The Emptiness – Tongpa Nyid

TONGPA NYID in Tibetan is the emptiness which I drew in the sand in Exmouth beach this morning while walking with my dog. Exmouth is a small town in the south west of England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 in the United Kingdom. I wonder how many would have seen it.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the sky is often referenced to as the emptiness or a void of nothingness. Everything is inherently empty in its nature according to the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and that nothing around us is permanent.

Can you name one thing that is permanent?

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My Top 10 New Year’s Resolution

To start this brand New Year, the new chapter in your life, it is now time to create a new year resolution list. Whatever you decide, be generous and be bold but create a fewer list that can be objectively and realistically attainable.

Here are my top 10 New Year’s resolution ideas I put together which you could add to your own list if you like:

Be Grateful:
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy our family and friends, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom whatever the season. Appreciate and be grateful for what you have. Spend as much time as you can to keep in contact with your family.

We live in a stressful environment and unfortunately, often friends and family relations are the first to suffer. Learn to forgive and reconcile before it is too late.

New Blog:
I will review all my blog pages along with creating a new one. I will also commit to writing a minimum one blog post a month.

Meditation & Practice Mindfulness:
There are four immeasurable qualities one should learn to practice and these are; the quality of Loving-kindness, the quality of Compassion, the quality of Bountiful Joy and the quality of equanimity. These qualities if practiced diligently will help us cultivate and become a mindful individual.

Learn New Skills:
I will endeavour to learn some new languages as it is so easy to learn over the internet these days. I will sign up for some MOOC courses as well and will try to complete them.

Stop Procrastination:
We are great at putting things off for another day and I will try to do the things I can without putting it off for another day.

Less of Us and Them:
Disengage from such a mentality of us and them as this is where the conflicts give birth to. If we cultivate more of Us and less of Them attitude we have the potential to go a long way in promoting peace and harmony.

Healthy Living:
Stop junk food and drink water daily at least a litter at work. Ride my bike at least once a month and walk vigorously a few hours a week.

Reignite and engage my passion for taking photos again and share with everyone. I love making bracelets and will make them and sell on Etsy.

There are so many brilliant and helpful podcasts available. I love listening while walking with my dog as you learn a lot from them. It is easy to procrastinate, but eventually, commit to doing what you said you would do. There is never a good time like the present time, what you do now is the key, not seconds ago, so work with your list right now. All that remains for me to say is best of luck, good health and most of all Happy New Year!

Tashi Delek beyond earth and sky!

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As the year 2018 is about to be wrapped up this is the right time to ask this question. Who is your standout person of the year?

I have so many to name but in the end, I chose our young Bhutanese prince Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, next in line for the golden throne. It was an easy decision after the heart-melting gesture of bowing to our beloved fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck his grandad during the 111th national day celebration in Samtse. It brought tears of joy to see our two-year-old young prince in Bhutanese attire and very cutely following our tradition of respect and honour to our elders and seniors.

I have no doubt after witnessing such an event that our culture, our tradition and our way of life under the wise councils of our two great kings will be preserved further in the years to come.

Now, it is your turn to name one standout person for you in 2018. All the best and have a great new year 2019.

Tashi Delek!

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Conjoined Twins from Bhutan

One of the highlights of the year for me is the surgery of the conjoined Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa in Melbourne, Australia. Their speedy recovery from the complex surgery has stunned doctors who performed the procedures beyond their expectation.

They have not only adapted to living on their own, but barely sit still during rehabilitation. Their dramatic improvement has prompted discussion about their return home to Bhutan but no timeline has yet been set.

Following their first medical examination since being discharged from the hospital the head of paediatric surgery Joe Crameri said they had far exceeded his expectations, “I just couldn’t believe how mobile and how strong they looked.”

I have no doubt they will carry on getting stronger and healthier each day. We wish both children and their parent all the best for the future. To Australian medical team in Melbourne, we thank you and congratulate you for the success in this complex & challenging surgery. You have given an unforgettable gift to the parent’s of Nima and Dawa and to Bhutan.

Let us pass on our felicitations to the brilliant team of medical staff at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Tashi Delek!

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Your Person of the Year?

As we are almost near the end of the year 2018, it is time to reflect. Who is your standout person of the year in 2018? Name one person and tell us why you have chosen this person.

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The Snow Queen


The Snow Queen theme in Killerton. The story goes, long time ago an evil ogre created a special mirror which, when you looked into it, turned everything really ugly. One day he dropped the mirror which shattered into millions of pieces smaller than the grain of sand.

Gerda and Kay were two children in the city and they were so in love. One cold snowy day Kay saw everything very very ugly as small shattered mirror had gone into his face and heart. He became very mean and unkind to Gerda and left the city with the snow queen.

Gerda was so sad and kept searching for Kay. She eventually finds him with the help from others and kisses him. Her warm tears wash the shattered mirror and he finally sees Gerda. They leave the Snow Queen’s palace and live happily ever after.

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Supplication to the Seven Aspects of Protectress Tārā

Noble Lady, Mother Goddess Tārā,
you dwell within the mother, the unborn
dharmasphere. Giver of ease to
all sentient ones, please protect me
from all peril!

Mother Goddess, please protect sentient
ones who wander cyclic existence—my
mothers whose minds have fallen under
the sway of afflictions, unaware
that they themselves are dharmakāya.

Authentic Mother Goddess, please protect
those in whose being Dharma has
not arisen from the core—those who,
following after [mere] expressions,
have been deceived by base doctrines.

Mindful Mother Goddess, please protect
those distracted with base actions—
those who, having seen the natural
mind, so difficult to comprehend,
do not habituate it.

Goddess of Nondual Mind, please
protect those who, no matter what
they do, are bound by imprints of
dualistic grasping at the mind that is
self-arisen non-dual wisdom.

Omniscient Mother Goddess, please
protect those ignorant of the meaning
of knowable things—those who,
though having dwelt in the true
meaning, are unaware of causes’
and effects’ interdependence.

Complete Buddha Mother, please
protect those persons—disciples yet 
that all things, endowed
with the attribute of unelaborated
space, are inseparable therefrom.

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