Bhutan, where is well-known country as the world’s most peaceful & happiest country, celebrated their newborn prince with Buddhist symbols by planting 108,000 trees, each sealed with sealed with a prayer.
In Buddhism, a tree is the provider and nourisher of all life forms, symbolizing longevity, health, beauty and even compassion,” said Tenzin Lekphell, who coordinated the initiative, called Tendrel in the local language. It wasn’t a coincidence that the Buddha attained enlightenment under a banyan tree, he added.
The number of trees planted was 108,000, as “108” is a sacred number in Buddhism which denoting the numbers of human being carnal desires, and the cleansing of 108 defilements that impede beings from attaining enlightenment.
Not only Bhutan, but also in Japan where Buddhism has deeply penetrated in the country, every new year’s day at all temple in Japan Monk strikes the bell 108 times with the local people in order to clean the human being carnal desires with a prayer as well as Bhutan’s tree planting.
Bhutan is democratic monarchy, where follow “Gross National Happiness” as the most important policy which balances economic growth with environmental conservation and the wellbeing of its people, and have kept their tradition & culture making distance from Civilization such as diplomatic relations with outside – including internet technology, Television, – until recent years of 21 Century.
Thee Buddhist Majority Bhutan, doesn’t have any war or conflict since after World War 2, also doesn’t have incident of mass-violence, or terrorist attack, which was happens nowadays everywhere around the world.
The 2 points of views of Bhutan which I explained in above, makes Bhutan people keep wonderful mentality as uniqueness, it appears through people’s behavior which people helps the others when they see the people who are in trouble, even if people are in hurry or have to something for their works.
Following “Gross National Happiness” which was coined by the fourth King Singye, the incumbent king’s father, in 1972, people have kept reminding the real meaning of happiness between human & human, human and nature, all 82,000 households in the country planted a tree, while the remaining 26,000 were planted by volunteers in special plantations in 14 districts. “Each sapling encapsulates a prayer and a wish from the person who planted it to His Royal Highness the Prince so that just like the bountiful tree, the Prince also grows up healthy, strong, wise and compassionate.
As the people planted trees nationwide in Bhutan, the Ministry of Tourism used the occasion to inaugurate a “Happiness Garden” in the national capital of Thimphu.
The 48,400-square-yard garden invites foreign tourists to plant “happiness trees,” with the aim of having trees representing every country in the world. “Bhutan is known as a country of happiness. To have a happiness garden is therefore logical. With this garden, we hope to bring the peoples of the world closer,” Damchoe Rinzin, a spokesperson for the Tourism Council of Bhutan, said.
*Reference ：The Diplomat.com : ThenMinds.com