Invoking Happiness: Guide to the Sacred Festivals of Bhutan & Gross National Happiness
Invoking Happiness explains the importance of sacred festivals in Bhutan and how these contribute to enhancing happiness and building harmony among friends and family members. It describes the significance of each sacred dance and includes excellent illustrations and photographs of each of the festivals. This is the first book ever written on sacred festivals performed in Bhutan which focuses on the three major festivals of the country: the Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang Jampa Lhakhang festival.
One of the main purposes of conducting these local festivals is to commemorate the sacred deeds of Guru Padmasambhava, who introduced Vajrayana Buddhism to the country in the 8th Century. Festival performances provide an opportunity for both spectators and participants to accumulate merit merely through witnessing the sacred festival and cultivating right intention.
Presented with depth of feeling and understanding, beliefs and stories are vibrantly woven into a unique narration. This book will appeal to all in search of answers to questions associated with the meaning and purpose of sacred dance performance.
Invoking Happiness will particularly be of excellent use and interest to educators, history buffs, culturalists, spiritual seekers and those working as tourist guides.
Khenpo Phuntshok Tashi