The Role of Buddhism in Achieving Gross National Happiness

Tashi, Khenpo Phuntsok

In: Gross National Happiness and Development - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Operationalization of Gross National Happiness. Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu 2004, pp. 483-495 . ISBN 99936-14-22-X

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The effect of Gross National Happiness is both a shared desire and common ground for the people of the country. Every citizen of Bhutan should strive to be intellectual, civilized, and well-educated with regard to the inner causes, outer conditions and the effects on happiness in systematic and practical ways. The practice of Buddhism employs innumerable skilful means for attaining complete enlightenment and ultimate happiness. This presents itself as the most challenging goal and also illustrates why Gross National Happiness cannot be achieved unless Buddhist philosophy is fully incorporated and practiced by each and every citizen of Bhutan. The cultivation of happiness is central to Buddhist philosophy and practices and there are limitless avenues and methods prescribed in the teachings through which happiness can be achieved at the individual or collective levels. Happiness is a quality of the mind that arises from positive mental attitudes which, among others, include the intention never to harm others, the desire to provide help and support to those around us, and to remain contented with one's life.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 22 March 2010
ISBN: 99936-14-22-X
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: Other and comparative religions
Controlled Subjects: Buddhismus, Bruttonationalglück
Uncontrolled Keywords: Glück , Wohlbefinden, Buddhism , Gross National Happiness , Well-Being
Subject (classification): Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: Bhutan