20 Oct '11, 4am

'Bhutan is not Shangri-La on earth', Khaw Boon Wan says

'Bhutan is not Shangri-La on earth', Khaw Boon Wan says

Bhutan's Buddha Dordenma statue, seen here under construction in August, is a 42m-tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue seated on a 20m-tall throne. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 'Bhutan was mentioned several times in this House. I visited Bhutan a few years ago, and met a good cross-section of the people, from the prime minister, the chief monk, to civil servants and ordinary folks. I am not an expert on Bhutan, but the Westerners' romanticised version of this ancient kingdom does not fit the reality of what I saw. Bhutan is not Shangri-La on earth. The chief monk of Bhutan is a learned man, an enlightened monk and passionate about saving lives in the spiritual sense. He knows Singapore well, visiting us regularly to meet up with his devotees and friends. I asked him what brought him to Singapore. He explained that Singapore had cropped up during one meditation session. He was a...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/Parliament/Story/STIStory_725...

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