WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO We have discussed duechen as an auspicious time marked by right alignment of astrological bodies and, as a result, by inner spiritual and wholesome achievements. Tshechu is one such duechen when the external constellation and stars in the right alignments making the time conducive for spiritual achievements.
Tshechu is a duechen associated with the person of Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. Guru Rinpoche is believed to have been born [... Read More]
Residents of Thimphu practising Chod
There are in our midst those who choose to lead a religious life while going about their daily lives
FAITH While leading a life dominated by office work and chores at home, once in a while an individual commits and practises religion out of interest and faith.
One such individual is a civil servant, who’s been wearing a red robe since last year.
Starting from curiosity, Karma Lhendup’s interest in religion reached its peak when he [... Read More]
I am shy at speaking in front of many people. How can I get over this?
Sonam Tashi, Thimphu
YOUTH IN FOCUS We all have different abilities. Some of us are good at speaking, while others are not. Of course, you can practise to improve your skill, but finally you might still be unable to speak well. That is not important. The key point is to do your very best and not compare with [... Read More]
Monks washing robes with soap
HEALTH Significant changes that can be seen in monasteries today are in health and sanitation.
About a decade back, as is practiced in remote villages even now, monks used pit toilets without water or other sanitary facilities.
There were no proper soap to wash their hands and diseases like flu, body aches and sores were common among monks.
Monks studied, ate and slept at the kuenrey (chapel), which created an unhealthy environment that triggered drowsiness among [... Read More]
LAST PAGE Who am I? Why am I on this planet? Why am I Bhutanese? Where am I headed?
These were the many questions that have hounded me since I was a child.
My first encounter with death was at the age of six, when I was hospitalised with dysentry. The girl, who still remains that little girl in my mind, occupying a bed next to me passed away.
This single incident, in retrospect, was the [... Read More]
Do parliamentarians have nothing to do outside the National Assembly hall?
COVER STORY: The lights are out. Darkness has enveloped the ornate National Assembly hall. Except for monks from the central monastic body making offerings at the altar every morning and evening, no one enters the hall.
Occasionally state visitors and students are given a tour of the assembly secretariat, including the hallowed hall.
For official business, the hall is closed till February end, when the [... Read More]
In the opening address, His Majesty said problems arising in some democracies were as a result if elected governments, focused too much on the short-term immediate goals at the cost of the future.
10 years experience requirement dispute:
- The National Assembly dropped the proposal for 10-year experience requirement for those wishing to contest for a seat in the National Council and resolved to discuss it during the deliberations of the Election Act amendment in the [... Read More]
The formal Dzongkha that is used presents a formidable hurdle for first time parliamentarians
PARLIAMENT Like a frog that lived in a small lake his entire life dies of heart attack after seeing an ocean, a parliamentarian feels the same way when they reach and speak during the live sessions.
Members of parliament not only require strong substance to talk about, but the experience itself is intimidating for many.
One of the members, who failed to [... Read More]
LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE In the past few weeks, one topic that dominated discussions was the civil service pay revision.
The government promised a salary revision and the Parliament approved a revised salary for civil servants, the members of parliament including the Prime Minister and his ministers. Salary of local government officials like gups and mangmis were also revised.
Why do we revise salary?
Salary is a form of periodic payment from an employer to an [... Read More]
HEALTH & FITNESS I work late at night and I hardly do any physical exercise during day. I’d like to get up early and take some time out to work out. Can you please recommend an exercise routine I could in the morning, so I can be energetic, including a diet plan?
Tshering Penjor, Thimphu
It’s wonderful that you’re making an effort to make time and room for exercise, despite [... Read More]