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1 Bhutan

Lekha Singh; Forewordby Her Majesty Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck

Mapin Publishing, New Delhi, India, 2008, 0944142397 / 9780944142394, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 25 Cms x 29 Cms 
Printed pages: 125 alongwith 107 colour photographs. 034631

Price: 46.25 USD
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2 Bhutan Through the Lens of the King

Malvika Singh; Introduction By Pavan K.Varma

Lustre Press/Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2012, 8174368590 / 9788174368591, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 29 Cms x 23.5 Cms Photographs By His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck 
Printed Pages: 178 alongwith numerous colour and b/w photographs. 036808

Price: 37.25 USD
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3 Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness

John Wehrheim

Serindia Publications, Chicago, USA, 2011, 1932476512 / 9781932476514, First Edition, Paperback, New, John Wehrheim 
Printed Pages: 275 with numerous b/w illustrations. 036624

Price: 63.95 USD
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4 Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

Tom Owen Edmunds

Timeless Books, New Delhi, India, 2010, 8189497286 / 9788189497286, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 31 Cms x 24 Cms 
Printed pages: 160 alongwith numerous colour photographs. 034685

Price: 49.75 USD
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5 Narrative of the Mission of George Bogle to Tibet (A.D.1774) and the Journey of Thomas Manning to Lhasa (A.D.1811)

Clements R.Markham

Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, India, 1999, 812061366X / 9788120613669, Reprint, Hard Cover, New, 
Printed pages: 350 alongwith 9 plates and 4 maps. 035009

Price: 22.25 USD
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6 Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

Lisa Napoli

Crown Publishers, New York, 2011, 0307953467 / 9780307953469, First Edition, Paperback, New, 16 x 24 Cm 
Printed Pages: 297. 036580

Price: 9.25 USD
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7 The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan

Terese Tse Bartholomew and John Johnston (eds)

Serindia Publications, Chicago, USA, 2008, 1932476350 / 9781932476354, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 23 x 30 Cm 
This catalogue accompanies The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan, one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of Buddhist art to be held in recent times. For over five years, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Little, has conducted ambitious fieldwork and research in Bhutan. Enjoying a close working relationship with the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Honolulu Academy of Arts research teams have been given unprecedented access to the nation’s treasuries of sacred art and dance. The Dragon's Gift offers a rare opportunity to introduce, to the wider international audience, some of the most sacred Buddhist images of Bhutan. From the wealth of material surveyed, the organizers of the exhibition have selected over one hundred objects of superior aesthetic achievement and deep religious significance, the vast majority of which have never before been seen in the West. Nearly all of the works of art presented in this catalogue are from active temples and monasteries and remain in ritual use. Most of the items are painted or textile thangkas or gilt bronze sculptures which date primarily from the 17th to the 19th centuries a golden age in the Buddhist arts of Bhutan. Ranging from depictions of Tantric deities to individualized portraits of Buddhist masters, the exhibition and catalogue present outstanding works of art with a wide iconographic scope. For the Buddhist people of Bhutan, these sacred items are conceived as supports along the journey to enlightenment, and are of vital spiritual significance. Complementing the presentation of sacred works of art is the documentation of the ancient Cham dances of Bhutan, to which the dance preservation team was given privileged entrée. Having documented over three hundred hours of sacred and secular dances, they have made a first assay of one of the few surviving treasures of the trans-Himalayan movement tradition. These differing approaches to the visual and moving arts provide further insight into the unique experience of Buddhism in Bhutan. A brief sampling of the variety of extant dance lineages some many centuries old is included on the DVD contained within the catalogue. Beautifully illustrated, the catalogue also includes twelve essays contributed by leading Bhutanese and Western scholars, covering various aspects of the Bhutanese arts. Contributors include: Dr. Stephen Little, Ven. Lopön Pemala, Ven. Khenpo Phuntsok Tashi, Terese Tse Bartholomew, John Johnston, Dr. Karma Phuntsho, Dr. David Jackson, Dr. John A. Ardussi, Dr. Yonten Dargye, Dr. Per K. Sørensen, Dorji Yangki, Ephraim Jose, Mark Fenn, and Joseph Houseal. Printed Pages: 390 with 300+ colour illustrations. 033008

Price: 90.00 USD
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8 The Gitagovinda of Jayadeva: Love Song of the Dark Lord

Barbara Stoler Miller

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 8120803663 / 9788120803664, Reprint, Hardcover, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Printed Pages: 245. 003541

Price: 50.00 USD
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9 The Kingdom at the Centre of the World : Journeys into Bhutan

Omair Ahmad

Aleph Book Company, 2013, 9789382277019, First Edition, Paperback, New, 
A small, sparsely populated kingdom at the eastern end of the Himalayas, Bhutan is often described as one of the most isolated countries on earth. In this unprecedented portrait an informed and insightful mix of political history and travel writing Omair Ahmad shows that the opposite, in fact, is true. Located at the intersection of several political, cultural and religious currents, Bhutan has been a part of and been shaped by, some of the most transformative events in Asian and world history. Beginning with Padmasambhavas epic work to establish Buddhism in the Himalayas, The Kingdom at the Centre of the World tells the story of Bhutans emergence as an independent Buddhist nation in the seventeenth century under the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who turned his back on Tibet; the exploits of Jigme Namgyal the Black Regent who united Bhutan and fought the armies of British India to a standstill; and the remarkable Wangchuk monarchs, who have ruled Bhutan since the beginning of the twentieth century. Alongside, the book also examines events around Bhutan that have affected it profoundly: the rise and fall of Tibet and the Mongol and British empires; the spread of Nepali-origin people across South Asia; Sikkims dramatic loss of sovereignty; and the conflicting territorial ambitions of India and China. Most fascinating of all, the book argues that it is in Bhutan more, perhaps, than in any other nation that alternative modes of governance and progress are being tested in an increasingly homogenized world. As it chooses Gross National Happiness (GNH) over Gross National Product (GNP), grapples with a complicated refugee crisis, experiments with a guided democracy and tries to retain its cultural heritage while it opens up to the world, Bhutan could have important lessons for us all. 037955

Price: 12.37 USD
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