International Conference on Gross National Happiness, ‘From GNH Philosophy to Praxis and Policy’
4-6 Nov 2015 – Paro, Bhutan

The 6th International Conference on Gross National Happiness (GNH) was held in specially designed tents on the lawn of Ugyen Pelri Palace, amidst the natural beauty of Paro valley and striking Bhutanese architecture of the palace and the Rinpung Dzong from 4-6 November 2015. It was aimed at giving participants a unique conference setting, making conference itself an experience of GNH.

The conference opened with addresses from Tsuglag Lopen Rinpoche, one of the highest ranking lamas of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body, and by Thailand’s Most Venerable Professor Phra Brahmapandit, Chief Abbot, as well as the Chief Abbot of India’s Ngagyur Nyingma University in Namdroling, and the Venerable Lama Lobzang, who is the Secretary General of the International Buddhist Confederation.

Bhutan’s 2015 Gross National Happiness Index was launched during the first day of the conference and was concluded with a closing presentation by Robert F Kennedy Jr, entitled ‘A contract with our future’.

The Centre organized the conference to celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King who gave Bhutan the legacy of Gross National Happiness, thus paying tribute to him through the dialogue between policy makers, practitioners and academicians on translating wellbeing and happiness frameworks into practice.