Dratshang website contains essential prayers and information
The newly launched website is a rich repository of information on Bhutan’s state religion and spiritual activities.
The website, www. zhungdratshang.org or www.zhungdratshang. bt contains prayer books consisting of a brief commentary on Ngondro Dhuipa, Ngondro Shintu Dhuipa, Ngondro Barpa, and Sungrab of Zhabdrung Phunsum Tshogpa.
The website also contains information on the five lopens with their respon- sibilities apart from being members of the Dratshang Lhentshog (Council for Religious Affairs)
Besides the information on Dratshang Koedtshog (Service Council/ Executive Committee) implemented in 2009, the website also contains a brief background on winter residence (Punakha Dzong) and summer residence (Tashichhodzong).
A list of daily religious performance of Kuchoe and Bumdey conducted in the Central Monastic Body is provided on the website.
It also contains the brief history, date of establishment, geographical locations, and functions of rabdey dratshang, yenladratshang (branch), affiliated dratshang, nunnery, gomdhey and goenzin dratshang under the Central Monastic Body.
The website contains a list of institutions that provide monastic education at different levels such as Thorim Gongma, Thorim wogma, Dinrim Lobdra Tewa, Lobjong Pelkhang, Drubdey, Gondey, Neychen and Lhakhang.
A section of the website is a library that contains publications like acts related to the monastic body, Lop Lhengye Chayig and the religious books, among others.
The website contains comprehensive information on the tshechus and places where they are performed with the dates.
Zakar (daily horoscope), which is most popularly used by the Bhutanese, is a highlight of the website content.
Zhung Dratshang (Central Monastic Body) was first established by Zhabdrung Rinpoche Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of the Bhutanese nation state, at Cheri Monastery in the Iron Monkey year of the 17th rabjung, corresponding to 1621 AD.
The website was launched by His Holiness the Je Khenpo for the Dratsang Lhentshog at Tashichodzong in the capital city on 5 August.
The website can be accessed bilingually in Dzongkha and English.
Today, Zhung Dratshang has 7,127 monks, 418 nuns and four affiliated monastic institutions registered under the Council for Religious Affair.