Bhutan History Moment: Padmasambhava

Among the remarkable pieces of Bhutanese History is the story of Padmasambhava and the arrival of Buddhism to the region.  Padmasambhava, popularly known as Guru Rinpoche or Guru Drubchu in Bhutan, traveled to the Himalayan region in the 8th century.  An excellent short essay on his travels can be found on HERE.

Padmasambhava carved into the hillside on the road to Tango Buddhist University.
Padmasambhava carved into the hillside on the road to Tango Buddhist University.

You will find, as we travel around Bhutan, paintings, sculptures, carvings, and stories about this legendary figure.  As we make our way across the country, keep your eyes open for these signs of his travels and historical sites that honor his gift to Bhutan.


Ready for a Trip to Asia?

Taktsang Temple near Paro, Bhutan
Taktsang Temple near Paro, Bhutan

Imagine walking the streets of Kyoto, Japan.  We dart into a small side street in Gion, seeing the remarkable architecture and the spaces of traditional Japan.  Or imagine a climb up the side of a cliff face, walking on ancient steps to the site of the Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang, near Paro, Bhutan.

Our Asia trip this year includes trips to Japan, Bangkok, and Bhutan.  We will meet students and families, see temples, shrines, museums, and schools.  Our group will travel light, moving from place to place, seeing all there is to see on this remarkable experience.

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Peace to you!


Thailand and Bhutan Reflection

As I sit here deep in the heart of the South, I cannot help but reflect on our trip to Asia and the shenanigans we encountered and participated in.  I distinctly remember Cole saying, when we landed in Bangkok, “I wonder if I will be more calm after this trip?”

The last I saw of our group, leaving the Albuquerque Sunport late at night, I can say they were most certainly calm…maybe catatonic would be a more appropriate word!  Having read a couple of journals so far, I can say that their experiences were as varied as the people they are.

In the coming days, I will post a variety of reflections from the trip.  I asked each person who traveled to write their down their experiences in journal form.  These journals I am including here on a page for each student.  Hopefully, they will contribute to the conversation about Thailand and Bhutan in the coming weeks and months.

Finally, we are establishing a fund to support the Tshangkha Middle Secondary School in Trongsa.  That fund will involve collecting specific resources for students in the school including paper, markers, pencils, and books used for instruction.  I am in touch with the school, and teachers are compiling a list of essential items I hope we can provide.

Stay tuned for more information and student insights!