Every morning I listen to one of my favorite poets/rapper/human being , Tupac Shakur.One of my favorite lyrics from his song my block goes like this
” … I know the young people understand this , growing up in this world where everything’s scandalous”… He was referring about the problems the youth in America were facing in the 90s. He was a political activist and a great advocator for the black civil rights movement and most importantly for the young people especially for inner city kids who were mostly blacks, Mexicans and people of color who were racially suppressed, came from broken families and had parents addicted to drugs. Sadly, the media only portrays the “gangster side of him” *sigh*
But the point is the scenario is becoming similar in Bhutan.Social pressure, crimes, robberies, suicides are skyrocketing.Youngster wants designer handbags, BMWs and the best of everything because now Bhutan is becoming a competition zone just like every other small developing country.Capitalism has finally managed to shove his big stinky foot through our small Himalayan door.
Many people advocate the promotion of Buddhism and for that I offer two suggestions.
1.Update Buddhism in Bhutan.
Buddhism can play a good role but the question is what is happening with Buddhism in Bhutan? It is stagnant. We are stuck to the traditions and now traditions are not enough to convey the essence of Buddhism because of Science.
I have been living in the United States for the past three years and one of the key observations I have made here is that Buddhism especially Tibetan Buddhism headed by HH the Dalai Lama is booming!!! HH the Dalai Lama is like a rock star , seriously.
The main point about Buddhism that his Holiness states is that BUDDHISM MUST EVOLVE! The key of Buddhism is to promote compassion and for that Buddhism must always remain socially relevant to human beings. It should update and fit the changing mindset especially amongst the youth of Bhutan. HH the Dalai Lama is heading the Mind and Life conference which is a conference held in California yearly , aimed at promoting interaction especially between science and Buddhism exploring the science of the mind.One of the most famous saying in Buddhism is that ” while the west explored the outer world, Buddhist explored the inner”. All the religions in the world are being tested by science because science now has become the medium of truth and BUDDHISM MUST ACCEPT THIS CHALLENGE!We need to update BUddhism in Bhutan like how the Dalai Lama is doing in the west. HH said “”If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change.”
Monks and nuns must be educated in Bhutan especially in modern eduation.Buddhist texts MUSt be translated into english because our youth are so bad at Dzongkha. Colleges and schools MUST MUST introduce study of Buddhism and Science, the psychological study of meditation, etc….. because in this way BUDDHISM WILL BE LEGITIMIZED not only by our own parents but because it is being legitimized by scientists all over the world. Its counter-pscyhology aimed at our youth to remain spiritual and rooted our essential values.
2. Promote Secular Spiritualism.
- Honestly a lot of young kids are losing faith in religion because religions today are at war and that is SILLY! All religions aim at peace, compassion and love. The beliefs about religious cosmology, mantras, whatever might be different but the PRACTICE is THE SIMILAR. All traditions promote love, peace and compassion. Introduce comparative religious studies in Bhutan and try to mix up all the religions. TRY TO MAKE ALL THE GOOD SIDES OF ALL RELIGIONS be known in Bhutan . The majority BUddhist MUST MUST make friends with ALL RELIGIONS AND PEOPLE OF ALL COLOR> Bhutan is facing the challenging of diversity. We must handle it in the most peaceful manner. Otherwise , there is a threat to our internal security and the future well being of our country. We MUST strategize and plan for the future. Our moral imagination MUST expand ..
As a young person still studying outside Bhutan , there is only so much I can do except educate myself. The older generation and those in Bhutan must explore these options. Otherwise, our generation of people are heading towards spiritual crisis and skepticism.
” During our parents time they used to admire the person who gave up everything, wealth, power and fame. The letting go of the ego.
Today our younger people admire the person who gives into all those things. Holding onto the ego”.