Education they say is one of the basic forms of human rights that every person must be made to enjoy. Enshrined as part of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the United Nations, this right continues to be a highly debated topic when taken up before international forums. Affirming this belief, the Phajoding Monastery in Bhutan caters to the growing needs of the underprivileged individual while also showcasing a wealth of artefacts that date back centuries.
Having derived its name from Saint Phajo Drugam Zhigpo who is believed to have meditated here in the 13th century, this hallowed ground was regarded as a thriving religious institution in all of Bhutan. In the years to come, neglect and technology would slowly consume it and in turn the shrine fell into a state of despair and was thereafter rated by the World Monuments Fund as a cultural site that needed urgent attention and care.
Through the years the monastery has evolved into arguably one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country and currently serves as a source of great learning. The group of resident monks known as ‘Dratshang Lhentshog’ are those that are funded by the Bhutanese Government and rely on its funds to a greater extent. The present number stands at 40 and it is expected that many more children will be sent here with a view of garnering a better understanding of the Buddhist faith.
Visitors arriving at this magnificent complex which is found just above the nation’s capital of Thimphu can marvel at its sheer presence. Housing a collection of priceless Buddhist artefacts within its hallowed buildings, the Phajoding Monastery is flanked by misty mountains and towering trees that certainly enhance its beauty.
However it is the monastic school that draws plenty of visitors to its premises. Travellers have the option of sponsoring a monk or even making a donation or two which would contribute towards the development of the monks and the monastery’s future. The monastery offers teaching in areas such as Buddhist Philosophy, Maths, English, Environmental Studies, Organic Gardening and even Computer Studies. Empowering the youth of Bhutan through religion is its fundamental belief and thus every visitor too is encouraged to contribute towards its forward march.
Should you be arriving in the country anytime soon, then perhaps a trip to this sacred premises could be arranged. Uma Bhutan which is a luxurious Bhutan hotel is found near to the complex and would be a suitable place to stay at. The Bhutan tour packages of this hotel will surely include a journey to the Phajoding Monastery and therefore travellers could look forward to spending some time, engrossed in a worthy cause on their holiday.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+