In the U.S. church and state are clearly separated by the constitution, it is one one (that’s how they say it in Bhutan) of the founding concepts of this country. The results of this concept being part of our national fabric include a hugely diverse population in the U.S. who freely practice any religion
For the most part the students hiked up in casual athletic clothes we might call sweats, they say track. Each with a day pack on their back. During the day sometime all the students changed into kira and gho, the national dress, so they could visit the temple and participate in prayer. I always think the students look rather formal and yet festive at the same time when they wear kira and gho of their own choice instead of the school uniforms I see them in every day. At
One group of older students worked over open fires all morning preparing tea and then five dishes
The afternoon was a bit more relaxed, planting flowers, relaxing, playing a few games, visiting the temple. The original temple at this site was replaced a few years ago. The interior still smells of the cypress wood of which the floors, stairs and railings are built. The harvesting of cypress trees is tightly regulated in an effort to preserve the rapidly diminishing number of cypress trees in Bhutan. Around 4:00 the students assembled for prayer. Tea is served and then we all head back to school in the same random fashion in which we arrived. Shortly before dark almost everyone is back at school. It has been an auspiciously successful auspicious day.