The Blessings of Bhutan

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University of Hawaii Press, 2002 - History - 186 pages
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A captivating and splendid account of a complex nation on the cusp of tradition and modernity. Bhutan is distinctive--from its social structures to its development philosophy of Gross National Happiness. The Blessings of Bhutan is based on extensive travel and interviews. Written in an accessible style, the authors blend narrative about the country's history, religion, arts, and governance with lively personal anecdotes. It is an excellent contribution to the study of contemporary Bhutan that will appeal to laymen and scholars alike. --Karma Ura, Director of the Centre for Bhutan Studies

The blessings of Bhutan are many, including the appearance of this lyrical account of the country's many unique and fascinating aspects. Because they are among the Westerners most familiar with Bhutanese life, Blyth and Russ are able to penetrate well beyond the Shangri-la myth and show that, while parts of such an otherworldly myth apply, this Himalayan Kingdom is brimful of surprises, contradictions, and modern dilemmas. --K. E. S. Kirby Dorji, writer/editor, United Nations consultant, longtime resident of Bhutan.

 

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This is a charming book of vignettes about Bhutanese culture, religion and customs; the authors have spent quite a lot of time in Bhutan, traveling and volunteering and clearly understand their ... Read full review

Contents

The Consequence of Ridges
7
To Ha the End of the Sky
15
An Enterprise of Polarities
21
The Spirits Within
30
Ha Dzongdas Brother
38
What Do Monks Do?
44
Treasure Seekers
51
Teaching the Tulku High Five
57
A World of Circles
115
Caring for the Earth
122
Kunley Where Are You When We Need You?
131
Is Sex Necessary?
140
Female Persons
153
Gross National What?
160
What Lies Ahead?
167
Notes
177

Tantra Demystified
95
The Healing Arts
106

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Russ and Blyth Carpenter's connection with Bhutan began with a trek and cultural tour in 1996 and quickly expanded into public service projects. They currently lead tours to Bhutan, focusing on the remarkable culture of this unique and independent Buddhist kingdom.

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