Selected Candidates of Assistant Research Officer

The Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH is please to announce the selected candidates for the Assistant Research Officer on contract.

Selection Results of Asst. Research officer (on contract)

The selected candidates are required to report to CBS & GNH on 23 August 2017 at 10.30 am, with original certificates and documents for verification. The standby candidates will be called in the event a selected candidate withdraws the appointment.

Theory and Policy of Happiness

Dasho Karma Ura, President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH gave the opening remarks on the concept of GNH and Buddhism in Bhutan at a workshop on ‘Theory and Policy of Happiness‘ organised by the Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea on 12th July, 2017 in Thimphu, Bhutan

Fruits of Happiness


Background of Project Area

Mongar district is located in eastern Bhutan. It consists of one dungkhag, 17 gewogs and 638 villages. The 17 gewogs are Balam, Chali, Chaskhar, Drametse, Drepong, Gongdue, Jurmey, Kengkhar, Mongar, Narang, Ngatshang, Saling, Sherimuhung, Silambi, Thangrong, Tsakaling and Tsamang.

Fruits of Happiness


Most people in Mongar practise Buddhism, which is attested by the existence of numerous lhakhangs, chortens and conduct of festivals. There are 170 lhakhangs in Mongar as of 2015: 13 owned by the government, 66 by the communities and 91 by private individuals 9 . The number of chortens is 2121. The chortens are of various types such as jangchub, khangzug, mani drangrim, kadam and others. In addition, the number of chortens that are either in ruins or vandalised stands at 485. Many kinds of festivals are held throughout the year, the most important ones being Trel Da Tshechu in Mongar, Kangsol Chhenmo in Drametse, Sa Nyen Tshechu in Sherimuhung and Khandro Kong Shag in Tsakaling. One of the most spiritual places is Aja Ney, which is attributed to Guru Rinpoche. Circumambulating chortens, chanting mantra, reciting prayers and offering nyendar in lhakhangs are common sights.


Taking Happiness Seriously – Eleven Dialogues on Gross National Happiness

Taking Happiness Seriously – Eleven Dialogues on Gross National Happiness by Dr Ross McDonald

This is a collection of in-depth dialogues between the author and well-known players central to the formation of this important goal. It includes dialogues with the Honourable Prime Mnister of Bhutan, global luminaries in the fields of happiness/wellbeing such as Dr Ron Colman, Dr Nic Marks and Prof Ruut Veehoven along with important Bhutanese voices including the Anti-Corruption Commissioner, the country’s leading Buddhist scholar and voices from the media and civil society.

First published 2010