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Indo-Bhutan Relations: Recent Trends
This article examines Indo-Bhutan relations since the mid-20th century. Increased relations with India occurred as a result of political events in the region (Indian independence and the founding of t...
H.H. Khenpo Jigme Phuntsho: A Tribute and a Translation
This article recalls the life and activities of Khenpo Jikmé Püntsok (mkhan po 'jigs med phun tshogs) (1932-2003), a Buddhist scholar and treasure revealer (gter ston) of the Nyingma (rnying ma) tra...
Bhutanese Public Policy in the 'Century of Interdependence'
This article advocates the adoption of Buddhist perspectives in meeting the challenges posed by increasing global "interdependence." It argues that globalization has added significant complexity to th...
Television, Materialism and Culture: An Exploration of Imported Media and its Implications for GNH
The author attempts to articulate some of the negative aspects of commercial television as an aid to Bhutanese policy formation on the new medium (television was officially introduced to Bhutan in 199...
Formation of the State of Bhutan (’Brug gzhung) in the 17th Century and its Tibetan Antecedents
This article deals with the founding of the religious state of Bhutan ('bras ljongs) by Zhapdrung Ngawang namgyel (zhabs drung ngag dbang rnam rgyal) in the 17th century. Internal power struggles with...
Poverty Alleviation: A Buddhist Perspective
The author argues that the current predominant strategy for alleviating poverty, economic growth and development in and of itself, is not working. Drawing on Buddhist sūtras, the author examines what...
A 17th Century Stone Inscription from Ura Village
This article examines an inscription on a maṇi wall in the village of Ura in southeastern Bhutan that the author noticed during a stay in the area in 2002. The inscription records that the wall was ...
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