There is so much to love about Bhutan. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom nestled in the clouds, a world all of its own between China and the northeastern tip of India. My research on Bhutan began a few weeks ago when I found out I was leaving for a two week visit to this incredible mountain kingdom. As I googled this deeply Buddhist land the beauty of the amazing Himalayan landscape, where snow-capped peaks rise above shadowy gorges cloaked in primeval forests took my breath away.
While the unique architecture, spectacular tsechus (dance festivals) and stunning textiles and handicrafts are alluring, Bhutan’s policies of Gross National Happiness and Land Conservation are even more fascinating.
People have free education and health care and the government of Bhutan uses Gross National Happiness (GNH) to measure the Bhutanese people’s general sense of well-being rather than GDP.
It’s constitution also requires a minimum of 60% of its land must be forested at all times; currently it’s at 72%, with more than half the nation covered by a network of national parks, nature reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries.
And when it became the first country to commit to being carbon neutral in perpetuity in 2009, it was actually already carbon negative: Its forests absorb three times more CO2 than the whole country emits.
Bhutan as a country and the Tarayana Foundation are invested in making others happier and healthier and hence well matched partners for the Love Peace Harmony Foundation.
Love Peace Harmony Foundation’s prototype outreach program for developing countries and remote locations in being initiated in Bhutan.
This program works with children and families in isolated villages to support their access to education, healthcare and proper nutrition. As a part of the team traveling to Bhutan, I am so excited by the opportunity to serve in teaching the local villagers how they can use Master Sha’s Four Power Technique and chanting to help people maintain health and happiness. We will also be bringing essential micro-nutrients from our non-profit partner, Vitamin Angels to help malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers sustain health and vitality.
In my next blog, you will meet the team of certified Master Teachers traveling to Bhutan and learn more about the Tarayana Foundation. Stay Tuned!