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Title: Formation of the State of Bhutan (’Brug gzhung) in the 17th Century and its Tibetan Antecedents
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: John Ardussi
One Sentence Summary: 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.

Description: 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 within the Drukpa Kagyü ('brug pa bka' brgyud) leading up to the founding are discussed. The political system that emerged in Bhutan is compared with other models of government in Tibet and Sikkim. The article also discusses the biography of Zhapdrung written by Tsang Khenchen (gtsang mkhan chen), which justifies the Zhapdrung's state building enterprise through the use of common Buddhist archetypes of that time. This text is contrasted to a similar work by Desi Sanggyé Gyatso (sde srid sangs rgyas rgya mtsho) (1653-1705) justifying the activities of the 5th Dalai Lama. (Ben Deitle 2006-02-08)

Publisher: The Centre for Bhutan Studies
Normalized publisher place: Thimphu, Bhutan
Publisher country: Bhutan
Publisher URL: www.bhutanstudies.org.bt
Published Date: 2004
URL: http://www.thlib.org/static/reprints/jbs/JBS_11_02.pdf
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- History -- Bhutan
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Bhutan -- Journal of Bhutan Studies -- (2004) Vol. 11
Cultural Coverage: Bhutan
Tibet
Sikkim
Temporal coverage: 17th century
Language: English
Source URL: http://www.bhutanstudies.org.bt/journal/journal.htm
Source: Journal of Bhutan Studies
Source Editor: Karma Ura
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 11
Source Page Numbers: 10-32
Frequency of publication: Semi-annually
ISBN/ISSN: 16084128

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Resource Type: Article
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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-12-19 16:24:19
Date Record Checked: 2006-02-08
Date Last Modified: 2006-05-19 15:04:56
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