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PM speaks on GNH at Magadh University

Sep 29, 2010

The Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley, spoke to a packed hall of university students, faculty and members of the Sanga at Magadh University in Bodhgaya yesterday. Magadh University, the largest university in Bihar, had requested the Prime Minister to speak on Bhutan’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

Lyonchhoen spoke on the significance of balancing spiritual and material growth and spoke at length on the four pillars of GNH, its domains and the variables.

He informed the gathering of more than 300 people that Bhutan realised that the economic model of Gross Domestic Product was just not sustainable. “It was a self destructive process where in the end, human greed would consume the world.”

The Prime Minister said that Bhutan was not satisfied with the various economic models and therefore, His Majesty the Fourth King came up with the holistic concept of GNH.

Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley also accepted the vice chancellor of the university, Mr Arvind Kumar’s request to sponsor a professor as the Gautam Buddha Chair for the faculty of Buddhist studies and philosophy. Lyonchhoen will also provide a grant to the University for purchase of books for deprived students and talented research scholars.

Lyonchhoen also visited the ancient Nalanda University site, the Shanti Stupa and Japanese temple in Rajgir, where the Prime Minister was greeted by young school children.

Lyonchhoen arrived in Varanasi yesterday and visited the Sarnath temple, where he spoke to the students of the Mahabodhi Society School and several devotees.

The Prime Minister, as the president of the Mahabodhi Society also inaugurated an eternal lamp build by more than 100 devotees from Sri Lanka.

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