Bhutan

Bhutan

Former Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom

Bhutan is one of the most extraordinary countries in the world. It has one of the most pristine natural environments and is considered one of the world’s hotspots for conservation and biological diversity. It is landlocked and separated from Tibet by the massive Himalayas to the north and the rest of the country is surrounded by Sikkim and India.

Bhutan is a devoutly Buddhist land. Similar to Tibet, monks and nuns are venerated by all and they still honor the centuries-old custom of having one son from every family enter a monastery. The monasteries, with their stunning architecture, are filled with treasures of Buddhist sacred art. They will be your classroom where you will study philosophy, sacred art and Bhutan’s Buddhist traditions. You will offer your services at a school and will be totally immersed in Bhutan’s remarkable culture.

The study abroad program begins in Kolkata, India, where you will study Hinduism and Jainism with visits to Jain and Hindu temples. You will study Buddhist art at The Indian Museum that houses a superb collection of Indian sculpture. In Kolkata, you will receive lectures from prominent Jain and Hindu scholars.

You then depart for Darjeeling, a once former British hill station. In Darjeeling, your studies turn to Buddhism, with visits to a few of the area’s most important monasteries. We then depart Darjeeling on a spectacular mountain drive through lush tea plantations and small villages to Bhutan. In Bhutan your study of Buddhism continues as you explore some of the most beautiful temples and monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist world including Tiger’s Nest.

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Instructors, Scholars & Guides

Tshering T. Dorji

Tshering T. Dorji

Tshering has spent his entire life in Bhutan. He grew up in a small village and is an expert on Bhutanese traditions, history, art, culture and religion. He is a seasoned trekker and has led many expeditions in Bhutan. Tshering is also a very talented singer, dancer and a master of archery — Bhutan’s national sport. His friendly personality and vast knowledge of Bhutan’s cultural heritage brings our guests into the very special world of Bhutan — the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Venerable Gap Tshering

Venerable Gap Tshering

The senior instructor at Lekshed Jungney Shedra (college) at the Punakaha Dzong, he studied Sanskrit for many years in Varanasi, India. He has completed many years of solitary retreat meditating on the teachings of Buddha. Gap Tshering is proficient in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Bhutanese, and English. His superb command of the English language and in-depth knowledge of Buddhist philosophy offers our guests a rare opportunity to receive lectures from one of Bhutan’s most qualified teachers.

Picturing Bhutan