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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 ...
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...
Security of Bhutan: Walking Between the Giants
A review of Bhutan's security issues in light of its position between India and China. Bhutan's relationship with its two neighbors has largely been defined by Chinese claims on Bhutanese territory. W...
International Politics of Bhutan
By comparing the situations of Bhutan and Nepal in their relations with India, this article discusses international political theories concerning the functions of small states within the international...
Predator-Prey Dynamics: The Role of Predators in the Control of Problem Species
This article presents a study that found increasing numbers of wild dogs (Cuon alpinus) corresponded to decreasing numbers of wild boars (Sus scrofa) in Bhutan. This has important implic...
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...
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...
How Should Happiness Guide Policy? Why Gross National Happiness Is Not Opposed to Democracy
This article is concerned with Gross National Happiness (GNH) as a guide to public policy decisions. The article briefly summarizes the author's conception of "deliberative democracy" as a system of p...
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...
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...
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