Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

Not so long ago i saw the movie – Travellers and Magicians, made by Khyentse Norbu (a.k.a. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche), who is a buddhist monk and is officially recognized as the reincarnation of a 19th century Tibetan saint. This was his first movie ever made in Bhutan. It’s a beautiful movie, i liked it very much and would recommend it to everyone. Coincidently, same week, there was a first-ever Bhutanese song and dance performance happening at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. So, naturally, we went. I really enjoyed the show, loved the dances and the singer Kencho Wangdi had an amazing voice. Here’s one of the dances they performed, it’s called the dance of the cremation ground:

Bhutan is a small kingdom in the Himalayan mountains, which is the 8th happiest country in the world, the most isolated and the least developed one. The landscapes of Bhutan are amazing. Bhutan is called Land of the Thunder Dragon or the Land of Medicinal Plants. In an effort to preserve its culture and environment, the government has put limits on tourists visiting Bhutan. Tourists have only been allowed into the country since 1974. Bhutan is also one of the last places on Earth where the Vajrayana (Tantric Buddhism) form of Buddhism is practiced. Bhutan’s rich historical past has resulted in cultural traditions which came with unique customs, manners, language, modes of dress, arts, and different types of dances and folk music. Bhutanese masked dances reflect highly complex symbolic understandings of life in a complex universe.
Some day, i hope, i’ll make it to Bhutan :yes:

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nickelodeon said,

7-15-2008 at 17:23:02     

Hi there, Just checked out the Bhutan proformance. Wish I could have been there. I’m curious how it’s rated as the 8th happiest country and what the other “happiest” places are.

metalisa said,

7-30-2008 at 13:17:40     

nice trip :satsmoke:

Bob said,

8-4-2008 at 17:47:36     

Cool dance, 8th happiest country, pretty scary masks for that, lol.

Khalden said,

11-9-2008 at 07:09:37     

Hi, I wanted to thank you for the link to the cremation grounds dance from Bhutan….also to assure you that Vajrayana bhuddism is alive and vibrantly flourishing through the teachings of Kali Ma Troma Rinpoche here in berkeley Ca. Her website is http://www.yogicbuddhism.org….she rocks heavily.beware
The Mahasiddhas were iconoclastic buddhist masters who both as a symbolic gesture and as a way to practise freely during times of persecution, went to the cremation grounds….a place no one would choose to go. They wore white skirts and the rainbow colors represent the 5 wisdoms and their corresponding elements of fire, water, earth, air and another one i cant recall, might be emptiness. Anyway thanks best of luck to you

omega said,

12-31-2008 at 12:33:53     

hey Khalden, thanks a lot for the link!!

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