About Us

Bhutan is the world's only surviving Vajrayana Buddhist nation, a rich repository of traditions, About Deerpark Thimphuculture and contemplative disciplines that have been painstakingly nurtured over the centuries and tempered by the winds of time. In fact, it is often joked that 'Dharma' is Bhutan's main export as many lamas frequently travel overseas to transmit our wisdom traditions. However, times are changing, and Bhutan itself is at the crossroads of a profound and tumultuous transformation. A modern generation is struggling to find an identity among the shifting sands of dynamic and profound social and political change. Traditions and culture are increasingly overwhelmed by the onslaught of consumerist and urban trends, and established patterns of living are changing beyond recognition. As a result, our youth are caught between the banks of the old and the crashing waves of the new. Pursuit of a meaningful life that harmonizes past traditions with a modern outlook is a daily dilemma.

A modern education system has enabled a whole generation of Bhutanese to attain a level of secular knowledge not even dreamt of by their parents, and this has opened up a whole vista of possibilities. However, secular knowledge deprived of wisdom is like a tree lacking sustenance. It is unstable and does not bear healthy fruit. Modern education teaches how to make a living, but not how to live. Contrarily, an understanding of our wisdom traditions produces a genuine transformation in our daily lives that provides a very sane direction in which to meaningfully channel our energies. 

It was with a sincere and heartfelt wish to revitalize these traditions and to make them meaningful to our youth that the idea of establishing a centre in Thimphu was conceived. In 2007, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche agreed to head this centre, and taking the name 'Deer Park Thimphu, a Centre for Art and Contemplation',  the centre entered Rinpoche's vast mandala of Dharmic activities and became a sister organization of Rinpoche's  first Deer Park centre located in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche