Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas High School Summer Program

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In a country where the phrase "gross national happiness" hands itself on a list of key metrics for development, Bhutan encourages us to ask what we can learn about notions of "happiness" as contributors to our own quality of life. Our journey into the Himalayan region of Bhutan gives us rare access to the sacredness in the vast and wild landscapes, challenging us to reevaluate commonly held notions of our role in the natural world.

Highlights
  • Our journey into the Himalayan region of Bhutan gives us rare access to the sacredness in the vast and wild landscapes, challenging us to reevaluate commonly held notions of our role in the natural world.
  • We learn how Buddhism, as the state religion, has had deep social impacts, particularly on the creation of unique government policies on conservation, preservation, and sustainable development.
  • We delve deeply into Buddhist philosophy, histories, and folk tales to understand drastically different ways of viewing our existence on this planet.
  • Through listening to both local villagers and professional academics, we gain insights to perspectives on the environment, our role in conservation, and the concept of earth as an interdependent organism.

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