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Eating in Restaurant

LAST PAGE: Bhutan is experiencing many changes including the urban life style. One of the major changes that has been observed in Bhutanese urban society, particularly among the youth is frequenting to restaurants for the reasons they explain.

Some youths who just started their career and living away from their parent shows their calculation and justify that it is cheaper to eat outside. There are some other urban livers who say that doing the [... Read More]

Volunteers – Human servers in a Cyber Age

FmWmgNFnSibdMEfuMye9Ajtcm26IY-NBj0AW-qU-Mh4In a world gone materialistically mad, there are among us a few, who march to a different tune

COVER STORY The higher calling of voluntarism

It is cold.  At the National Memorial choeten in Thimphu, elderly people are basking in the sun, saying their rosary.  From the gate of the choeten show up three young men in gho with flasks and plastic cups.  Each goes separate ways.  They start serving tea to elders at the choeten.

One of young men is Ugyen, 25, a corporate employee, who has been volunteering to serve tea [... Read More]

The Help-Shoe initiative


Dawa, 30, owner of ShoeVival, a retail franchise arm of The Shoe Laundry in Thimphu, is a person who deeply believes in voluntarism.

Since 2011, he has been organising a shoe collection drive at the Clock Tower every year.  Hundreds of volunteers are involved in the programme. The shoes are collected, repaired and cleaned, and distributed in remote parts of the country.

This year, however, he did something different. Instead of collecting and distributing shoes, he went [... Read More]

Ngowa or Dedication

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO When one has done the first six limbs of the seven-part practice, one has already accumulated some merit. In addition, there are also merits or good karma one has accumulated through other actions such as charity, meditation or even just making others smile. We have accrued a lot of good deeds and these must be secured in the mindstream. In order to make a positive and lasting [... Read More]

Haircutting as a hobby

DSC01181Haircut: Khamsum giving his last few touches

Students, who pick up this skill, make themselves indispensable in their schools 

LIFESTYLE As he swings his scissors like a professional barber over his friend’s head, he pauses for a few seconds to make sure the hair length is equal on all sides.  Everything is just so.  There is a look of satisfaction on his face.

Jamyang Choda, 16, is a class X student in Rangjung higher secondary school (RHSS) in Trashigang.  For a haircut, [... Read More]

Suicide is the worst option

YOUTH IN FOCUS I have personally known two people who committed suicide. I have not seriously considered taking my life, but I often feel unhappy. When life is so painful, what other options are available? Is suicide sin in Buddhism?

Tashi, Phuentsholing  


Well, Tashi, first of all Buddhism doesn’t have a concept of sin. We believe that everything occurs due to karma. Although a complicated subject, perhaps this example will help [... Read More]

Why I love to volunteer

LAST PAGE The dictionary defines “volunteer” as a person, who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.

For me, to be a volunteer is one of the best things ever.  It all started when I was in high school.  Along with my peers, I joined a youth camp.  The camp focused on building leaders of tomorrow, and promoting the idea of volunteerism.

I had no idea what or who a volunteer [... Read More]

NCDs – The modern malaise

coverNon-communicable or lifestyle diseases have become the bane of urban Bhutan

The deadly (as opposed to psychedelic) LSD

COVER STORY Apart from gold, tea, silk and pearls, salt was one of the rare commodities bought from Tibet in the old days.  People walked for days to barter for such rare commodities with Tibetan traders.

Later, as the trade route shifted to Bengal in India, the Bhutanese began to trade for salt and other items from the border to the south.

Decho, 80, from Lhuentse, remembers how male [... Read More]

Requesting to turn the Wheel of dharma

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO The sixth limb of the seven-part practice is entreating the Buddhas and teachers to turn the wheel of dharma. Turning the Wheel of dharma is an idiomatic expression for teaching. In the fifth practice, one requests the Buddha, bodhisattvas and masters to live long in the world to benefit the world. In this case, one entreats the enlightened beings to teach the dharma to the beings in [... Read More]

Under the shadow of modernity

Besides the usual suspects, alcohol is a prime cause of non-communicable diseases

NCDS Lifestyle diseases, also called non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or diseases of longevity, have become the biggest health challenge in Bhutan in recent times.  According to the World Bank, the number of lives lost due to ill health, disability, and early death, and NCDs (inclusive of injuries) account for more than 62 percent of the total disease burden in the country.

The threat from [... Read More]

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