Drat­shang web­site con­tains es­sen­tial prayers and in­for­ma­tion

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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.

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