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Abstract

This paper examines the concept of tha damtshig (highest vow). Based on Buddhist teachings, the concept of tha damtshig plays an important part in Bhutanese society. After a brief discussion of Buddhist doctrines that shape the concept of tha damtshig, the paper considers how the concept shapes everyday understandings of moral values and conduct, its transmission and more recently the subtle political use of it to define loyalty to the state.

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