17 February, 2016

CHOEGYAL JANGCHUBSEMPA - Bodhisattva-Dharma Kings

    Saturday, 6th February 2016; it was such a beautiful morning. I woke up with a great news of the arrival of our awaited Gyalsay. The awaited day has come and a Bodhisattva is born. Our Prince – His Royal Highness The Gyalsay was born on 5th February 2016 at Lingkana Palace in Thimphu. We came to know that, His Majesty was by the side of Her Majesty at the time of Royal Delivery and following the Royal Birth, His Royal Highness The Gyalsay was first presented to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Through my inward eyes, I could see a panorama where, DHUESUM GYALPO - our Kings of three times (Past, Present and Future) were together for the very first time. Just too beautiful and too sacred! In celebration of this momentous occasion, I offered my prayers for the well-being and good health of Their Majesties, Members of the Royal Family and all the people of Bhutan who are all excited with profound joy on the birth of His Royal Highness the Gyalsay. As known to others, ours is a land of Dharma. In the land of Dharma, Bodhisattvas take turn to be born as our Kings. Our wise Dharma Kings have always ruled the kingdom with compassion and love for all sentient beings. Their exemplary deeds are endless. 
    Going back to the history, before the institution of hereditary monarchy, our country had been through hard times with unending armed conflicts. To everyone's great relief, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck bought peace, well-being and political reforms. Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck (1862-1926) – our first hereditary Monarch was undisputed reincarnation of Guru Rinpoche as per the prophecy in Kathang Duepa where Guru Himself mentioned “Commanding a part of the throne from Bumthang, my reincarnation will come as a Dharma King.” In another instance, when the disciples of a great Yogi/Bodhisattva in Tibet requested their master to pronounce a prophecy about his future reincarnation, he said “I will be born in Monyul Bumthang bearing the first name as Ugyen.” 
     As prophesied by Geshey Mindru and Azom Drukpa Rinpoche of Tibet, His Majesty Jigme Wangchuck the 2nd King was born for the welfare of sentient beings. He was born without any labour pain and amid auspicious signs. He ruled the Kingdom with firm rule of law. Law prevailed and peace & well-being flowed like rivers. 
    His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck was compassionate and benevolent dharma king who even pardoned the very man who made an assassination attempt on Him. His Majesty believed that all human beings perceived the feelings of happiness and sadness in the same way. 
    The birth of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo was prophesied to Terton Drukdra Dorje by Guru Rinpoche. Our Fourth Druk Gyalpo His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck is King of extraordinary wisdom and strength. Through His personal involvement, all external and internal threats were purged. We can never complete to list His Majesty’s noble deeds as it is endless. 
    Our Fifth Monarch, His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the people’s King, who is admired, loved and respected not only by the Bhutanese people but also by the people of other nationalities beyond our national boundary. His Majesty bears all marks of noble character of a great and Bodhisattva King.
    No doubt, our His Royal Highness The Gyalsay inherits great qualities of our Kings and would take the Nation and its people to greater heights. 
  On this most joyous occasion, I only tried to recall our Bodhisattva Kings & their noble and benevolent deeds. My description here is just a tip of an iceberg. Our country that faced unending internal strife and external threats before the institution of hereditary monarchy is today known to the world as 'The Land of Gross National Happiness'. I am humbly grateful to our Kings. They are not only the greatest of great leaders but Bodhisattva Kings.


  1. Comprehesive history of the noble deeds of Our Kings! Typing error for "Wangchuck" as "Wandchuck" if you wish to edit. Keep writing, Aku!

  2. Thank you for stopping by my post. I have just corrected typing error. Thanks and appreciated so much.

  3. It is known as Dharmachakra Mudra or 'turning the wheel of Dharma.' Symbolic of the Buddhas first sermon after he achieved enlightenment, it is meant to signify the moment the Buddha to put into motion his teachings.
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