So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

by Barbara Crossette
     
 

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For more than a thousand years Tibet, Sikkim, Ladakh, and Bhutan were the santuaries of Tantric Buddhism. But in the last half of this century, geopolitics has scoured the landscape of the Himalayas, and only the reclusive kingdom of Bhutan remains true to Tantric Buddhism. As she travels through Bhutan and its neighbots, Crossette introduces readers to a world that

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For more than a thousand years Tibet, Sikkim, Ladakh, and Bhutan were the santuaries of Tantric Buddhism. But in the last half of this century, geopolitics has scoured the landscape of the Himalayas, and only the reclusive kingdom of Bhutan remains true to Tantric Buddhism. As she travels through Bhutan and its neighbots, Crossette introduces readers to a world that has emerged from the middle ages only to find itself peering into the abyss of modernity.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Journalist Crossette visits the last remaining strongholds of Tantric Buddhism, examining the ways this culture has preserved its uniqueness amidst the homogenizing influences of contemporary geopolitics. (July)
From the Publisher
"There is no other full-length contemporary American account of this likable and largely unvisited kingdom....Crosette unravels the intricacies of Buddhism with considerable clarity."—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307801906
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/03/2011
Series:
Vintage Departures
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,077,812
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Crossette, who joined The New York Times in 1973, spent seven years as a correspondent in Asia, and is now UN bureau chief. She was a Fulbright Professor of Journalism in India and has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at Princeton University. She won the 1991 George Polk Award for foreign reporting. She lives in New York City and Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania.

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