Seeking Shangri-La: Business as Unusual in Bhutan
Perhaps Shangri-La, Haa Valley

Seeking Shangri-La: Business as Unusual in Bhutan

Mostly you notice the natural beauty. Driving the roads and trekking the trails across Bhutan, we traced the bulges and hollows of the richly forested mountain sides. We ascended and descended steeply sloped valleys one…

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Druk and Dzong: Bhutan’s Cultural Heart
Trongsa dzong

Druk and Dzong: Bhutan’s Cultural Heart

By 1616, Ngawanag Namgyal aka Zhabdrung, a revered leader originally from Tibet, unified the divided fiefdoms of Bhutan into a holy Buddhist empire. All over the country you see golden statues and images of Zhabdrung…

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A Jolly Good Fell-ous: The Saint of Crazy Wisdom
Tantric image, Tibetan Buddhism

A Jolly Good Fell-ous: The Saint of Crazy Wisdom

The Tibetan branch of Buddhism starts about the 8th century with Guru Rinpoche, the most revered of the Buddhist teachers, then was imported into Bhutan by him and his disciples shortly thereafter. Over time its…

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Native Son: Honoring Buddha’s Birthplace
Copy, 4th c. bas-relief of Buddha's birth

Native Son: Honoring Buddha’s Birthplace

It's no surprise that adherents to three of the great religions established in the last three thousand years revere places associated with the lives of the great prophets who founded them. Not the least of…

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The Spaces We’ve Seen: Kathmandu’s Piazzas
Durbar Square, Kathmandu

The Spaces We’ve Seen: Kathmandu’s Piazzas

Noon, Saturday 25 April 2015. In a few horrifying minutes, shortly after we finished writing this tribute to the wondrous plazas of Kathmandu, they were in ruins. Thousands are dead across the country, as well…

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