Vacancy Announcement

The Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH is pleased to announce the availability of temporary jobs for GNH Business Survey as follows: Post: Enumerators Slots: 10 Slots Qualifications: Graduates For more details CLICK HERE

JBS Volume 35 Winter 2016

The First British Book about Bhutan: A Publishing History of Turner’s Account of an Embassy  By Trevor Lipscombe*   Proselytization in Bhutan: Cases in Thimphu Tila M. Sharma*1 College Youth and the Prevalence of Responsible,  Sexual Relationships: A Mixed Mode Study of the Development, Challenges and Prospects of Youth Sexual Behaviour in the Colleges of […]

Mandala of 21st Century Perspectives

Mandala of 21st Century Perspectives: Proceedings of the International Conference on Tradition and Innovation in Vajrayana Buddhism, edited by Dasho Karma Ura, Dorji Penjore & Chhimi Dem, 2017               Book will be uploaded soon. Cover & Copyright page Table of Contents Preface Welcome Address by Dasho Karma Ura, President of the Centre […]

Vajrayāna Summit

Call for Papers Vajrayāna Summit, 28 to 30 March 2018, Thimphu, Bhutan The Second Vajrayāna Summit will be held in Bhutan from March 28 to 30, 2018. The summit will focus on experiencing and understanding how Tantric Buddhism continues to creatively adapt to the modern world. In-depth elucidations of Tantric Buddhism’s core methodologies will be […]

Journal of Bhutan Studies, Vol 34, Summer 2016

Guru Padmasambhava was born in fire monkey year, which occurs only once in 60-year cycle of the lunar calendar. For the first time, a conference was organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research in cooperation with the Centre for Escalation of Peace, Delhi organized this […]

Journal of Bhutan Studies, Volume 33, Winter 2015

1. Bhutan: Notes Concerning the Political Role of Kidu by Brian C. Shaw The original Tibetan concept of kidu (skyid sdug1 or more informally kidu) has been variously considered as welfare, self-help and assistance. In the context of Bhutan, the concept has closely linked the moral authority of the monarch with the economic needs of the […]


༄༅། །  ཚོགས་གླུ་རྩ་གསུམ་དགྱེས་པའི་རོལ་མོ་བཞུགས་སོ།།   ནང་གསལ་ཁྱད་ཆོས་དྲུག་ལྡན་བུམ་སྐུ་ཡི་ཀློང་ལས། ། འགག་མེད་སྒྱུ་འཕྲུལ་བཀོད་པ་འཇའ་ལུས་ཀྱི་རྣལ་འབྱོར། ། རིགས་ཀུན་ཁྱབ་བདག་དྲི་མེད་འོད་ཟེར་དེ་མཁྱེན་ནོ། ། སྤྱི་གཙུག་ཛ་ལན་ད་རའི་བག་གམ་དུ་བཞུགས་མཛོད། །   ཨེ་མ་གསན་དང་སྐལ་ལྡན་འདི་ཚོགས་ཀྱི་ཕོ་མོ། ། ཨོ་རྒྱན་རིག་འཛིན་བརྒྱུད་པ་ཌཱ་ཀི་དང་བཅས་པས། ། བྱིན་རླབས་མཆོག་ཐུན་སྤྲིན་ཕུང་ལྷང་ལྷང་དུ་ངོམ་པ། ། གསང་ཆེན་བསྟན་པའི་འབྱུང་གནས་སྨན་ལྗོངས་ལ་གཟིགས་ཞུ། །   སྣ་ཚོགས་སྐུ་དང་ཕྱག་ཞབས་རང་བྱོན་གྱི་རྣམ་པ། ། རི་བྲག་གངས་མཚོ་རྣམས་ཀྱང་སྒྲུབ་གནས་ཀྱི་རང་བཞིན། ། སྒྱུ་མའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་སྐྱིད་པའི་ཁང་བཟང་ལ་བྱོན་དང་། ། སྣང་སྲིད་མི་རྟོག་ཆོས་སྐུའི་བསུ་མ་ལ་ཆས་རན། །   ཆོས་མེད་ཀླ་ཀློའི་སྡིག་སྤྱོད་འཚེ་བ་དང་མནར་གཅོད། ། ལོག་སྨོན་བདུད་སྡེའི་བསམ་པ་གཡོ་སྒྱུ་དང་སླུ་འདྲིད། ། རྣམ་ཀུན་མིང་ཙམ་མེད་པ་དགེ་བཅུ་ཡི་རང་གཤིས། ། མ་བརྩོན་ལྷུན་གྱིས་གྲུབ་པ་ངོ་མཚར་ཞིག་སྣང་ངོ། །   སྟེང་ན་ཆོས་རྒྱལ་གདུང་རབས་ལྷུན་པོ་ལྟར་མཐོ་བ། ། འོག་ན་འབངས་ཁྱིམ་ཐམས་ཅད་བདེ་སྐྱིད་ཀྱི་བག་ཡངས། ། ཀུན་ཀྱང་མ་སྐྱང་ལྷག་བསམ་གཅིག་མཐུན་གྱི་ངང་ནས། ། བསླུ་མེད་མཆོག་གསུམ་སྲིད་ཞིའི་བསྙེན་བཀུར་ལ་གཟིགས་མཛོད། །   ཨ་ཧོ་རྡོ་རྗེའི་མཆེད་ལྕམ་ཚོགས་འཁོར་དུ་ལྷགས་པ། ། ལྷུན་རྫོགས་དག་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་བསྐྱེད་རིམ་ལ་བཞེངས་ཏེ། ། ཟག་མེད་བདུད་རྩིའི་ལོངས་སྤྱོད་བརྟུལ་ཞུགས་ཀྱི་སྤྱོད་པ། ། […]

GNH WF Method and Optimization of GNH Resources

GNH WF Method and Optimization of GNH Resources by Dr. Mukund M. Moharir GNH Weightage Factor (WF) Method is a mathematical procedure useful in the following cases: To identify relative importance (weightage) the surveyed population is knowingly/unknowingly attaching to each surveyed Domain while answering the Cantril Ladder Questionnaire (Subjective Happiness Survey). To compute for every Domain […]

Journal of Bhutan Studies, Volume 32, Summer 2015

1. Export Price of Electricity in Bhutan: The Case of Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project by Sangay Chophel There has been substantial cost escalation on the ongoing hydropower projects in Bhutan, exerting pressure on already ballooning national debt. This has raised concerns on whether the benefits of hydropower projects outweigh the costs and on the preciseness of […]

Journal of Bhutan Studies, Volume 31, Winter 2014

1. Early Happiness Policy as a Government Mission of Bhutan: A Survey of the Bhutanese Unwritten Constitution from 1619 to 1729 by Michael Givel and Laura Figueroa Modern Gross National Happiness in Bhutan contains nine domains including: standard of living, good governance, time use and balance, community vitality, cultural diversity and resilience, ecosystem diversity and resilience, […]

Journal of Bhutan Studies, Vol 30, Summer 2014

1. Traditional and Modern Understandings of Mental Illness in Bhutan: Preserving the Benefits of Each to Support Gross National Happiness by Joseph D. Calabrese and Dr Chencho Dorji The pursuit of appropriate mental health treatment in Bhutan must bring together and balance the need for the most advanced and appropriate medical and psychotherapeutic interventions with the need […]

Well-being, Happiness, and Public Policy

Well-being, Happiness, and Public Policy by Sabina Alkire This document was submitted as a background paper to the International Expert Working Group on a New Development Paradigm and seeks to synthesise for busy readers, how the IEWG might explain and defend well-being and happiness and also what value-addition this work has in policy terms when […]

Journal of Bhutan Studies, Volume 29, Winter 2013

1. A proposition “Bhutan is a Democracy”: Beyond the Constricted, Popular Wisdom of “Democracy” by Katsu Masaki This article seeks to dissect, with reference to Bhutan’s polity, how the Eurocentric, popular wisdom of democracy, privileging liberal democracy, inadvertently enforces closure to other plausible, non-liberalistic interpretations. In Bhutan, the monarchy and Buddhism carry moral authorities constraining […]

Beneficiary Labour Contribution (Woola)

Beneficiary Labour Contribution (Woola) by Karma Ura This monograph studies the labour contributions made by households, primarily rural, to the construction and maintenance of a wide range of communal infrastructure. This study is carried out by including one-page questionnaire on ‘woola’ with the larger literacy survey form 2004, which is attached in the last page.

Journal of Bhutan Studies Volume 28, Summer 2013

1. The Role of English in Culture Preservation in Bhutan by Dorji Thinley & T.W. Maxwell This study explores issues surrounding the preservation and promotion of culture in the context of the secondary school English curriculum in Bhutan. The languages of Bhutan carry a rich and diverse tradition of oral literatures, but these genres and the cultural […]

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