The Beginnings of Bhutan

This blog isn’t about the beginnings of the country of Bhutan itself. Rather it is about the beginnings of my own journey of making my decision to travel to Bhutan. Although, the beginnings of the country of Bhutan itself are actually quite interesting, so I’ll throw in a few sentences about that. (It really would require another blog for all the details.)…The early history involves semi-nomadic herdsman. People of the Bon and Buddhist religions. Periods of turmoil and instability; and periods of victory and peace. Several key figures that changed the course of Bhutan’s history. Isolated from the outside world Continue Reading →

Bhutan: Happy. Happier. Happiness.

“May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes…”  –  part of Brahma Viharas (The Four Immeasurables). Traditional Buddhist prayer before beginning mediation. This is one of the main reasons I am going to Bhutan in October of this year: Equitable socio-economic development. Conservation and protection of the environment.  Preservation and promotion of unique cultural heritage. Good, responsive governance in which people participate. Health care and education accessible to all. Roads and communication devices. Livestock and agricultural development. Traditional handicrafts. These are the ingredients for happiness. In Bhutan. Back in the 1970’s, Bhutan’s Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, developed a Continue Reading →

Bags are Packed for Bhutan!

Preliminary itinerary created. Time off work requested. Deposit check paid. [Airline tickets purchased.] Bags are packed. I’m going to Bhutan! Well, ok, maybe the bags aren’t packet yet. But I am going to Bhutan! Bhutan. Land of the Thunder Dragon. A place where their quality of life is measured by Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross Domestic Product. Where they’ve been considered the eighth happiest country on this planet. Nestled in the Himalayas, surrounded by Tibet, Nepal, India, and China. Where Buddhism is the main religion and agriculture is a way of life. Sprinkled with temples and monasteries and prayer Continue Reading →

Bhutan: Bags are Packed!

Preliminary itinerary created. Time off work requested. Deposit check paid. Bags are packed. I’m going to Bhutan! Well, ok, maybe the bags aren’t packet yet. But I am going to Bhutan! Bhutan. Land of the Thunder Dragon. A place where their quality of life is measured by Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross Domestic Product. Where they’ve been considered the eighth happiest country on this planet. Nestled in the Himalayas, surrounded by Tibet, Nepal, India, and China. Where Buddhism is the main religion and agriculture is a way of life. Sprinkled with temples and monasteries and prayer flags and prayer Continue Reading →