Druk Executives

Cuture

Every walk of Bhutanese people's lives evolves around with spirits, ghost, yetis, medicine men, and different forms of incarnation of Lamas and envisage of Shangri-La. Mythology, ancient sagas, Buddhism and manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, monks, monasteries and temples, festivals and the rule of king and assimilation of modernism go alongside the Bhutanese day-to-day life.

Buddhism in Bhutan
The followers of Buddhism in the Himalayas, little bit different from the western religious practices, believe in reincarnation of humanity and divinity according to the good or bad actions done in the past and present. In addition, meditation is the tool to make our minds free from all the negative vices and emotions such as anger, indifference and attachments. In such way, our worldly sufferings can be eliminated aside.

The Gurus and lamas prefer to reborn not to achieve the worldly pleasure or sufferings but to preach other human beings and make them free from the burdens of miserable human life.  When any great Buddhist Guru dies, his followers will search for his reincarnation based on the former preacher's virtues and philosophies.  Bhutan's religion is known as Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism. The Gods and Goddesses are painted in the form of statues and Thangka in great Goembas. Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava in sanskrit) has been the central figure because he is worshipped as the second Buddha in Bhutan and famous for his eight manifestations. Jampa (Maitreya), Jampelyang (Manjushree), Chenresig (Avalokiteshvara), Channa Dorji (Vajrapani), Sakyamuni or historical Buddha, Milarepa, White Tara, Green Tara, Shabdrung Rinpoche etc.

Houses of Bhutanese people have separate place for altar/shrine room (choesham) with the statues of great Buddhist preachers like Sakyamuni, Guru Rinpoche and Shabdrung Rinpoche. Buddhist people of Bhutan present themselves in front of altars and Gods/Goddesses, first clasping hands above their heads, then in the level of throats and finally at their chest to represent their mind, speech and body for the devotion before the deities.