Discover the monasteries, dzongs and dramatic landscapes of Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom whose official development policy is known as "Gross National Happiness."
Isolated from the outside world for centuries, closed off to visitors until four decades ago, the Kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayan Mountains is anachronistic yet visionary. It is the last living Vajrayana Buddhist Kingdom, where, during the seventh century, the teachings of the Buddha became the country's state religion. Over the last twelve hundred years these traditions of wisdom and compassion have infused every aspect of society. To safeguard national treasures of environment and culture, the country has consciously adopted a controlled tourism policy. Visitors to Bhutan must be either guests of the government or tourists on a group program and Princeton Journeys is pleased to be hosting an exclusive delegation for an inside look at the complexities of this hidden kingdom.
The group size of this program is strictly limited to 18 participants and only a few places remain. Please contact the Princeton Journeys team soon to experience, at this historic juncture, Bhutan on the brink of transformation.
An optional post-tour extension to Khatmandu, Nepal will also be available.
About the Study Leader
Jonathan C. Gold is a Professor of Religion and Behrman Faculty Fellow. He teaches courses on Asian religions, and his research focuses on Buddhist intellectual traditions-especially theories of interpretation, translation, and learning. His book, Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy (2015), traces a continuity of philosophical interest and purpose across diverse works attributed to one of Buddhism's greatest philosophers. His first book, The Dharma's Gatekeepers: Sakya Pandita on Buddhist Scholarship in Tibet (2007), explains the nature of language and the role of the scholar from the unique perspective of a great thirteenth-century Tibetan philosopher. Current projects include studies in Buddhist ethics through the Tibetan "Three Vows" (sdom gsum) literature and Śāntideva's Bodhicaryāvatāra, and a trans-national history of the doctrine of non-violence. He is founder of the Princeton University Buddhist Ethics Reading Group and co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Comparative Philosophy.