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Exploring Threads in Time, Roots of Tibetan Chöd Practice

Who is Padmasambhava? The energy of Padmasambhava is very strong in Bhutan. His special vibration is one of the main reasons I’m here, since he’s been present in my meditations for ...
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Don’t wait for tomorrow

A Dharma talk by Lama D. My beloved friends, I would like to say: Don’t wait for tomorrow. Yes, don’t wait for tomorrow because we never know if we will ...
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We Visit Paro Dzong and Spend Time with Family

Whew! English summer school with my extended family is over, and all projects are finished. To celebrate, we visited temples, museums, gathered with family and ate lots of Bhutanese food ...
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Bhutan Greeting Cards with Buddha Quotes from the Kangyur

These art greeting cards illustrate some of the cultural beauty of Bhutan. I designed the cards from many of my photographs with other added elements. Each card contains a Buddha ...
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Clear Skies and Summer School in Bhutan

This is the final week of English summer school. Baby and Kunga worked very hard to finish their projects. Baby finished her eight essays in English. Kunga did a book ...
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Who is Zhabdrung, the Father of Bhutan?

By Tshering Yangdon. A large statue of a smiling bearded Lama with a red hat dominates the hall of every monastery in Bhutan. Who is the father of Bhutan? Zhabdrung ...
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The Buddha’s first sermon after his awakening

Yes, this is the famous Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. The Buddha’s first sermon, word for word, in English, after he attained enlightenment. This sutta is called “Setting the Wheel of Dharma in Motion”. With ...
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We Visit the Buddha’s Birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal

We took a trip to Lumbini. It’s an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu. Yep, we left at 4am with the Lama, his daughter Baby, myself, and Lama’s trusted driver Manbadhur. I ...
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What were Milarepa’s last words?

The great monk Milarepa has a powerful presence in Tibet and Bhutan. A famous poet and singer, Milarepa practiced as a layman and never took monastic vows of a monk ...
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The Five Kings of Bhutan, and a Sixth in the Making

By Tshering Yangdon. Bhutan is a kingdom that follows a constitutional monarchy form of government. It is one of the happiest countries in the world where people live in harmony, ...
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The Divine Madman of Bhutan, Drukpa Kunley

Who is Drukpa Kunley? It’s time for you to meet Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman, one of the most celebrated characters in Bhutan (1455–1529). He came from the Tibetan tradition ...
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Meet the Blue Poppy, National Flower of Bhutan

No, it’s not an opium-producing poppy, but it is a mythical one. The mesmerizing and hypnotically bright blue poppy, Meconopsis gakyidiana, was once believed to be a legend, as it’s ...
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