The Last Buddhist Kingdom on Earth: Bhutan
Bhutan is the last of the Himalayan Kingdoms. It is a small country where everyone I've met speaks English very well and likes to be photographed. It seems like half the country is made up of Buddhist monks in red robes; the other half, farmers in their traditional costume, the gho. Bhutan's remoteness has preserved its ancient architecture and reverential way of life. Prayer flags flutter in the clean air of the mountain passes, the unpaved roads bend themselves around mountain shrines. Hillsides with ancient trees are clothed in mist and cloud.
This existence of our is as
transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death
of beings is like looking at the
movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of
lightening in the sky
rushing by, like a torrent
down a steep mountain.
One of the most beautiful aspects of Bhutan is each incredibly expressive face that you meet … weaving, dancing, spinning, chanting, lighting butter lamps, shooting an arrow. It is the essence of spirituality come to life.