Monday, June 2, 2014

The Kanglung Zangdopelri. Zangdopelri considered to be the paradise of Guru Rinpoche.

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”
-Dalai Lama
I believe that religion is the best way for a human being to dwell in harmony with each other but the best thing is to be kind which is far greater than any religion. I was born a Buddhist and raised as one but that doesn’t mean that I do not respect other religion. I respect any kind of religion that does not include causing harm to other beings. Other than Buddhism, I admire the story of Christ where he dies for the people. I like to read biblical stories and my favourite one is about the Fall of Mankind. The Fall of Mankind is clearly elaborated in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Adam and Eve, the ‘Parents of Mankind’ disobeyed god which led to the downfall of man. According to the book of Enoch, Gadreel is the main cause for the corruption of mankind by letting the serpent in the garden of Eden. Where as Milton’s book states it as Eve who fell for the words of the devil and ate the forbidden fruit and urged Adam to eat it as well causing the fall. A negative side to female sex is given in it and for now through generations women are considered inferior to men. Most women regret being born that way and do not appreciate the responsibility that comes with being a woman.
I really hate the discrimination that is done against women marking us women as a weakling. Being a woman can be the greatest thing one can ever attain since with it comes a burden of giving life and love to a family. In our Buddhist context we have the Green Tara who represent the feminine god who gives faith and hope to us especially the women. She is the first female god to attain enlightenment after the Buddha and she claimed that she be born as a female in every generation proving to us that the female race is no less inferior to men. Every great man is born out of a woman and one should never forget the pain and suffering a mother goes through while giving birth and raising their children. “No man is poor who has a godly mother.” So I just want to urge people not to think of us any less than how you view your male friends as.

Since my blog does not stick with a single theme, I’m writing everything that comes to my mind. I hope my readers will enjoy reading my stuffs, it may not be well structured and interesting as other blogs but I‘ll try to make it entertaining as I get used to writing here.  Since I’m still an amateur blogger, I don’t have any kind of writing that would be important for now.

                His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Archbishop Desmund Tutu.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
-Herman Cain

To be successful in life you have to love what you are doing. Failure comes to everyone once in a while but that doesn’t mean that it is the end of the road for you. Well in my case, I don’t really know what I love doing. I just enjoy being in my room watching movies but that is not a good habit which I’m adopting. As an active media student here in Sherubtse College, I have to live up to the expectations of others and help in every way I can.
I never thought that I would be doing Journalism but after learning and knowing stuffs which I had no idea about, this course has been really fun. Media in Bhutan is not as advanced as other countries. The only media course which is here in Sherubtse started only in 2013. Since we are being taught on various issues going around in the country, I really wonder if Bhutan can really keep up with the notion of ‘Gross National Happiness’ which was introduced by our very own Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Our country since it is still in the process of development, rely too much on other countries. Rather than focusing on improving what we already have, we are bent on achieving something which has still a long way to go. The greatest gift that we have from our fore fathers is our rich green environment and we must strive towards protecting it for the generations to come.  
The Social Media
We have come to an era where internet has revolutionized the way in which journalism works. Anyone who owns a laptop, computer or even a cell phone can be an active source of news. Today the people don’t rely on the traditional means to get news and information. We do not have to wait for the next edition of the newspaper to update us about an issue going around in the world. Advancement in technology has led us in a place where we as ordinary people can also contribute in giving news and dispersing it to other people through the internet. The popularity gained by the social media helps us in how we perceive the news today. Before it used to be a one sided news only but now since everyone can contribute in this process through the social media, it isn't one sided anymore. Though the techniques of journalism are still there, the internet has allowed them to adapt their way of working.
“The digital age also means that journalism is taking on a new style of writing and editing. Hypertext now enables journalists to write online stories that are multi-dimensional, allowing them the reader to pick their own path through the story.”(Herbert, 2000, p.2)
Through the social media, it has given rise to citizen journalism where every citizen participates in giving news to the readers. A great example of it would be the ‘2004 Boxing Day Tsunami’ where ordinary people contributed more in updating the people around the world about the incident. Blog, facebook, twitter, and other social media sites are gaining a lot of attention today. While it can be beneficial to us, some journalists find it as a threat to their professions.
“Professional experience and literature clearly suggests that new media technologies challenge one of the most fundamental “truths” in journalism, namely: the professional journalist is the one who determines what we the public see, hear and read about the world around us.”(Fulton in Salaverria and Sadaba, 2004, p.189)
Like all new technologies, the internet has both benefits and disadvantages as well. But as the world keeps on advancing, we must go with the flow so that the value of professional journalism would not drop. The traditional means of media may not be popular as before but we can adapt with the new form of media through the internet where we can give out news and information.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

“Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true.” -Max Lucado

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” 
― 14th Dalai Lama