The Land of Serenity.
Photographs by Matthieu Ricard.
Thames & Hudson,
232 pp., 184 color illustrations, 9½x10¼".
Tucked away between China and India in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan remains a relatively little-known country. Few photographers have been granted permission to enter this remote kingdom, where life quietly unfolds to the rhythm of traditions amid the magnificent, unspoiled landscape.
Nearly twenty-five years ago, Matthieu Ricard, a monk and photographer, went to Bhutan to study with Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche, a highly revered Tibetan Buddhist mater and teacher. During this time, he also came to know the royal family. He has continued to return to Bhutan throughout his life, discovering on each occasion another of its invaluable treasures.
As a Buddhist monk, Ricard has witnessed religious ceremonies and the life of a great Buddhist master, and he has also participated in the daily lives of local villagers. His encounters and experiences are recorded here in this exceptionally beautiful book.
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