Journey With Robert Thurman In Bhutan
JOURNEY WITH ROBERT THURMAN IN BHUTAN: Buddhist Teachings and Meditations in the Land of the Thunder Dragon takes you on an inner and outer journey into the heart of Bhutan. In this last remaining Buddhist Kingdom, a 'Shangri-La' in the Himalayas, Professor Robert A.F. Thurman explores the inner science of Buddhism and its expression in Bhutan's development goal of Gross National Happiness.
About the Actor
Professor Robert A.F. Tenzin Thurman is the first Westerner to be ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan civilization. Time Magazine, which chose him as one of its 25 most influential Americans, described him as a 'larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Siddhartha, from Asia to America.' Combining an encyclopedic knowledge of ancient Buddhist texts and a contemporary sense of humor, Professor Thurman makes these profound teachings accessible and highlights their relevance to current affairs.See all Editorial Reviews
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And, at the end, his talk on Gross National Happiness (once he got past some preliminaries) was direct and powerful. He clearly lays out how Western "economic development" is a latter-day form of colonialism. To see how the modern world is encroaching on the economics, environment, education, youth, and culture of Bhutan, see the following film:
In fact, you may want to watch that film before this one. It will make Bob's final point that much more compelling.
Back to this film: At other times, I was trying so hard to listen to Bob that I was missing some of the (mostly unrelated) scenery. Also, upon reflection, there were too few beautiful scenes of Bhutan, and I didn't learn much regarding Bhutan.
So it was like an audio-book of Bob added as a soundtrack to a home-movie about one of his trips to Bhutan.