking a life, be it of another or one’s own, is a sin.
The human realm is considered the best because it is gives best opportunity to practise our religion that gives a chance to attain enlightenment and it is also a chance to do good for others and [... Read More]
I’ve always found it difficult to lose fat around the stomach and arm area. Is there any easy exercise I could do in my living room?
HEALTH & FITNESS Hi Singye
Trust me you are not alone. Fat always makes its introduction at the belly and also bids its farewell from there.
Fat stored around the belly is an accurate indicator used by health and fitness practitioners to determine how [... Read More]
The hanging gardens of Sha, Galeykha in the background
DRUKPA KUNLEY Sharmo Kungzang sang this touching song.
Listen to this sad girl’s song
I feel like the misused wood of a cellar doorstep
Held firmly in place by the door-posts,
Abused by trampling dogs and swine.
Don’t leave me here! Take me to Ralung in Upper Tsang
And make me part of the temple, so I may gain Buddhahood.
I feel like the ill-treated iron on the blacksmith’s anvil
Caught by pliers and pinchers, unable to move,
Beaten by the hammer [... Read More]