Bhutan religion

Tibetan Buddhism:

Almost all Bhutanese have religious belief, about two-thirds of Bhutanese believe in two major branch of Tibetan Buddhism – DrukPa KagyuPa and NingmaPa, disciplines of Mahayana Buddhism. When each of the religious festivals comes, the whole country are immersed in the grand celebrating atmosphere. As a foreign tourist, you can join it to have fun with the lovely and peaceful Bhutanese. It surely will be the most unforgettable experience in your life time.

Besides Buddhism in Bhutan, there are still some major religions throughout the whole country as listed below:

 

Bön:

Bön, the country's animist and shamanistic belief system, revolves around the worship of nature and predates Buddhism. Although Bön priests often officiated and included Bön rituals in Buddhist festivals, very few citizens adhere exclusively to this religious group.

 

Hinduism:

Hinduism, mainly in the South, followed the Shaivite, Vaishnavite, Shakta, Ghanapathi, Puranic, and Vedic schools. Hindu temples exist in Thimphu and southern areas, and Hindus practice their religion in small to medium-sized groups.

 

Christianity:

Christians are present throughout the country in very small numbers. There was reportedly only one building dedicated to Christian worship in the south, the only area with a sufficiently large congregation to sustain a church; elsewhere, Christian families and individuals practice their religion at home. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) claimed the Government discouraged open worship by large and small gatherings. There were no Christian missionaries in the country. International Christian relief organizations and Roman Catholic Jesuit priests engaged in education and humanitarian activities.

 

Most importantly, the law provides for freedom of religion; however, the government limited this right in practice by barring non-Buddhist missionaries from entering the country, limiting construction of non-Buddhist religious buildings, and restricting the celebration of some non-Buddhist religious festivals. Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion, although in the southern areas many citizens openly practice Hinduism. The draft constitution due to be implemented in 2008 would protect freedom of religion, stating that "a Bhutanese citizen shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion."

 

There are no reports of violence associated with pressure to conform to Mahayana beliefs. There were no reports of societal abuse or discrimination based on religious belief or practice.

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