Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Understanding Buddha from a layman's point of view

Photo of His Eminence Garab Rinpoche narrating the story of Lord Buddha. Image courtesy: Facebook timeline of Dorji Phuntsho.

As Buddhists, the first and foremost thing we should know is that Lord Buddha is not God. He was never a superhuman like those Gods worshiped by other religious communities across the world. He neither created life on Earth, nor did he have any role in the creation of natural phenomena around us. He never claimed to have created this universe. He was just a researcher who found answers to worldly suffering and showed us the path to enlightenment. This was the key message His Eminence Garab Rinpoche conveyed during the observation of the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha at Kuensel Phodrang in Thimphu on 17th June 2019. Taking advantage of the huge presence of young people at the event as well as considering the underlying significance of the auspicious day, Rinpoche briefly shared the biography of Lord Buddha especially to help young people understand who he was and how did he attain enlightenment.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Elevating the teaching profession by motivating teachers

Many of us who had lived through the late 20th century would agree that teaching used to be considered one of the noblest professions in Bhutan. Until 1990s, to join the teaching profession was a matter of pride and honor because the society had a huge respect for teachers. When I was a student, I had many friends who wanted to become teachers in life, not for any additional monetary incentive, but for the love and respect they would enjoy from the society. Even my late father had wanted me to become a teacher because he too knew the nobility of the teaching profession.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Raising children without a village

Those of us who grew up in the village would realize how convenient it was for our parents to raise us during our childhood. Whenever we fell sick, our parents did not have to cancel their appointments or take leave from work. They always had someone from the family circle to come over and take care of us for the day. Even when our parents were away for several days, we always had the love and blessings of our grandparents, uncles, aunts or neighbors. We never felt alone. But now that we are in the towns and cities, our kids are mostly growing up in a compartmentalized world, cut off even from the closest neighbor.