in the mighty Himalayas, Bhutan
is the last remaining Himalayan kingdom—an
oasis of innocence in our world. Here is a country
that places environmental responsibility ahead
of profits and material gain. Where a King, who
lives in a cabin in the woods, decrees “Gross
National Happiness” as the standard by which
to measure the country’s wealth. The Land
of the Thunder Dragon has much to offer the modern
world. Some might even say Bhutan is just the
prescription this world most desperately needs.
Yet the 21st century is seeping into Bhutan—or
maybe bursting in is more like it. The internet
now connects Bhutan to the best and worst of
Satellite dishes bring the most negative aspects
of the media to this once cloistered and innocent
Kingdom. As it enters the mainstream of the 21st
become of Bhutan’s traditional spiritual
values of compassion, tolerance and wisdom?
the recent introduction of television
into Bhutan, it will only be the blink of an
eye before their culture and its treasures are
for all time. Imagine the last redwood forest,
the last ocean whale. Imagine the last “Shangri-La”.
The Cultural Center of Bhutan, to be built in
Thimpu Bhutan, is a highly focused endeavor that
will help to preserve Bhutan's precious qualities
before they are lost to the world forever.