Development with sparks: Placing the hamburger in the mandala

Prakke, Diederik

In: Gross National Happiness: Discussion Papers. Thimpu 1999, pp. 64-103

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This article will argue that, given the government objective of happiness or spiritual growth of Bhutan's inhabitants, a fresh look at Buddhism is of the greatest relevance, as Buddhism provides just the perspective and insights that were lost in modern development. Moreover the author presents his personal view of the development process in Bhutan, providing the historical and cultural-psychological background in which the need for a modern understanding of Buddhism arises. Acknowledging both the shortcomings of modern development and the Buddhist culture existent in Bhutan, he conclude that an open-minded sparking dialogue between the two can strengthen both, bringing down the rain of wisdom and compassion which is the rightful inheritance of humanity.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 11 March 2009
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: Bhutan, Entwicklungsmodell, Buddhismus, Kulturwandel
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entwicklungsstrategie, Bhutan , Model for Development , Buddhism , Cultural Change
Subject (classification): Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: Bhutan