Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu, Bhutan 2022

Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu, Bhutan 2022

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A dzong is a type of fortified Buddhist monastery and administrative center found in the Himalayas, and Tashichho Dzong, on the outskirts of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, has been the seat of the Bhutanese government since 1968 (it was built in 1772). To me, this image illustrates how Bhutan's ancient and enduring culture can remain relevant and meaningful in today's world. The dzong is illuminated by hydroelectric power – clean, renewable energy and Bhutan’s number one export. Bhutan is the only country in the world that is carbon negative. In other words, Bhutan absorbs more carbon from the earth’s atmosphere than it releases. This nation has an unparalleled environmental ethic based on its Buddhist philosophy and its development policy that prioritizes Gross National Happiness – including the wellbeing of all of nature – over Gross National Product.