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Bhutan's dark secret to happiness

By Eric Weiner, BBC, 8 April 2015

Citizens of one of the happiest countries on Earth are surprisingly comfortable contemplating a topic many prefer to avoid. Is that the key to joy?

Thimphu, Bhutan -- On a visit to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I found myself sitting across from a man named Karma Ura, spilling my guts. Maybe it was the fact that he was named Karma, or the thin air, or the way travel melts my defences, but I decided to confess something very personal.


Thousands of Bhutan's poorest children living and studying in monasteries can now report any mistreatment or abuse

by Annie Kelly, theguardian.com, 20 February 2013

Timphu, Bhutan -- The Dechen Phodrang monastery sits on top of a steep hill overlooking the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Since the 16th century, prayer flags have fluttered in the hills around Dechen Phodrang, one of thousands of monastic orders scattered throughout this tiny Himalayan kingdom.


Smartphones, TVs hurting Buddhist culture in Bhutan

AFP Aug 8, 2013

THIMPHU, Bhutan -- Kencho Tshering, a red-robed Buddhist monk, takes a call from the King of Bhutan's office, then duly dashes off to start a ceremony praying for a break in the monsoon rains.


Bhutan Makes Condoms Available To Buddhist Monks To Stop Spread Of STDs

By Vishal Arora, Religion News Service, March 29, 2013

Timphu, Bhutan -- Health officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are making condoms available at all monastic schools in a bid to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among young monks who are supposed to be celibate.


Keep Tai Situ off Bhutan soil, King urges Manmohan

By Yatish Yadav, New Indian Express, 17 March 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- The Ministry of Home Affairs is scratching its head over a travel request from controversial Buddhist monk Tai Situ Rinpoche, who wants to visit Bhutan.


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