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?
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 enlightenment.
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 links to children’s learning and cognitive skills.
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.
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?