Eminence Sogyal Rinpoche, Buddhist spiritual master, philosopher and writer;
Spiritual Director, Rigpa, London
could be more striking than the pristine, haunting beauty of the landscape
of Bhutan, or the atmosphere of peace and sacredness, which pervades the
land from end to end. Bhutan is a place blessed with an almost magical
power to transform the mind, whenever I am there I feel as if transported
into a pure realm. For the Kingdom of Bhutan is truly unique: it is the
only independent MahaYANA Buddhist country in the world. It has a great
Buddhist heritage, stretching back uninterrupted over 1,300 years, and
a legacy of more than 2, 000 temples, monasteries, dzongs and sacred sites.
Many of the greatest Buddhist saints, like Guru Padmasambhava and the omniscient
Gyalwa Longchenpa, have blessed this land, and holy places such as Paro
Kyichu Lhakhang, Bumthang Jambay Lhakhang still retain their original form,
dating back to the 7th century."
Earl of Ronaldshay, describing his arrival in 1921.
our passage through the bridge, behold a curious transformation. For just
as Alice, when she walked through the looking-glass, found herself in a
new & whimsical world, so we, when we crossed the Pa-Chhu, found ourselves,
as though caught up in some magic time machine fitted fantastically with
a reverse, flung back across the centuries into the feudalism of a medieval
Hickman, Author - Dreams of the PEACEFUL DRAGON, A Journey into Bhutan
world has few secrets left, but Bhutan is one of them. This is why I went
there. Isolated from the outside for three centuries, this forbidden Kingdom
in the Himalayas provides the setting for a bewitching adventure amongst
widely varying peoples and terrain".