Thursday, June 1, 2023

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This is an experiential synopsis of how to become a trainer and a speaker we aspire to be. And it’s a pinhole opinion. I suggest that intellectually defensive friends avoid being bothered by it.

It is not true that no one likes to be told what and how we can do things better, there are some who are all ears, all heart and spirit to listen, learn and transform their capacity. And for those who aspire to become a better stand-up inspiration, an engaging, powerful and moving speaker, a trainer and a teacher, we can always learn from others. When we think of our role model as being a motivational speaker, we must know that everybody learnt, was mentored, had been open and adventurous. What made them models are the flaws they overcame, adapted and amended with willingness and veracity of their consistency and focus.

1. Language

Avoid mixing language (Dzongkha-English) and interchanging language every few sentences. No amount of axiom or anecdote will make sense when meaning gets diluted by attempts at jumping from one language to the next. Use language for some time, and shift when required for a purpose.

Reason: It disrupts the flow, diminishes the power and distracts attention.

2.     2. Example usage

Examples should be few, relevant and personally experienced rather than many examples that sometimes are exaggerated, unrealistic and assumed. Share personal stories or draw

Reason: Helps to draw attention, trust and create awe if the story is few and powerful. Getting into many small stories, and drawing from others diverts focus from presentation concepts.

3. Refrain from making assumptions

Refrain from making assumptions from examples, experiences and our own opinions. Assumptions must be foolproof, not as a generalisation but defence for one or two instances.

Reason: Assumptions is a leakage of weak grounding, such leakage weakens the integrity of the concept, skill, and the trainer.

4.       4. Maintain focus on slide

The talk must always be connected to the slide, without getting away from one story to the next and into ambiguous and irrelevant matters. It is unwise to read from the slide to convince the matter. The intention should be to align as strongly to the slide image or message than to solve and prove the questions from the floor.

Reason: Focus and alignment strengthen the attention and engagement of the participants. It helps to minimise time use and time waste. The longer we linger on a slide, the more irresistible it is to wait to see what comes.

5. Humour use

5.       Use humour as an embedded statement and anecdote without telling ‘Now I am going to tell a joke.’ Telling things in a funny way requires wit and experience. Have an awareness that many of the funny stories could already be heard and be sensitive to the quality of humour.

Reason: While humour defines and draws attention and value, it can be detrimental to the diversity of beliefs. The lack of laughter after a joke can indicate that its either obsolete, weak in delivery, irrelevant or monotonous.

6. Teach practicable skills, models or ways

6.       The theories and concepts must be introduced in brevity, with a set of models, principles and strategies. In the digital world, most concepts are accessed and available to people.

Reason: The training or talk reinforces what was mostly learnt or experienced. What people need from a session are one of many; a moment of awe and inspiration that evokes hope and possibility, a model that is relevant and applicable, principles that define process and pathways, statistical data to relate, and research to rely on for change. Opinions are assumptions that are information that must have a foundation.

7.       7. Study and experience

To deepen trust, and dependence and ignite change in belief systems, the speaker must have read the background, depth and diversity of books, research papers and materials that build strong substance.

Reason: Scientific basis, statistical data, and references to books and authors are a compelling resource to motivate, drive and build integrity.

8.       8. Tap on to listener resource

It is not always necessary to reason and defend what we know. The participants are explicit resources we can tap into for discussions and sharing, and draw conclusions from the diversity of experiences.

Reason: Allowing sharing sessions and deliberations, and listening to opinions creates ownership and acceptance of the content learnt in progress, while also gaining the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

9.      9. Communication power and flow

Oratory fluidity and power is a singular instrument that drives empowerment and awe, acceptance and learning, and a memorable experience. When in a presentation mode, avoid drinking water from time to time, chewing gum or doma, and attending to the crowd in a scanning mode. These are very few things to begin to present as a powerful speaker.   

Reason: Models of inspirational speakers are commonly flawless speakers, powerful, graceful and eloquent in language and content. They are prepared to the teeth. Eating and drinking disrupt eloquence and flow and cause distraction or loss of attention.

1010. Maintain connection and flow

The presentation when using powerpoint must move from slide to slide in a flawless process than introducing a topic or concept. There is no necessity to say ‘Now we will talk about…’ when the presentation is on the slide. It is crucial to avoid reading and explaining what is evident for everyone.

Reason: The presentation is a jigsaw puzzle that intends to teach a topic or two, therefore when presented in a flow, it draws attention. Even when closing a session it must be in a smooth and compelling close than an abrupt ‘Let’s break for tea.’

11. Presentation visual quality

Of the many things to avoid what must be placed on a slide, the information or image must be visible to the last bench, avoid using multiple textual colours throughout, and be careful what colour to use to make it prominently readable, refrain from filling whole slide with information but three to six lines, where unavoidable, it must be visible and relevant, maintain relevancy between image and exposition. And be thorough with the slide to its optimal detail. These are a few.

Reason: The quality of the presentation slide defines some qualities of the session and the trainer. The slide quality also contributes to enhancing enthusiasm and learning engagement.

11    12. Create Takeaway gifts

Every talk session, training or sensitisation programmes must be imbued with a few ‘Takeaways’ apart from material learning is what will connect people to the session, creating relevance and memory. In every few minutes of the presentation, the speaker should able to provide the takeaway gifts that are something new, relevant and powerful.

Reason: The existence of gifts maintain participant connection, attention and enthusiasm. Gifts can be a story, anecdote, proverb or experiences.

13    13. Preparation, Power and Pleasure

To honour every minute of service the speaker gives and participants attend to, the primary requirement is Preparation. It is the act of lifelong learning on various subjects through various resources and mastering the content in the presentation slides from all angles to ensure Power. The power depends on the quality of delivery, engagement in the learning process and on all other suggestive shared from 1 to 12. Only when there is preparations done, power created, there is pleasure at learning, only when there is pleasure as an emotional spark, will there be rarely anyone asleep. When someone falls to the monotone of the session, it’s more about who is at the pedestal than about who are on the floor!

I was introduced to becoming a trainer, a motivational speaker sometime in 2016 when nationwide training on Transformative Pedagogy and Communication Skills began. I owe this to the door opener, my close friend Director Tashi Namgyel, MoESD, to enter into the colosseum of opportunities. The battle was unstoppable, learning was vast and celebrations unending. What made me able to grow and stand without much hesitance, to make some contributions to the learning and welfare of civil servants and students was my decades of reading habit since childhood, my friendship with bibliophiles, and my courage to accept mistakes and learn from others.

I remind you, I am no Guru on how best to become a motivational speaker. Dr. Simon Sinek probably would have told you many times about it. I am only sharing from a small niche of my experience.

Namgyal Tshering


Dechentsemo CS

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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 No one is a savage.

A teacher makes a mistake, everyone does, at one time or another. Some people wrote he is a savage. No teacher in Bhutan can be branded savage.

It is not the first incidence of a teacher being lashed out with hatred and dragged to court for one incidence of punishment levied on a child. While the media coverage of a teacher whipping and making marks on a 7 year old demonised a teacher, we forgot the number of years of his good service, his sacrifices, and the inspiration he must have been to others.  But the media is not wrong to raise as well, that’s the role of media.

Science and philosophy tell us that action is the result of thought allowed to be disturbed by circumstance. No one is trained well enough to understand that it is not the circumstances but the interpretation of our thoughts on it that triggers chain of events. Any one can make a mistake, and from over nine thousand teachers, one or two will get into conflict. That doesn’t make teacher savage.

Many underlying circumstances may have prompted him to lash out. It was wrong for him to lose self-control, and if his aggression is everyday behaviour, it will be unacceptable and unsafe for other children.  I doubt if any teacher would be on a lashing spree for every small misdemeanour of children. There surely must be some norms required to adhere to, and teachers might have reminded them many times.

Over the last few years, we are seeing an increasing incidence of children failing to be obedient at class work. Students have to be compelled to write homework, they have to be kept under the nose during the study to maintain focus, students have no discomfort at not completing homework, no discomfort in walking out of class, being disruptive and regardless. Something about our students has made them indifferent, free and frivolous. Sometimes, I doubt if we can infuse them with the mettle to be honest, courageous, discipline, benevolent and reverent as they grow up.

Teachers have much bigger role to counsel and discipline than teach their lesson.  Our teachers take massive risk in using stick and levying corporal punishment with a hope that it would deter indiscipline and disobedience and encourage rightful conduct. It’s a risky affair to be parenting hundred of children on a daily basis, each of them from diverse backgrounds; from broken families, from pampered homes, from wealthy house, from innocent homes, truants and teasers, bullies and broken hearts, intellectuals and visionaries, ignorant and insecure, and so many types in one roof to care for!

At our homes, we are challenged by our children unwilling to adhere to norms we expect of them. We are challenged when they have to be woken up every morning, have to be asked to eat on time, dress on time, come home on time. We are challenged when children have to be detached from the phone and television. We have challenges when controlling them from taking drugs, smoking and chewing baba. We are challenged by their temper, their freewill behaviour. We are distraught by our inability to parent them, and often we hope they could tone down and come home as a good son.

In a school, there are hundreds and thousands of students, everyone from varying backgrounds, with a diversity of manner issues, tastes and hopes. In my school, mere twenty teachers have the parental responsibility to care for some three hundred children. That is 15 children a teacher to parent on average, and every class teacher with no less than 30 in a class to teach, guide, advise, counsel, remind, track, train, record, meet, listen to, hear from, care and concern about. When teaching responsibility is overwhelmed by the barrage of other responsibilities, particularly disciplining, the stress and strain on a teacher is beyond any pay scale, in fact. Yet, teachers manage to make the most of their time to ensure students are guided, advised, counseled, reminded, tracked, trained, recorded, met, listened to, heard from, cared and concerned about. Are these subtle yet vital roles ever going to be measured, or respected by society?

We may blame the teacher for making marks on a child, but we fail to think about the teacher’s situation from his perspective; the demands, the causes, the reasons that must have led him to do. We cannot brand him savage, cruel or heartless for whatever the case. A teacher never keep a grudge on a parent and punish a child, his teacher instinct would never let him do anything like that. His Buddhist conscience would not let him lose himself.

When I see how much teachers do beyond their primary teaching role, I simply wonder if there are any other civil services that can be crucial and magnanimous to rely on for what becomes of a child in future. During the pandemic, we know parents counted days to send children to school, many said, children were better at school than at home. The underlying reasons were parents being challenged in parenting. Parents therefore must know that teachers’ roles in school over the decades have only become bigger and more complex, more riskier, more accountable, it is simply growing in day.

Every teacher makes an inexplicable effort to discipline children at school. It is frustrating to want to do something about students to make them humble, obedient and enthusiastic to learn, compete and grow when in fact one or the other fail from time to time, some repeatedly. It is even more painful to have parents raise voice, charge and vent against teachers for petty actions taken.

“Sir, my son was humiliated in the class, he is denying to eat dinner also.” The message intends that if child become ill or take his life, teacher is accountable. “Sir, my son was kept standing outside the classroom for failing to write homework. It is unfair.” It intends that child must be kept inside, and favour him even if he fails his task. When a child is caught smoking in the toilet and parent is called for disciplinary action, parent would appeal on child’s behalf to be reconsidered. These are iceberg example. There are very many incidents teacher tackle everyday hoping things would change.

Unfortunately, sometimes, out of sheer loss of self-control, teacher makes mistake of trying to correct a child the wrong way, because the right way failed to. This teacher then get penalised for failing the penal code. It is a forgivable incident if the damage was not exaggerated and assumed. One child and one teacher from one school and everyone thinks it is everywhere! When working with hundreds of students, it is possible that sometimes issues like the recent case can become a disturbing story. Does an incident make a man a bear?

Some have branded the teacher a savage. Even a pack of tigers in the savannah are not savage. The pack kills a bison only when prompted by their hunger, not for entertainment. A teacher is a human being, another man, a father to his children, a teacher who would always want to give the best and expect the best. He must be a good father, a great friend, a loyal teacher, and a son who has been an example.

The teacher may be now a bad teacher in the view of everyone, but does that make him a savage? Often when teachers come to the dark light of the media for similar incidences, a teacher is court marshalled by people without any consideration for whatever good he must have been.

We must understand that, it must never be by intent to dishonour the penal code, but a simple act gone harsh on a child who is a ‘chey chey’ to a most caring parent. Often when our best intentions and hope is ravaged by opposing forces, our savage nature can take us over. We are also savage when we are hurt and angered, we also sometimes say and do things that are savage out of love and jealousy.

If I was that parent, I could have questioned, not necessarily make news out of it. I can empathise the pain parent must have felt, and I can also empathise the teacher for that accidental outcome. I have made mistakes when I was a young teacher, and often students’ disruptive behaviour, their lack of concern and care about what school defines, their total disregard of our most sublime intentions about their future, trigger us to take step to punish them. It takes an elephant’s patience to rattled us into making a mistake.

Parents must know that, we love your child like you would, for they stay more with us then with you. You may have given birth and you may be supporting their education, but education is what we model, teach, guide, counsel, and moments of a family we live every day in school. We are savage not to care much of our own children than we care about yours. I don’t get time to teach my sons, but I do for yours. 

That is savage of me to deny my children my wisdom.




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Thursday, January 12, 2023

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LEADING TOGETHER: Small Things Matter

A principal is not a position of power but a place for demonstrating enlightened leadership, in every small ways. This way what principal is will be imbibed within the leadership character of teachers and then to students. 

One of my leadership style is to sit and work together with my colleagues not by displaying authority of power or position but as friends. I try to make them feel connected, friendly and welcome by connecting to them, visiting their workplace and joining them in all social gathering.

I try not to make them feel free to enter my office like they enter their home, trying to ensure that they have no hesitance or fear to come to me to ask for leave, help, discussion or any other reasons. 

I never lose temper upon my colleagues or be vengeful even if they fail to perform as per my aspiration, rather I have tried to communicate to understand the circumstances, knowing that they too are human, and mistakes they make is opportunity for me to redirect them.

To sing together like horde of wolves to celebrate, to laugh to a conversation  together, to debate and discuss common matters over a birthday party, to work together at brush cutting, to evaluate examination papers as a team, to visit ailing colleague or a neighbour, and make a pilgrimage together are opportunities I have to practice leadership with my staff.

It is only by working together like friends, yet maintaining the spirit of responsibility and accountability that we can rejoice working as a family. This is but my style of leadership.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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Funeral expenditure is becoming a massive and a practical waste of resources with huge part of expenditure on extravagant meals. The intention is to give away on charity for the benefit of the demised. But does that mean the meals served after the dead at the funeral must be no less than a marriage banquet? 

I am beginning to understand that a funeral ceremonies in towns are better than those in villages, and very expensive affair. In the recent years even those in villages are beginning to become a costly affair. The banquet is fine, it is believed to increase merit ‘a Gewa’ if people are happy and pleased. 

There is unacceptable culture growing with people coming to offer condolences and for mourning- they have choices for drinks. Why should we buy ‘Breezer’ drinks so much than local wine to serve? I asked. The responses were that mourning visitors anticipate Breezers because in other funerals it was served that and people like that. If what must be served should go by what people desire, dead ceremonies will soon become a party hall. It already is in fact.

People visiting to offer condolences are going to a party hall than to a mourning altar. In Bhutanese culture people do not go empty hand to the mourning house, they take things as an act of condolence, nevertheless, the house of the deceased will have to serve varieties of meals and choices of beer and whiskies. 

The flurry of activities is no different from any marriage party. Instead of mourning and praying, perhaps even meditating in solemn silence, the place becomes a hall of laughter, of telling stories, of talking about other people, of business and politics too. This may be crude to say so, but this is a painful scene for those who mourn and those who have meagre to expend. When behaviours become custom, and custom give rise to culture of a place, the behaviour can become irrevocably less meaningful act of service.

In many funerary events, meat is beginning to become secondary, and many educated people make it vegetarian. This is a value that has been imbibed into Bhutanese psyche, propagated by HH The Je Khenpo in the recent past. It was a spiritual advice and rational by any philosophical logic to refrain meats from meals during home rituals and funeral events. 

People’s craving can be ravenous. Although meat servings are declining, it is beginning to be replaced by choices people have for drinks. At another funeral event a few years ago, a family was loading crates of ‘Spy’wine. This was to serve visitors with it because it was peoples’ choices. They said, visitors demanded it. The cost on the grieving family may be rather costlier than what we contribute to lighten the weight of expenses and the heart that mourn!

Why do we visit house of the bereaved? The answer and the act have become a contradiction. We visit to pay tribute to the deceased and offer condolences to the grieving family. We are expected to offer prayers and respects, to praise the deceased and comfort the bereaved. I anticipate a solemn gathering of people who sit together in prayers, be part of the ritual, talk in modest ways and also be served modestly. I don’t expect laughter echoing roof to roof, visitors becoming drunk and arguments and debates inciting the solemn space!

After Queen Elizabeth passed away, from the the day to the burial, it became a solemn state of affairs. People donned black garments to mourn, offered flowers, lit candles, sang solemn songs and mass prayers. It was a silent ceremony yet extravagant in how ceremonial events unfolded. They even walked in silent and slow paces. In any other funeral ceremonies of the West, there is a significance and honour of bereavement, by mourning in decent respect and by offering condolence with deep spiritual reflections. The funeral ceremonies doesn’t seem to be a banquet but a benevolent celebration of the life lived.

Today funeral events in our villages are also changing, from a modest state of affairs to an extravagant event. In our village and even in towns people need to be offered copious variety of choices to drink. While providing meals, tea and some beer and whisky is normal, people are now expecting to have their choices to lavish on. In my village people seek Redbull drinks and Fizzer drinks too. After their departure, countless empty bottles will be lain waste and so much in the store. Is this necessary, to quench the palate by their choices? 

It may appear like the charity, a generous offering for the transition of the soul of the dead, but will extravagant drinks and meals have any benefit to the dead? Should people sincerely offer prayers and deep wishes in remembrance of the dead than desire choices to serve. I doubt if this is what is in the canonical teachings of the Buddha!

In fact, the gathering becomes a space for people communion, to laugh and regale the gathering of relatives and friends. The dead is barely talked about or prayed for. The after death rituals and prayer ceremonies are also becoming a costly affair. In towns, like Thimphu, the monks have set a standard value for their services. The sort of competition is only growing exponentially. It is impossible to have 21 days of ritual without expending over two to three lakhs. Does the value of money equal value of life lost, or will that value of money make bigger difference to the soul of the late?

Visiting a grieving family is a age old culture. We visit to provide support upon death of a member.  The traditional visits are in 7th, 14th, 21st, 49th and on an anniversary. This has glued our filiality, bringing together relatives and people. The events provide space for people to provide moral support for each other during the painful hours and days. These are days on which rituals and prayers are offered, and family bond together to pay respects. The days of mourning are solemn days to make offering to Buddhas, Dharmapalas, deities and other unfortunate beings. The days are opportunities to practice act of generosity, by offering rituals, chanting prayers, raising flags and offering foods. 

What is very important in such dark moments to help the dead and the grieving family will be offering of sincere prayers from monks and people. Sometimes we must recall, how we can serve better by being part of the family.

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

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To parents who think teachers aren't doing enough
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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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 There is a blunt truth why people leave for Australia, America or Canada, currently most to Australia. 

While local research and data, news and noises tend to portray reasons for leaving to, workload, hierarchy, lack of amenities, work atmosphere, lack of incentives and recognition and many such, the hidden reason is the Dollar.

The blunt truth is that they who leave leave to make better income. The calculations and comparisons are on money they earn in a week what they earn in months here at home. I know several friends who have returned after their tryst in Australia, and I am compelled to envy them. They have life savings that I can’t make in a decade more also. They have better cars bought without loans. They bought land  without loan. They have flats and house to go to even before retirement. They are living more luxurious and secure life.  

The rush to Australia is a short window to ensure better earning. This is the blunt end of truth we won’t answer even in a data survey!

It’s not workload. We know they work harder than they ever did while on the chair. They perform multiple works in a day, as cleaners for a time, taxi for another and harvesting grapes for yet another. 

It’s not hierarchy. We know, those who were leaders here work under less educated supervisors. If quality of work pleases them they get to work with sense of security.

It’s not recognition or incentives. Their is no huge recognition or rich incentive for menial works done, yet people work even at the oddest and in riskiest places. 

It is not working amenities. They aren’t provided with iPads and cars, house and offices, yet everyone works zealously second to second. 

It is not for academic learning and upskilling. The priority is not to study, to get certified for Masters or Doctoral degree. These degrees have no advantage in how much we earn at work. It is a way for one to work and other to study and work.

If we look at stories of how Bhutanese emigrant works in Australia Day and night without hue and cry, and yet rejoice the beaches and city lights, we have been complacent while on their chairs here. We expect everything to be given as we desired even without sweating as much as we would in Australia. Bhutanese are proving to be reliable and capable muscles wherever they work outside Bhutan.

Bhutanese leaving to Australia may be a brain drain but they also contribute towards Bhutan’s economy. In the report by The Bhutanese 2021, ‘As per the RMA’s monthly statistical bulletin in 2020 of the total Nu 8.269 bn remittance to Bhutan, Bhutanese in Australia made up Nu 5.343 bn. A distant second was Bhutanese in USA sending in Nu 2.479 bn.

This is incredible considering that just in 2018 Bhutanese in USA sent Nu 1.371 bn and those in Australia sent Nu 1.591 bn.’

This indicates that more Bhutanese who are in Bhutan are able to own land and build houses, live healthier life. When they return home, they life humbler life, having experienced the harsh realities of work and money. If a family lives a better life, if children can be provided better education, this is also a long term national asset. 

We know stories of how Bhutanese people bruise and burn at work. They suffer from back aches and head aches,  but are resilient to keep working until their dues are paid and savings are made. Many are emotionally disturbed, homesick and lonely, but they thrive as a community, looking after each other as a family of Bhutanese. Life cannot be bed of roses where thorns are natural outcomes of risk we take. One of the most painful moments are to be away from our children and ageing parents. We cry, we work, we laugh, we bruise, we sing, and sunsets comes and goes. 

If dollars have to be minted, we have to shed the pride of our titles. Their is never a easy way wherever we are, whatever we do. My position and power will be unable to provide better life for my children, and if I have to worry over it all the time on how to meet our ends, I cannot be as productive as I would if I my bank balance is secure. But by the position and power I am entrusted, I am able to contribute to nation building significantly, inspiring, transforming and making incremental differences in the lives of students and place I work. 

People will leave, knowledge and skill will be drained. It will never be same again, but the machinery must keep running. It’s not a political exodus, it is not a mass banishment. There is always an advantage. Someone will take over, someone will learn to run differently. For the system to run for a new century, we will need to from and nurture our young population and those who remain loyal to their task. We must know that, not everyone will have the convenience and karma to take flight to Australia, and those who did cannot become an Australian.

Note: This is neither to comment nor to contradict anyone. I appreciate that they who leave are destined.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

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 The tradition

In a tradition of displaying true and highest devotion to their Guru, Lama Wangdi’s disciples offered a Dharma Crown to to their teacher. The tradition existed since the time of Guru Padmasambhava. The King of Zahor is said to have offered Padma Dharma hat to Guru Padmasambhava to pay tribute and display his true devotions. 


The ceremony was a display of eternal and pure devotion to the teacher and teachings. For Lama Wangdi, who have lived all his life as a hermit teacher, in retreats and prayers for most of his days, the dharma hat signifies his devotees’ devotion and Buddha dharma Lama has been able to propagate in more than five decades of teaching.

The Ceremony

It was a humble investiture ceremony organised by Lama Wangdi’s disciples at Dragkarpo hermitage on the auspicious day of the Medicinal Buddha, on 4th September 2022. The ceremony was attended by his disciples, relatives and followers.

The Dharma Crown

The dharma crown is Padma Hat, signifying the Nyingma hat worn by the Guru Padmasambhava. The hat is embroidered in Nepal with fine brocade which is interlaced with garments of Bodhisattvas and Rinpoches, and anointed with relics and remains of great masters.

The hat has two layers, symbolizing the Development Stage(Kedrim) and Completion Stage(Dzogrim) of the Vajrayana practice. The hat has three points, symbolizing the Buddha's three bodies. The five colors of the hat symbolize the five colors of spiritual accomplishments. The sun and moon pattern on the hat symbolizes the combination of activity and wisdom. The blue edge symbolizes the eternal vow to practice to benefit sentient being and enlightenment. The crest symbolizes the indestructibility of meditation and attainment of oneness with the Mind. The eagle feather decor symbolizes the supreme Dharma.

Lama’s disciples

Lama Wangdi had been teaching for more than forty years. Many of his disciples are teachers or retreatants in the hermitages across the country, some abroad. Many have completed three year retreats, some two and three cycles, and meditation practices in Longchhen Nyingthig and Tersar teachings. Some of disciples include Khenpos and Tshampas who had been ardent practitioners for decades.


Lama Wangdi, a retreatant(Tshampa), a lay monk, Gomchen, all his life, have begun his life as a monk from Trongsa Rabdey in his childhood. When his father became Yonphula Drungpa, Lama Wangdi left Trongsa for Trashigang. Yongphula Monastery soon after to learn from late Lama Karpo who was one of the foremost disciples of late Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdrel Yeshi Dorji. 

Lama Wangdi and his siblings are from Trongsa Laushong. Their father then was serving at the Dzong as Gorap. He was famously called Kheng Mitobom of Shingkhar and later had been Drungpa at Wamrong in Trashigang.

Lama Wangdi had been practicing Chod under the tutelage of Lama Karpo, receiving empowerments from His Holiness Dudjom and many luminaries of Nyingma and Kajyud. The stories of his travels to India to receive teaching are extraordinary feat of devotion, determination and courage.


Rising up the ranks as a gomchen under tutelage of Lama Karpo, his primary teacher, Tshampa Wangdi became Umze, a chant leader at the monastery. 

He was known for his rigour and focus as  monk, disciplined at ritual practices. He had been a devoted practitioner who had several years of retreat practices and ritual experiences, learning and meditation. His disciples are are comparably less than his years of practices but are successful practitioners.


Lama Wangdi stayed at Pelri Goenpa in Paro Bongdey as caretaker for several decades. He began teaching and taking devoted followers while at Pelri Goenpa with spiritual aspiration to propagate Buddhism. Today, Lama Wangdi lives near Dragkarpo in a humble makeshift home with his consort, providing teachings to his disciples who are at retreats around Dragkarpo and other hermitages.

Living in Paro for many years, Lama Wangdi is today one of the most sought for ritual performer, healer and teacher in Paro. Over the recent years his devotees in Chod practice have increased many times, including young and the old. Lama Wangdi in his late seventies already is one of the oldest retreat masters, Chod practitioners and ritual performer.


Lama Wangdi is the only surviving younger brother of my father. I

When I saw Aku Tshampa, as we popularly call him, he was a Ngagpa, wearing white silk gown and Khamze scarf, with lock of hair and ivory earring. He resembled Marpa Lotsawa as I saw it in the comic books.

Aku Tshampa has been one of my inspiration and a teacher in my practices in Throma Chod. After I began my preliminary practices since 2003, I was guided and  learnt through his filial advices.

Over the years, I have quietly appreciated Aku Lama’s unforgiving way of discipline ,indefatigable practices; his early rising prayers and consistency at making regular offerings with ardent passion to Buddha Dharma.

Aku Tshampa told me that, our practices must be relentless, reflective and consistent, evolving towards seeking meaning beyond mere ritualistic practices. He has inspired me and guided me more by what he is than what I couldn’t learn formally from him. 

This are little things I write to pay tribute to a hidden Yogi, a man with a steel of devotion to Dharma.

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