WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tendrel literally means ‘dependent and connected’. It refers to Buddha’s theory of interdependence or dependent origination or law of causation. The Buddha explained that our life and existence are results of causes and conditions.
There are three features to this natural law: 1. Things do not come out of nothing. Otherwise, everything will occur everywhere or not occur at all. 2. Things do not come out of [... Read More]
Blessing: Dago wants to be a pazap as long as he can
It was 1999 when Dago first took part as a pazap or warriors at Punakha Dromchhoe. He was 19, shy and hesitant. But he was determined to wear the red pazap gho, the khamar kabney (scarf) and iron helmet of the traditional warriors. In tshoglham (traditional boots) and with a patang (sword), he really looked and felt like a warrior.
He was also one of the pazaps selected to perform the Bay (ceremonial dance) at the [... Read More]
In the space of fifty years, a bucolic village has changed utterly into a bustling urban neighbourhood
COVER STORY: The fields were vast and fertile, land was plenty, so was water, and farmers cultivated both paddy and winter crops. They owned much of what today is Changzamtog.
Cultivated fields started from the flyover near the truck parking to Lungtenzama bridge. The Druk School area was a tsamdro (grazing land), and above that not many would [... Read More]
YOUTH IN FOCUS: I graduated college last year, and I am wondering whether to keep looking for work in Bhutan or to go overseas. What is your advice?
Well, it really depends on your personality. If you enjoy exploring new things and are outgoing then working in a foreign country is probably for you.
However, if you prefer stability and don’t enjoy the challenge of new experiences, then perhaps you should stay at home and [... Read More]
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Phowa literally means transference. In phowa practice, the consciousness of a person is transferred to enlightenment or a higher state of being. It is often practiced or applied by spiritual people at the time of death. Phowa is generally associated with the transfer of consciousness to Sukhavati or Dewachen, the happy and peaceful realm of Buddha Amitabha or Yoepame, where it is believed to be easy to reach [... Read More]
Makeover: The ancient will soon become a cafe to cater to curious tourists
Four traditional houses above the expressway in Babesa are bestowed with heritage status. One owner had better idea.
At a time when the Thimphu valley is witnessing rapid urbanisation, with huge concrete buildings coming up everywhere, four traditional houses just above the expressway in Babesa stand as heritage sites.
The houses, with typical northern Bhutanese architecture, were left untouched and declared heritage sites in the early 2000s, when Babesa came under the Thimphu City municipal boundary. Land [... Read More]
Contemporary TV programmes have a pernicious effect on our children, lament parents and teachers
COVER STORY: Since the day television came to the country in 1999, parents and teachers have voiced their concerns over its impact on viewers, especially young people. Since then, the media landscape in the country has widened by much with the coming of smart phones and the Internet, among others. But television, by far, has been found to have strong [... Read More]
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Cham is a type of sacred dance unique to the Indo-Himalayan Buddhist culture. It is an extension of the Buddhist practice of visual offering of aesthetic movement, the mudra expression of enlightened spirit and of the artistic and entertaining expedience of passing a spiritual message.
Thus, cham comes in many varieties with different purposes. Some cham dances, such as the Rigma Chudrug cham dance representing the sixteen offering [... Read More]
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Dear Sir,
I’ve recently joined a gym in Thimphu. I figured out that I loved doing squats. I would be grateful if you can tell me what are the benefits and drawbacks of doing squats. How can one do it safely without hurting one’s back?
Deadlift, bench press and squats are among the oldest, most popular and most productive exercises ever. They are cure-alls for health and athletic enhancement.
Squat is the [... Read More]
The Bhutan-India military expedition team’s conquest of the peak was a pyrrhic victory
COVER STORY: On April 21, 1970, as the first spring sun touched Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mount Jomolhari (24,035ft), Chhimi Dorji and seven men set off to summit the peak from the southeast spur of the mountain.
The night before the Bhutan-India military expedition team made the climb up the razor sharp edges of the mountain, they made a halt at Jomolhari [... Read More]