Comparison Between Buddhist Philosophy And Gross National Happiness Philosophy

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Comparison between Buddhist philosophy and Gross National Happiness philosophy
Bhutan is an enlightened country where happiness is the guiding principle of development, and majority of the people are enthusiastically practicing Buddhism. Buddhism is one of the profound religion in the world which show and leads the people to the enlightenment. As a Buddhist country, we look at the welfare of all the sentient being. Similarly, the concept of Gross National Happiness is a unique philosophy which is also concern with the happiness of people and country at large. The philosophy of GNH is born from Buddhism. Lokamitra (2004. P.481) said that, “The policy of the Gross National Happiness of the Royal Government of Bhutan, and the interest and development
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Karma means action, and refers to intentional physical, verbal, or mental action (Chodron, 2001, p.59). Cause and effect means we get the result of our own action. According to Buddhism, the cause of happiness is virtuous karma, the law of causality and delusion. Therefore, happiness can be achieved through acts of virtue and selflessness in this life. Similarly, as stated by Dorji (2010), the four pillars of GNH can then be considered as conditions for attaining happiness and well-being of a nation by the creation of good karma. This approaches lead to the conception of happiness and in bringing spiritual development. If we the Bhutanese people take a genuine interest in fulfilling the four pillars of GNH understanding the cause and effect, happiness will be achieved at the gross. Buddhist philosophy explains that if one desire happiness, one should seek the right cause and conditions that gives rises to happiness (Tashi, 2004, 484). Thus, the four pillars, nine domain and seventy two indicators of GNH are cause and conditions that will give happiness. Every individual person should be educated about the cause and effect in the GNH …show more content…
This two philosophy shares a same profound theory and look forward to achieve real happiness in every individual. While Buddhism deeply follows and believes in the cause and effect, GNH also shares the similar view and appreciates the cause and effect to achieve GNH in the country. The most important lessons that the Buddhism and GNH preach is being content and following the middle path. If we become content with what we have, it is more likely to have a real ultimate happiness and lead to the path of enlightenment. Buddhism and GNH are just two different method of convincing the people but shares the common goal to achieve ultimate

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