Day 3: Buddhists in Bhutan

Growing up, Pema absorbed her understanding of Tibetan Buddhism through the culture around her. In the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, only the lamas (spiritual leaders) learned the deeper things of Buddhism and were responsible to guard the worldview of society in Bhutan. In school, where the students learned Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan, they also memorized and recited morning and evening prayers.

The school prayers were to the god of wisdom, for special people, and for good rebirth. Pema learned that the act of praying – memorized prayers or spinning prayer wheels – was helpful for a person’s karma. Good karma needed to be earned for a better rebirth. Her focus in praying, however, was the here and now – her troubled family. She was frustrated that she did not see any change in them or herself and did not feel much hope. But what to do? She kept doing what she had always done.

Pema found Christ when she grew older and in Him, she found her answers, forgiveness, and healing through prayer, led by the Holy Spirit and the Word. She wants to be one who teaches the message of Christ

WAYS TO PRAY?

Many young people in Bhutan, particularly in urban areas, follow Buddhist traditions without real belief. Pray that they will be thirsty for Living Water. (JOHN 4:13-14)

Pray for Christians in Bhutan to be genuine examples of Christ, showing the love of Christ in everything they do, as salt and light. (MATTHEW 5:13-16)

Covid-19 has had severe implications for the people of Bhutan, where tourism is a vital industry. Fear and worry have increased, with pressure to perform more religious rituals to ease the hardship. Pray for them to know the peace described in JOHN 14:27.

Sourced from the Buddhist Prayer Guide

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