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Start with acceptance

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am in jail and feel very depressed and sad. What can I do to make my life better?  

Inmate, Thimphu 

Well, the first step is to fully accept that you are in jail. At the moment you might be mentally struggling against being locked up. This is natural. But to overcome frustration and depression, it is important to admit mistakes and to accept that there will be consequences.  This is [... Read More]

Lo choe

WHY WE DO WHAR WE DO: Lo choe literally means annual religious practice. It is a seasonal celebration when a family gets together to make offerings to its protecting deities and have a festive gathering with its neighbours and community. Thus, it combines both a religious and social event for celebration.

As a religious ritual, lo choe is mainly an occasion to make offerings and amends for failures to the family’s tutelary deities. A [... Read More]

The pinnacle of pizza

IMG_5176Aum Zam prepares a pizza

Nomads serve up the fast food favourite for tourists at the Jomolhari base camp

Just as the temperature is hovering below zero, Aum Zam, 65, moulds the flour with her stiff fingers.

Zam and many yak herders from Jangothang in Soe are speeding up to bake as many pizzas as possible to sell it to tourists during the annual Jomolhari festival of the village.

Zam and her friends from the monadic community got a chance to learn how [... Read More]

From soiled and mutilated notes to digital banking


COVER STORY: Tshewang Dorji, 38, is a serious collector of old Ngultrum notes and coins. Banknotes and coins are safely stored in a red box with old stamps and cards.

Given him by his grandparents, old silver and copper coins were his prized possession. Then he began to collect more old notes and coins.

Six years ago, Tshewang heard that banks were buying old banknotes. He decided to sell some of his collections but banks [... Read More]

Workouts for cyclists


I cycle wherever I go. I have been living in Gelephu for a long time. Sometimes it becomes hard to cycle around, especially in summer. Can you please suggest any workout routine that I can do at home at such times? Also, what are the benefits and drawbacks of cycling for a long time? 

Dawa, Gelephu

Hi Dawa,

The problem with doing any kind of sport or physical activity at an intense [... Read More]

Our New Years and Chunyipai Tshetheg

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Due to its cultural diversity engendered by geographic isolation, Bhutan has many different losar (ལོ་གསར་) or New Year celebrations. The celebrations mostly mark seasonal change and cycle of agricultural life. They consist of festivities to celebrate the autumnal harvest and occur in winter when the farmers have a break from the agricultural work. The western parts of Bhutan including valleys of Haa and Paro celebrate the New [... Read More]

History of currency in Bhutan


Monetary reform started in 1974, coinciding with the coronation of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Finance ministry issued the first Ngultrum notes.

Before the trade was monetised, barter system prevailed in the country. Rice, butter, cheese and wool were exchanged with other local produce.

Almost a decade later, the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) was established in 1982 to act as a central bank of the country.

In the 18th century, first silver coins were [... Read More]

Pilgrim’s progress


COVER STORY: Here, at Druk Amitabha Mountain in Nepal, there are thousands of Bhutanese; the place looks like a little Bhutan abroad.  Many are farmers from Trashiyangtse.  They have come here to attend the 6th annual Drukpa council (ADC), and to receive blessings from rinpoches and khenpos of the 800-year-old Drukpa Kagyu lineage.

Druk Amitabha Mountain is located on a hilltop that overlooks the entire Kathmandu valley.  It takes around 20 minutes drive, up [... Read More]

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]

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