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Arun Poudel

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A guide for life

Published On: July 19, 2019 10:12 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

What makes for a compelling read? – This is a question that has always baffled and continues to baffle writers, would-be writers, and publishers. Even for a reader like me, this is a perplexing question. For every book I read, I have a different thought about what did or didn’t make it special. It’s even more difficult to make a translation of a non-fiction – a spiritual book for that matter – a compelling read.

Finding your balance

Published On: June 28, 2019 08:12 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

Now-a-days concepts like work-life balance and mental wellbeing are being given as much importance as productivity and efficiency. But in a world driven by outwardly success, how does one find the inner calm? And does one come at the cost of the other? Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a well-known Buddhist master, says it needn’t be so.

Then & now

Published On: May 24, 2019 08:51 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

Many houses in the earthquake-affected villages of Sindhupalchok have finally been reconstructed. And while this comes as a respite for the locals, they also confess that the brick and mortar structures that have replaced ones with traditional architecture have made the villages lose their charm and uniqueness.

Boundless love

Published On: February 14, 2019 03:11 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

Every year, people around the world celebrate February 14 as the day of love. Young or old, male or female or the ‘others’, people rush to show their affection to their loved ones. But oftentimes, what we actually show is attachment, not affection.

A matter of perspective

Published On: July 20, 2018 08:52 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

Sandra Magnus, a former American astronaut and NASA scientist, on life and how nothing is a big deal, if you don’t make it out to be.

Charya Nritya: Dancing for enlightenment

Published On: May 11, 2018 07:32 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

The common belief is that to experience enlightenment one must sit motionless and be completely still. Dance seems antithetical to enlightenment. But not many know of Charya Nritya, or Charya dance. Charya is a sacred form of Buddhist art, which, if done properly with right understanding, will lead to enlightenment, as per the Newar Buddhist tradition of Nepal.

Be your own light

Published On: April 30, 2018 12:40 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

Buddha’s motive was not to create a mass of followers and establish a new philosophy. He just wanted people to come out of suffering.

A rare everest trek

Published On: April 19, 2018 08:07 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

For Scott Doolan, a paraplegic athlete from Australia, it’s the mind, not the body, that limits you. “It’s all in your mind. If you want to achieve something, you know you can achieve it,” the 29-year-old fitness enthusiast told Republica when he returned from the mountains to Kathmandu earlier this month.

Finding the diamond within

Published On: March 29, 2018 08:56 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

It was an evening like no other. It was a talk like no other. And it was an invitation to do something that most of the 'modern' men and women would have no time to do.

Meditation can slow ageing process: Richard Davidson

Published On: March 20, 2018 05:00 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

REPUBLICA, March 20: Happiness is a skill, and people can learn it in a matter of few hours. And meditation is a way to learn that skill.

Let Buddhas be

Published On: March 5, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

Buddha did not waste time in trivial things. Where one is born and where one dies were none of his business. Citizenship and nationality were not his concerns

Learning to die, learning to live

Published On: November 28, 2017 09:22 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

Death is the biggest unknown. That's why it is man's biggest fear.  It is the ultimate truth and there is no running away from it. Countless people have tried to do that in the human history, but everybody has failed.

Imparting life lessons

Published On: November 17, 2017 08:50 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

If you think spirituality and education are two disconnected concepts that don’t go hand in hand, a short trip to Chobhar, about 10 kilometers south of Kathmandu, can prove you wrong. At Tsoknyi Gechak School you will be able see how spirituality and education actually reinforce each other.

Mainstreaming Gumba Schools

Published On: November 11, 2017 10:18 AM NPT By: Arun Poudel

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Buddha’s most basic teaching comprises four noble truths: there is suffering in life, there are causes to the sufferings, there is cessation to sufferings, and there is a way that leads to the cessation of sufferings.