King and lama
In all of the Buddhist Himalayas there is the long-standing tradition to see the king as a servant of the Buddhist teaching (dharma*) and of the monk-body (sangha). According to this understanding, the king bows before the Lama, who is seen as crucial for the most important aspect of life - the spiritual one. The peace brought about by the monarchy, on the other hand, is regarded as a present of a bodhisattva.
Until today an entity of religious value has influenced the Bhutanese monarchy. The king's throne is called the »Golden Throne«, which in fact is reserved for high lamas. One of the most important symbols of the monarchy is the Raven Crown. The etiquette of the court follows that of monastic life - the code of behaviour at court literally translates to »the foundations of monastic order«.