Bhutan Kingdom of Happiness – Visit Bhutan to experience
Bhutan lies in the middle of two giant countries, China in the North and India in the South. It is famously known as miniature size of 38,394 sq.km to the world and mostly covered with forest of 72.5% (NSB, 2006).
The arrival of Guru Rinpoche in 7th century for three times and mediated in different places had made our country very unique and important. The spread of Buddhist teaching among the people had remained with every Bhutanese till date, which has the ripple effect in making us compassionate practitioners. The different manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and his significance of subduing demons had left different depictions in the form of stones and statues have contributed in knowing the rich history of Bhutan. And these relics in different temples and lhakhangs are important monuments for us to worship in generating merit to achieve happiness and peace.
In 17th century, the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel from Tibet and his contributions in building different dzongs and temples had left unique structures in Bhutan. His several wars with Tibet had shown the strength of Bhutanese people and left no county attack us. His wise leadership was passed on to our monarchs in keeping our country independent and peaceful. The unique dress of Bhutanese called gho for men and kira for women have made Bhutanese look different from rest of the world and contributed in remaining Bhutan as independent and sovereign.
Further more, in 20th century the start of hereditary monarchy and wise leadership from Wangchuck dynasty has contributed in making our country unique and known to the world by starting modern education and opening the doors in becoming the membership in different world organizations and NGO’s, that had helped Bhutan to achieve it’s fifth five year plans through donations and support from the member countries. The bilateral relationship with Indian government has huge influence in developmental plans and modern education system.
In 21st century, the shift of Monarchy to Constitutional Democracy as the gift from the throne has set the record of leader giving his power to the general people. The gift was to ensure equality among the people and choice their own leaders to support the developmental activates in their respective districts.
The start of GNH (Gross National Happiness) by fourth Druk Gyalpo has gained many International attentions in knowing how GNH plans vital role in all the developmental plans in the country. When gross national happiness is given more important than gross domestic products (GDP), the world remains confused until Bhutanese delegates explained.
The gift of free education and medication facilities from the throne has helped the country to achieve gross national happiness among the people. These facilities have helped to fill the gaps of rich and poor people. Hence with all these unique cultures and traditions made me feel pride of being Bhutanese.
Karma Tenzin (Pride of being Bhutanese)
Teacher, The Royal Academy, Paro Bhutan