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.
Table of Contents
1. And Then There Was One 2. The Druk Gyalpo 3. Becoming Buddha 4. Before Tibet, There Was Bon 5. The Road from Lumbini 6. Ladakh: Eclipsed by Other Gods 7. Sikkim: “No One Heard Us Cry” 8. Buddhist Nepal 9. Buddha and the Bhutanese State 10. The Dragon People 11. All Sentient Beings 12. Aum Rinzi’s World 13. Two Capitals, Two Eras 14. To Tashigang 15. One Sunday in Bumthang
An Afterthought A Glossary of Common Words
About Barbara Crossette
Barbara Crossette, who joined The New York Times in 1973, spent seven years as a correspondent in Asia, and is now UN bureau chief. She was a Fulbright Professor of Journalism in India and has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at Princeton University. She won the 1991 George Polk Award for foreign reporting. She lives in New York City and Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania.
"There is no other full-length contemporary American account of this likable and largely unvisited kingdom....Crosette unravels the intricacies of Buddhism with considerable clarity."--The New York Times Book Review