Famous as Druk-Yul meaning ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’ by the natives, Bhutan is a land immersed in culture and mystery. Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, the cultural diversity and its richness are profound. Since its always been politically independent, a rich and distinctive culture developed in the country over ages. Evidently, the most prominent factor in shaping of Bhutanese character and thought has been the teachings of Lord Buddha whose perpetual truths were first brought by the Great Indian Saint, Guru Padsambhava, into the country from Tibet over the high snow-capped mountains. This is a land that is viciously defensive about preserving its ancient culture and traditions and yet manages to walk shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the modern world.
The Buddhists believe that the perspective, culture, traditions and beliefs are always changing phenomenon that are interlinked strongly in the web of life. Bhutan is the only country in the world to have embraced the Tantric Vajrayana form of Buddhism as a religion for all. Bhutan is a unique country where the national identity is constitutionally linked to its identity as a Buddhist Nation. From the daily lives of the Bhutanese people to the way politics and government are held in this country, the presence and influence of Buddhism can be felt everywhere in Bhutan. The rich cultural heritage is strongly promoted by the government of Bhutan.
Bhutanese culture and Buddhist influence go hand in hand. Bhutan’s distinguished culture and traditional values are something that are valued highly by the everybody amongst the Bhutanese and are important embodiments of the nation’s identity. Despite being a small country situated between the two most populated countries of the world, the conservation and promotion of its different cultural identity is deemed as an essential aspect for its survival as an independent and sovereign Kingdom. After witnessing the culture here, one will certainly know why it’s a no wonder that Bhutan is the only country in the world to have a National Happiness Index.