GNH to be in­clu­sive of pri­vate sec­tor: Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Staff Reporter

Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, Prime Min­is­ter was in Bangkok, Thai­land on 24th May, 2018 to at­tend the 15th United Na­tions Day of Ve­sak Cel­e­bra­tion 2018 at Ma­hachu­la­longko­rn­ra­javidyalaya Univer­sity (MCU), Wang Noi, Ayut­thaya, Thai­land.

Upon his ar­rival at the Su­varn­ab­humi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ly­onch­hen was re­ceived by Ven­er­a­ble Phra Bhrama­pun­dit, Pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil for Day of Ve­sak.

On 25th May, 2018, Ly­onch­hen par­tic­i­pated in the 15th United Na­tions Ve­sak­day 2018 con­fer­ence graced by Ven. Somdet Phra Maha Mu­ni­wong, ab­bot of Wat Ratch­abophit, the 20th Supreme Pa­tri­arch of Thai­land. Ly­onch­hen de­liv­ered the keynote ad­dress on the theme ‘Bud­dhist con­tri­bu­tion for Hu­man De­vel­op­ment’.

Ly­onch­hen be­gan by con­vey­ing the re­spects of His Majesty The King to the Supreme Sangha Coun­cil of Thai­land and ap­pre­ci­a­tion and greet­ings to the or­ga­niz­ers and the dis­tin­guished del­e­gates.

Ly­onch­hen said that Bhutan is the last Va­jarayana Bud­dhist King­dom and has been a Bud­dhist con­tin­u­ously since the 8th cen­tury shap­ing our gov­er­nance, our cul­ture, and our lifestyle.

He said that in Bhutan Va­jrayana Bud­dhist state has in­flu­enced the hu­man de­vel­op­ment. “The con­cept of Bud­dhist ruler has been an in­spi­ra­tion also among Bhutanese mon­archs. They have tried to live and rule from an

en­light­ened at­ti­tude, as if fol­low­ing the orig­i­nal ‘Ten Du­ties of the King’ found in the Buddha’s teach­ings,” he said adding that the Ten Du­ties of the King that are ap­pli­ca­ble to any leader are char­ity, moral char­ac­ter, sac­ri­fice for peo­ple’s wel­fare, in­tegrity, kind­ness, aus­ter­ity, free­dom from ill will, non-vi­o­lence, pa­tience, non-op­po­si­tion to the will of peo­ple.

Ly­onch­hen then spoke on how the ideals of gov­er­nance that drew on both science and Bud­dhism for Bhutan was for­mu­lated by our Fourth King as Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness (GNH). “Hap­pi­ness arises not only from ma­te­rial liv­ing con­di­tions, but it arises in­ter­de­pen­dently from many other as­pects of life. As all things arise in­ter­de­pen­dently, the cause of hap­pi­ness should not be re­duced to a few things,” he added.

Em­pha­siz­ing on the con­cept of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness, Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay said that GNH as a frame­work for develop- ment is cur­rently ap­plied mostly for as­sess­ing and di­rect­ing of­fi­cial plans and pro­grams. It leaves out the pri­vate sec­tor. GNH can­not be ef­fec­tive if the pri­vate sec­tor busi­ness and cor­po­ra­tions that drive the econ­omy do not re­flect it.

In the con­clud­ing re­marks Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay set the ex­am­ple of suf­fi­ciency econ­omy phi­los­o­phy in Thai­land, in ad­di­tion to GNH in Bhutan, points out how dif­fer­ent na­tions are tap­ping into Bud­dhism in the con­tem­po­rary world at the na­tional level.

“And, many other na­tions have been do­ing sim­i­lar things in their own con­texts. Bud­dhism’s pop­u­lar­ity has grown over the past half cen­tury along with in­ter­est in adapt­ing if for ap­pli­ca­tions in many spheres of hu­man de­vel­op­ment” he added.

He con­cluded that our fu­ture is trou­bled with arms race, eco­log­i­cal col­lapse, cli­mate change, ad­dic­tions, inequal­ity, un­fair­ness, con­flicts, and tech­no­log­i­cal and in­stitu- tion. All fu­ture si­t­u­a­tions are also merely pos­si­bil­i­ties that changes with pos­i­tive val­ues and in­ten­sions. “Bud­dhism has ever more to con­trib­ute to holis­tic de­vel­op­ment for all and all holis­tic de­vel­op­ment.”

In the af­ter­noon, Ly­onch­hen called on Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Min­is­ter of Thai­land at the Gov­ern­ment House. Ly­onch­hen con­veyed the warm greet­ings of His Majesty The King and thanked the Royal Thai Gov­ern­ment for the warmth in which Their Majesties and HRH The Gyalsey were re­ceived in Thai­land for the Royal Cre­ma­tion Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej. The two Prime Min­is­ters ex­changed views on strength­en­ing wide rang­ing bi­lat­eral and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion.

Ly­onch­hen ar­rived in the coun­try yes­ter­day.

Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay : Hap­pi­ness arises not only from ma­te­rial liv­ing con­di­tions, but it arises in­ter­de­pen­dently from many other as­pects of life.

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