Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said ''I Do,'' and Found Bliss [NOOK Book]

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Tucked away in the eastern end of the Himalayas lies Bhutan: a tiny, landlocked country bordering China, India, and Nepal. One of the most remote places in the world, Bhutan is rich in natural beauty, exotic landscapes, and ancient wisdom, where people are genuinely happy with very few material possessions and the government embraces "Gross National Happiness" instead of Gross National Product. As one of the few Americans to have lived in Bhutan, Linda Leaming offers a rare glimpse at the peaceful mountain ...
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Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said ''I Do,'' and Found Bliss

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Overview

Tucked away in the eastern end of the Himalayas lies Bhutan: a tiny, landlocked country bordering China, India, and Nepal. One of the most remote places in the world, Bhutan is rich in natural beauty, exotic landscapes, and ancient wisdom, where people are genuinely happy with very few material possessions and the government embraces "Gross National Happiness" instead of Gross National Product. As one of the few Americans to have lived in Bhutan, Linda Leaming offers a rare glimpse at the peaceful mountain kingdom so many have only dreamed of. For over ten years, Leaming has lived and taught in the small town of Thimphu, where there are fewer than 100,000 people and no traffic lights. "If enlightenment is possible anywhere," she writes, "I think it is particularly possible here." The Bhutanese way of life-quieter, slower, and more tranquil-can seem daunting to most Westerners, consumed with time, dates, speed, and efficiency. In Bhutan, people rarely check their e-mail and take their time answering their telephones. But, as Leaming shows us, a little patience-over a cup of warm tea and friendly conversation-can help soothe the most distressed mind and soul. In this funny, magical memoir, Leaming takes us with her on her travels through South Asia, sharing her experiences as she learns the language, customs, and religion; folklore of a revered Tibetan holy man who gave blessings to the people by whacking them on the head with a big wooden phallus; her unlikely romance with a Buddhist artist; and her discoveries about the unexpected path to happiness and accidental enlightenment, where true bliss resides. Married to Bhutan is a reminder that following our dreams is the way to be truly happy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401930943
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 249,713
  • File size: 936 KB

Meet the Author

     Linda Leaming is a writer whose work has appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal, Mandala, Guardian UK, A Woman’s Asia (Travelers’ Tales), and many other publications. Eric Weiner included her in his bestseller, The Geography of Bliss. Originally from Nashville, she has an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Arizona; and she regularly speaks about Bhutan at colleges, churches, seminars, and book groups. She is married to the renowned Bhutanese thanka painter, Phurba Namgay.

Find her at: www.marriedtobhutan.com and www.twitter.com/lindaleaming.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    A Passport To A Quieter Life.

    Imagine for a moment life at a slower pace. Your work place may open at 9:00 but you arrive there at 9:45 as most of the workers. Your morning agenda requires you to drop the kids off at school and take other family members to the bus stop so they can get to work. By this time it is morning tea so that is next on the list before going to work. It is first necessary to visit with co-workers and catch up on last nights shows and the other 'going ons' in each others lives when arriving at work. Making your way to your office you have time for a quick game on your computer and then you look at the clock and it is 11:30. You now have enough time to go run your errands and be punctual for lunch at 1:00. After noon is just a free flowing. Amazingly, everything gets accomplished at this slow relaxed work pace. Pack the car because we are moving to Bhutan! The slow pace and magical culture combined with the desire to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy life of the world appeals to Linda Leaming too. Her first visit to Bhutan births a desire for her to return. Eventually she sells her possessions to settle in this peaceful community. Adventure and happiness is in store for the author as she marries a renowned Bhutanese thanka painter, Phurba Namgay. The book explores her continuing lessons of the life style and mind set of these beautiful people. Their value and devotion to their life, spirituality, and family escorts the reader to deeper thought of "What truly is the importance of the life we are given?" I too would love to go visit after reading this book. Although I may never get to travel to Bhutan this book was my passport to a country I had never heard about and inspires me to establish some of their lifestyles and practices with in my own life. If you would like to read a fun and entertaining book filled with the history of Bhutan, its people and their magical lifestyle then I encourage you to buy this book. I enjoyed this book and plan on reading it again. As part of the FTC disclaimer rules I am making you aware that I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the book.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Absolutely delightful!

    I was a little skeptical when I received a complimentary copy of Married to Bhutan from Hay House as part of their blogger program. The book description looked interesting, but I was one of the few people who put "Eat Pray Love" down without finishing it. Even as a lover of biographies, I thought, "Does the world really need another story about a United States citizen finding a deeper meaning in life halfway around the world?" I'm happy to say I was absolutely wrong; Married to Bhutan is enchanting.

    Linda Leaming honestly and compassionately builds a beautiful bridge to another culture. She relates her experiences in a self-deprecating, often funny, way, and yet always holds a sensitivity for her surroundings. Her curiosity and reverence are contagious. I normally finish books very quickly, but I made myself read slowly, in my own nod to the pace of Bhutan.

    I also loved her observations about Western culture. She gracefully avoids the easy temptation of making Western life intrinsically bad and her new life in the East automatically good. Instead, her different circumstances bring perspective to her prior life. At one point she embraces her new connection to nature by stating, "To truly see something, we don't need to rely on senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing. For clear perception, we need to rely more on natural, not reasoned, impulses."

    I encourage you to pick up Married to Bhutan. It is an insightful celebration of life, love and travel. Like me, you may find yourself swept away by this quietly magical book.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    Extraordinary setting, captivating

    To me, this isn't so much a travel memoir as a personal memoir in an extraordinary setting. Kept me captivated from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about Ms. Leaming's adventures and couldn't help laughing at some of the typical misunderstandings that occurred along the way. Along the way, I learned a lot about the history and the parts of the Bhutan culture that she experienced. The country sounds so beautiful and I agree, pristine seems to be the perfect word. A lot of unforgettable stories within the larger stories. It will be a while before a cup of tea will be just a cup of tea. Indelible impressions of the kind, respectful, and resourceful people she met along the way. The vivid story about the dancing child will linger in my memory for a long time as well. Drupka Kunley (and his underpants)and Wang Drugay's string make me laugh just remembering them. Useful glossary in back. Note: This book was provided free through the GoodRead's First Reads program with an expectation of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Delightfully conveys a real feeling of Bhutan!

    Having travelled for a couple of weeks to Bhutan a few years ago, it was a total delight to read Linda Leaming's book that conveys so well the feeling of Bhutan, still today a unique and amazing country. The writing is straightforward, natural and honest, highly readable. Anyone who has been to Bhutan or would like to go to Bhutan, or loves to armchair travel, should enjoy this authentic personal experience.

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