Asadha Poornima observed in Bhutan

Her Royal Highness Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck graced the occasion as the chief guest

Yangchen Lhamo

The Embassy of India in Thimphu hosted an ‘In Conversation ‘Dialogue on the “Relevance of the Teachings of Lord Buddha in the Age of Technology” on 24 July with prominent Bhutanese scholars who represent the Bhutan chapter of the international Buddhist confederation.

Her Royal Highness Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck graced the occasion as the chief guest while Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Tandi Dorji attended the programme as a special guest.

The Dialogue witnessed a discussion and exchange of views between Dasho Karma Ura, President, Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Studies and Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, former Chief Justice of Bhutan, moderated by Dr Tashi Zangmo, Executive Director of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation.

 Indian Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj highlighted the common spiritual heritage that joins Bhutan and India, as well as the salience of the teachings of Lord Buddha in present times. Members of the audience included senior government officials, Buddhist scholars and representatives of the local media.

Under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the International Buddhist Confederation organized the Asadha Poornima – Dharma Chakra global celebrations on 24 July 2021 to commemorate the Dharma Chakra Parvattana, the first sermon by Lord Buddha to the five ascetics at the ‘Deer Park’,Sarnath.

The flagship event of these celebrations took place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of the President of India and Union Minister of Culture, Government of India.

Meanwhile, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering had recorded a special video message from Bhutan on this occasion, which was broadcast in the course of the global celebrations of Asadha Poornima.

The program by the Indian Embassy also featured as part of the global celebrations organized by the International Buddhist Confederation.

The celebration of Asadha Poornima is in keeping with the exceptionally close and friendly relations between Bhutan and India, reflective of the common thread of Buddhism that binds both countries.