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BHUTAN: The Land of Serenity

BHUTAN: The Land of Serenity

Text and photographs by Matthieu Ricard

Publisher: Thames and Hudson


Tucked away between China and India in the Himalayas, Bhutan remains a uniquely distinct country. Few photographers have been granted permission to reside in this long-inaccessible kingdom, now a democracy, where life quietly unfolds to the rhythm of traditions amid the magnificent unspoiled landscape.

Matthieu Ricard spent eight years in Bhutan with the spiritual master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. As a Buddhist monk, Ricard has witnessed private religious ceremonies, the life of a great Buddhist teacher, and exceptional works of are, as well as participated in the life of the local villagers. His encounters and experiences are recorded in breathtaking photos and a highly informative text. This exceptionally beautiful book is a sublime voyage to the heart of Bhutan, a land where spirituality and daily life are intimately linked. 184 color illustrations.