Being Bhutanese

 The Bhutanese code of behavior and discipline popularly known as Driglam namzha is grounded and rooted deeply in Tha damtsig and Le judre.

The rich and unique cultural heritage that the Bhutanese have inherited from our forefathers and an impeccable statesmanship and leadership of the Wangchuck dynasty have been a distinctive quality that has helped Bhutan to safeguard her sovereignity till date. The timeless and profound Bhutanese cultural values of Tha Damtsig (loyalty) and Ley Judre (karmic action retribution, cause and effect) are central to the Bhutanese values that governs the social fabric of the Bhutanese society.

  These values form the heart essence of the Bhutanese culture and tradition. They serve as a moral compass for individuals to act morally and inculcate values such as compassion, empathy, loyalty, honesty, fidelity, integrity, rectitude, reciprocal affection, gratitude, and filial piety. Such cultural and traditional values define our identity and this unique cultural heritage and traditions have proven to be a power and strength that can protect the sovereignty and independence of our country.

However, the Bhutanese youths, who are often hailed as the leaders or custodians of the future of Bhutan are confronted and challenged by the temptations of foreign culture and lifestyles that were once alien to the Bhutanese society. Majority of the Bhutanese youths today see it more fashionable and trendy to emulate foreign cultures and lifestyles than taking pride and happiness in being a Bhutanese.

 

 These traits are crucial for young people today!

Therefore, the Happiness and Wellbeing Centre aims to design educational programmes and activities that can help tertiary education students for greater self-awareness of their own individual selves and the moral obligation as a responsible and sensible Bhutanese. The students will also be exposed and grilled to think of what each of them can contribute towards safeguarding the future of Bhutan and in the realization of the larger national goals of achieving Gross National Happiness.