The East West Center Gallery presents the exhibition entitled "Bhutan: Gross National Happiness". Bhutan’s fourth monarch, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, led his people from absolute monarchy to a democracy guided by the principle that Gross National Happiness better measures success than Gross National Product. The fourth king rejected the conventional model of global development: that more is better and growing consumption equals success. The king aimed to balance the country’s economic needs with environmental preservation and traditional values, founded on the Buddhist principles that all life is sacred and all living beings are interdependent. The Four Pillars of Gross National Happiness are: Environmental Preservation, Preserving and Promoting Culture, Good Governance, and Balanced Economic Development.
Featuring photographs of people in everyday life taken between 1991 and 2006, the exhibition also includes textiles, Buddhist ritual items, and utilitarian objects, as well as a traditional mandala made of sand and created on site by visiting Bhutanese Buddhist monks. A sand mandala is a visual representation of the Himalayan Buddhist cosmos.
The creation of the mandala can be viewed on weekdays: Monday, February 26, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 27 – Friday, March 2, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Admission is Free. Open on Weekdays 8:00am-5:00pm and Sundays Noon-4:00pm. Closed Saturdays and Federal Holidays.
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This exhibition is made possible by The EWC Arts Program is supported in part by Aqua-Aston Hospitality, The Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Barbara B. Smith, Richard H. Cox, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, The Arthur Goodfriend Intercultural Fund, and other generous donors.