WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO Last issue we have covered the general meaning and purpose of chanting a mantra. This should apply to the mani, which is one kind of ngag or mantra.
Mani or om mani padme hum, which is also known as the six syllable mantra, is the mantra of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. Om mani padme hum roughly translates as “I actualise the jewel in the lotus”. [... Read More]
BELIEFS Harming or piercing one’s body, including one’s own is considered a sin, in Buddhism.
There are, Lam Wangchuk with Tango monastery said, ten ways to gain enlightenment and one of them is by gaining merits from one’s body. “This is known as lui kyi go ney gay wa sum (three merits of body)” Lam Wangchuk said. “When one harms one’s body, which is a gift of god, one is hindering one’s way to [... Read More]
TECH ASK BOAZ When I first landed in Paro six years ago, little did I know that 2008 would turn out to be an auspicious year that would be remembered in Bhutanese history as a year of tremendous events and tectonic changes: His Majesty, the 5th Druk Gyalpo, was crowned; the first ever elections for the national assembly took place; a democratically-elected government began ruling; and the constitution was enacted.
Significant technological changes engulfed the [... Read More]
LAST PAGE Each tattoo is a unique experience. I have two – well, one and a half, to be precise. The first was an endurance test I passed, but the second one got the best of me. It’s yet to be completes. It will be, one day.
Having chosen my inner thigh as the spot for the second tattoo was a decision that turned out to be painful, not a mistake though. Although it [... Read More]
COVER STORY It took a week for any concerns about the impact of disposable diapers on the pristine environment to be junked.
Dishes needed to be washed, guests to be entertained, groceries bought, the living room cleaned up, and a overflowing laundry basket of dirty chutey or reusable cloth diapers hand washed, again. Oh right, and your measly five days of paternity leave just ended, like yesterday.
As you dump a trashcan full of disposable [... Read More]
Ugyen Thrinley with his family
Perspective of a man living in a rural village in Trashigang
RURAL Nervousness gripped twenty-seven-yer-old Ugyen Thrinley from Bidung, Trashigang when he first heard that his wife, Yangjay, 26, was pregnant with their first child.
“Being a first-timer my wife’s pregnancy really made me nervous,” Ugyen Thrinley said. He would be worried about what kinds of food his wife should eat or avoid for the health of both mother and child.
“I was so worried I [... Read More]
LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE Budget, by the sound of it, we all know how important it is.
In our everyday lives, budget, an estimate of what we earn and how we spend that for a set period of time, determines our lifestyles.
That is why families are often seen, every day, week, month or year prioritising needs and slashing budget when it gets tight.
Similarly, budget is the most important economic policy tool of a government [... Read More]
The birthing centre decorated to celebrate Nurses’s Day (File photo)
MIDWIVES Singye, 34, was overwhelmed to see his wife in labour. Out of sheer nervousness, he was at a loss and did not know what to do. The nurses on duty, adorned in their baby pink scrubs, were calm and composed.
“They treated the women like they were relatives,” Singye said of the midwives at the birthing centre at Thimphu referral hospital. “I was relieved to have their help.”
As part of their work, the [... Read More]
HEALTH AND FITNESS I’ve been playing archery for over six years and I’m wondering if it’s benefiting my overall health and physical fitness. Is playing archery enough, or do I have to do other exercises? I try to make a point to play at least once or twice a week.
Sonam Dorji, Thimphu
With due respect to archery, which is our national sport, the truth still remains that it’s poor when it comes [... Read More]
DRUKPA KUNLEY We move north now, to the valley of the Pho River. Like so many other parts of Bhutan, this is a mystically handsome place. You can sense Drukpa Kunley in the geography.
At the beginning of his time in the Pho Chu Valley, DK met a couple on the trail. He opened with his usual question. Do you have any booze, he asked.
It turns out that they had quite a lot. They [... Read More]