So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 3, 2011 - Religion - 320 pages
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For more than a thousand years Tibet, Sikkim, Ladakh, and Bhutan were the santuaries of Tantric Buddhism. But in the last half of this century, geopolitics has scoured the landscape of the Himalayas, and only the reclusive kingdom of Bhutan remains true to Tantric Buddhism. As she travels through Bhutan and its neighbots, Crossette introduces readers to a world that has emerged from the middle ages only to find itself peering into the abyss of modernity.


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Contents

One And Then There Was
3
Two The Druk Gyalpo
21
Three Becoming Buddha
45
Four Before Tibet There Was Bon
63
five The Road from Lumbini
81
Eclipsed by Other Gods
91
No One Heard Us Cry
103
Eight Buddhist Nepal
127
Ten The Dragon People
173
Eleven All Sentient Beings
193
Twelve Aum Rinzis World
207
Thirteen Two Capitals Two Eras
225
Fourteen To Tashigang
241
Fifteen One Sunday in Bumthang
257
An Afterthought
277
Acknowledgments
285

Nine Buddha and the Bhutanese State
151

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Crossette is currently The New York Times U.N. Bureau chief.

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