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Sep 11, 2009

Gross National Happiness

Bhutan action over prayer flags

The Buddhist faith attaches huge symbolic importance to the use of flags

The Bhutanese government has warned its citizens not to cut down thousands of young trees every year to make poles for hoisting Buddhist prayer flags.

It said that the felling of trees is a threat to the tiny kingdom's beauty and undermines the government's duty to promote "Gross National Happiness".

The flags are flown by Himalayan Buddhists to help the dead find the right path in their next life.

They believe that the more flag poles put up for the departed the better.

Buddhist monks say fresh poles must be used each time.



At 4:14 AM , Blogger Zoro said...

I'd like to say that finding the correct path, i.e., the traveller's true nature, ranks higher in the scale of importance. The political powers that be in Bhutan probably wanted to bash the buddhist monks due their popularity. You're not going to be able to convince me that any buddhist monk anywhere is capable of truly harming nature.


At 1:12 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

I've managed to make more than one Buddhist monk spitting mad. Some from Tibet, none from Bhutan.

I'd swap political powers that be, anyday.


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