Journal of Bhutan Studies Volume 6, Summer 2002

 1. Brief History of Rigsum Goenpo Lhakhang and Choeten Kora at Tashi Yangtse by Lam Kezang Chhophel

Lama Tshering Gyamtsho from Punakha Dratshang1 who lived during the 18th century was a close disciple of the 9th Je Khenpo2 Shacha Rinchhen. He was destined to explore the sacred places of Guru Rinpochhe3. In his quest, he reached a place called Pemaling located towards the north of Trashi Yangtse in eastern Bhutan. There he found a cave with clear body prints of Rigsum Goenpo (Jampalyang, Chhana Dorji and Chenrezig)4. A powerful local deity called Genyen Phanbu was the guardian of this sacred cave. The Lama befriended the local deity through his spiritual powers and built a small lhakhang for his meditation.

2. Folktale Narration: a Retreating Tradition by Tandin Dorji

To talk of folktales in the Bhutanese context is to discuss on a literary genre popularly known as khaju1 or ‘oral transmission’. It serves as an important tool of communication between one generation and another. Among others, the folktales comprise an indispensable portion of oral literature. In it is seen the manifestation of the popular imagination and creativity representing the Bhutanese patrimony which has been passed down from mouth to ear since time immemorial. The role that it plays in the transmission of moral values, philosophy, beliefs, humour, etiquette, and many other traits specific to the Bhutanese society holds an inescapably eminent place. Despite this importance, the documentation of folktales in Bhutan is still in its infancy.

3. Integral Development: Taking ‘the Middle Path’ Towards Gross National Happiness by Sean Boyd Frye Hargens

This article explores the new approach to development as it is manifesting in Bhutan in two parts. Part I discusses some of the alternative indicators of development that have been employed over the years and part II, the author introduces the field of Integral Ecology, inspired by Wilber’s model. Integral Ecology is an approach to the environment that incorporates science, culture, and spirituality in formulating appropriate responses to the environment

4. Legal Status of the Internet: Are There Lessons to be Learnt from Domain Names and Trade Disputes? by Lungten Dubgyur

In this paper, the author proposes to discuss the nature of the problem and prospects concerning trademarks and domain names disputes and to consider the existing dispute resolution mechanisms available. This paper is divided into three parts. The first part explains the over all situations in Bhutan concerning the introduction of Internet. It provides the basic concepts of trademark and domain name and focus on the issues that are of concern to the author such as the existence of possible conflicts and problems and specifically the arguments as to why there are disputes between trademarks and domain names. The second part explores and deals with the current situations concerning the dichotomy between trademark and domain name registration system. The third and the final part will be dealing with questions such as how the trademark and domain name disputes could be solved.