Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Devil of a Crow

Once a merchant was out on his business trip. One the way he had to spend a night in a cave in the middle of dense forest. Soon it began to grow dark. Another uninvited guest came to seek refuge in the same cave. The guest was a lady and she was concealing/hiding her face from him. He had his dinner while she refused to take her share. They were chatting for a while. Accidentally he saw her face that resembled a sealing wax, commonly used by people in the olden days.
The merchant doubted her as non-human creature and chanted mantra and prayed to his protector deities back at home. They began to hear the bells of a horse from afar and approaching nearer to them. The lady guest began to get restless and bewildered. No sooner did the sound of the bell was heard near the cave, than she left the cave. The sound of the galloping hooves followed her hurriedly.
Few minutes later, a man with red face in red gho wearing a metal helmet and a sword, riding a red horse appeared before him. He comforted saying him not to worry. He told him to visit a pond in the morning the walk of which would take few minutes from below the cave. Saying these the red man left the scene. He had a comfortable night and as instructed he went to the pond at the dawn. To his surprise he saw a dead crow.
It’s said that the devil of the crow had come to harm him. But his prayer and mantra was heard by his deities and came to rescue him. Therefore, one must remember our protector deities and never neglect them where ever we go. Our prayers will be always heard by them in times of need provided you have a deep faith in them particularly the Triple Gem.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The merchant who took an oath

Once three merchants were on their business trip to sell bangchungs (a round cane basket used as plate in olden days especially in Kheng region). While travelling around for business, they arrived in a place where there was a haunted mansion in the centre of a huge plain. It was in the middle of thick forest and no neighbours were to be seen around. “Who can spent a night in this mansion?” the first merchant said. “Whoever can spent a night alone in this mansion can get all the bangchung from two,” said the second. “If that is the deal, I can spent a night alone in this mansion,” said the third merchant abruptly, as he was motivated by the promises assured by other two. All three agreed and two of the merchants left the place and halted their night in a cliff, about a mile away from the mansion.
Bangchung

It was dark and soon and soon grew dark. Two of them had their dinner and was chatting over a cup of Ara brought as Laamchang (refreshment). Meanwhile the third merchant also had his dinner. He could not sleep due to loneliness. He was nearby the fire warming himself as he went on chanting Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung, seeking refuge to Guru Rinpoche. By the time it was already 11:30PM. He heard a noise ‘Auw….Auw...’ from a distance of a five kilometers. He was comforted by that and, ‘Auw…Auw…,” replied the merchant, thinking that someone is coming to befriend him for the night. After few minutes Auw…. Auw… was heard from about a three kilometer and he replied in same manner. Then approached from two to a kilometer distance and finally reached near the mansion.
A knock was heard on the door followed by a voice. “Please open the door?” came the voice. “Who are you? Are you a man or a devil?” asked the merchant. “I am a man,” came reply. That went for three times and finally being convinced, he opened the door for the stranger. It’s said that the stranger was with a bunch of dried Khempa Shing (Artemisia) twigs, and dropped it behind the door. He invited the stranger to have a seat and make himself warm. They spent some time chatting. The firewood which merchant had collected began to get exhausted. "What can we do if the ghost is with us right now?" the stranger asked. "Don't worry I have a knife," the merchant replied withdrawing his knife. But he couldn't withdraw the knife.  The merchant was terrified and began to get worried. It’s said that the stranger snarled as and when the fire got deem. The merchant started to burn his bangchungs as the firewood got exhausted. He burned and burned, and it's already nearing to 1:00 am. The goiter started to grow in front of the stranger’s neck and it was swelling. He went on burning his bangchungs which was almost finishing.
There was a river-washed smooth stone (Churel Dho/Gangkola in Kheng dialect) nearby the fireplace. He secretly picked it and with mighty force he hit the goiter. It burst and out came water which ceased the fire completely. At the very moment down fell the five sacks which were hanging from ceilings. The other devils were supposed to have dwelt in those sacks which were made of leather. All of them together had eaten him within a few minutes.
The next morning two merchants went to the mansion to meet their friend. Forget about the friend there was no trace of bangchungs except a handful of bones in the middle of the house on the floor. Two of them left the scene hurriedly and continued their trip.
There is a belief that one shouldn't take an oath, even if you are in dire need. The third merchant was greedy and took an oath that he can spent a night alone in that haunted mansion.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Personal History of Sanity based on contemplative psychology


My formal school education started in March 1992. The moment I entered the classroom I experienced a great sense of joy and happiness. I was appointed class captain by my class teacher. I started learning with keen interest and put extra effort in my studies. My hard works were recognized by all the teachers in the school. I thought, we were all born equal in the eyes of Nature and I could do what others can! But a twist of fate has shattered my dreams and happiness.

1.      Repulsion
When I was in 2nd grade my father became seriously ill and was referred to Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital in Thimphu in mid of summer 1993. My mother attended him in the hospital. We were left behind in the village and were helpless to him. He passed away in June of 1993 there and we couldn’t see his face again. The life in my family has changed unexpectedly.

2.      Beyond Self
To be a teacher had been my childhood dreams or ambition. But I feared that I may not be able to study henceforth and become a teacher. I really didn’t want to suffer like my parents as farmer.

3.      Urge for Discipline
I being the second eldest child among five children in the family I had to think a lot about the family matter. I had to go to my village from school in every weekend to help my mother with the household and well as farming work. The month of June and July is usually a busy month for the famer of our village as they have to plant paddy and cultivate other crops.

4.      Doubt
I wished that my father was alive and everything would have been working fine.  If my father was alive, I need not have to work hard as I need to. Lots of questions arouse in my mind whether to continue my studies or not. But my mother always insisted to study and not to worry about her.

5.      Compassion
My mother was just a simple housewife residing in my secluded village. I could not bear the pain when I saw my mother working day and night to raise her children. I was running through lots of difficulties not knowing what to do. I helped her with some works that I could do the best.

6.      Wakefulness
Had there been counselors in those days I would have sought help from them. But I credit my villagers who served counselors to me. They too suggested me to continue my studies. Then I decided that I would continue my studies and work hard to fulfill my dreams and my mother’s wishes too.

7.      Courage
I finally had to travel all the way from my village to Sarpang to carry Cardamom for three consecutive winters. We had to walk seven full days to reach Sarpang. That was the only way I could earn for myself and for my younger sister to buy uniform and pay school fee.

8.      Letting Go
I thank our mule which my father had raised like his own child in my family. I had to take her to Sarpang to help me earn enough money. I too had to carry 30-35 kg of cardamom to earn additional amount. I never gave up though it was very hard for me and that is the reason why I am a teacher now. I was successful in fulfilling my childhood dreams. I credit my friend Lunten Jamo (mule) who made me a teacher.  I am a happy man now.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Happy Birthday To Your Majesty!


On the joyous celebration of 33rd Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, I personally would like to join the Nation in praying for your Majesty’s long life and wellbeing. May your Majesty be blessed with long life, good health and happiness.
While celebrating this joyous occasion I offer my heartiest gratitude to all the monarchs and pray for peace and progress.

Tashi Delek to your Majesty.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dear Parents, relatives and friends of deceased,

Please accept my sincere condolences. On behalf of the entire ex-students of Drukgyel Higher Secondary School, Paro, please accept our deepest sympathy.
Though I do not know your child, but being an ex-student of the same school, I am deeply grieved to hear the news of your beloved child’s accident last evening and I am still recovering from the shock of it.
I can only imagine what a shock it must be to you and your family and relatives. Would you please pass on my sincere condolences to all of your family members and let them know that we share your sorrow and that we pray for their souls to rest in peace.

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.
With our deepest sympathy,

Kuenga Dendup
Teacher
Damphu LSS,
Tsirang.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Wedding Day

On the auspicious and joyous occasion of Royal Wedding I would like to join the nation in celebrating this historic event and offer my humble prayers for good health, happiness and long reign of Our Beloved Druk Gyalpo. May all Bhutanese enjoy the unlimited peace and prosperity under the dynamic and benevolent leadership of our beloved king. Tashi Delek to our Royal Couple.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Over view of the Second day INSET Programme


Two modules were covered today. They are Fundamentals of Teaching English to Young Learners and Classroom Management in Positive Approaches.  Under Fundamentals of Teaching English to Young Learners, we discussed developing contextual understanding, fundamentals of framework of our language programme, Reading, questioning for comprehension, the anatomy of a storyboard for young learners, improving comprehension for special students, a lighthearted reminder for spelling and spellings and vocabulary teaching.
Under Classroom Management, we discussed how to handle the low level disruptive behaviour students, and framing classroom rules and constructive consequences.