The Prince and Bhutan’s Future

The prince was born at the closing of a propitious year when Bhutan built significant lasting monuments and embarked on founding a few more. It was as if the towering statues of Buddha in the west and Ugyen Guru in the east were completed to herald his birth.

The birth of the prince carries forward the long patrilineal line, descending from the great Himalayan figure, Rigzin Chenpo Pema Lingpa (1450-1521). Pemalingpa’s most advanced practices based on his monumental work are currently the subject of an exhibition in London.

The relevance of his “contributions to a deeper understanding of the possibilities and potential of human existence” has gone outside Bhutan for many centuries and it continues to do so now. It is a serendipitous coincidence that the prince has arrived while his great ancestor’s most exacting work has reached a centre of the western world.

This great ancestor of his has been a reference point, for exploring human consciousness and how we see reality, and for the wholeness of a Bhutanese throughout the Himalayan region. Likewise, the prince will embody the greatest potential in the Bhutanese people. In a couple of decades, the people of Bhutan will not only project their hopes and aspirations on him, he will be an indispensable part of the progress that will make the nation an envy of others. But unlike previous ages of Bhutan, his reign will see dramatic revolutions in what we believe, how we live and communicate and organize ourselves.

The prince will change those aspects that will make our nation better and make the people more enlightened and whole. He will bring one enlightened innovation after another, and in that he will be revolutionary. The demography of the people the prince will come to lead in a couple of decades will become more balanced, with today’s youth bulge reaching their mid life. The economy of the country he will build further with shift even more towards genuine needs and care, and towards sensitive balance with preservation of nature.

The birth of the prince provides a new emergent and living focal point for the people of Bhutan, renewing national cohesion and thereby strength. The birth of a great and clear emanation (yangsid) rejuvenates the followers of their earlier guru. The prince is the greatest yangsid for the Bhutanese people. New openings and opportunities he will create for his people will enhance their life in whatever they endeavour to do – as entrepreneurs or farmers, children or elderly, gurus or disciples.

The prince will possess innate aptitude for learning and leadership. Like all gifted people, however, he will rely more on what Buddhist concept calls “prior training or innate capacity” (sngon sbyang) instead of being transmitted and instilled formal knowledge all the time. The values of moderation, discipline and service to the nation and the people according to different needs of time will fortify and shine him.

The prince just born will be crowned the VIth Druk Gyalpo sometimes in the mid 2040s. The nation that the VIth King of Bhutan will come to reign in the latter half of the century will be vastly different, extrapolating from the pace of change in the last few decades.

Around Bhutan, by the time of his reign, the climate of regional diplomatic cooperation among key powers would have deepened tremendously. At the same time, the climate of climate change cooperation in the region would have also improved, forced by recognition of new reality of common peril. Through the complexity of our future, the prince’s enlightened education will propel him to sail the nation to the far-reaching shores of refinement and prosperity, vitality and long life, deep external and internal peace, and rich ecology.

As the VIth Druk Gyalpo, the prince will watch over and protect this precious nation, which he is charged to do by his destiny and with the powerful blessings of Ugyen Rinpoche and Zhabdrung Rinpoche. With grace and charisma, he will ceaselessly enhance the nation’s splendour, reputation and honour. His greatness has been portended in many lucid dreams and clear visions, collective hopes and aspirations.

Contributed by  Karma Ura

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