Gross National Happiness: Buddhism, Sustainability, and Social Engagement in Bhutan

A Public Talk by Dr Tashi Zangmo
Director of The Bhutan Nuns Foundation

The remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan is often known as the “Happiest Place on Earth,” thanks to its famous Gross National Happiness philosophy, which emphasizes sustainability, conservation, cultural preservation, and good governance.

Despite the Buddhist kingdom’s progressive approach to national development, many girls and women enter nunneries to receive an education and to escape poverty. As Buddhist nuns, they dedicate their lives to serving their local communities, helping families in need, and acting as role models. Nunneries in Bhutan, however, often lack sanitation, basic amenities, trained teachers, and learning materials. The Bhutan Nuns Foundation works to address this imbalance by empowering and educating the nuns, improving their living conditions, and helping to preserve the kingdom’s vibrant, ancient Buddhist culture.

On 2 December, Dr Tashi Zangmo will share her remarkable story about the foundation’s vital work as an expression of Buddhist compassion and as a manifestation of the Bhutan government’s Gross National Happiness approach to development.

Date:              2 December 2017 (Saturday)
Time:              2:30 – 4:30 pm
Venue:           The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong,
                       28/F Pacific Plaza, 410 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong
Organizer:      The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong
Supporting Organization:       Buddhistdoor Global
Admission:      Free

All are welcome.

The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong