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Bhutan, Buddhism and Buddhist Art

by Zara Fleming

Tuesday 9th March 2023

The day begins with a study of the life of Siddartha (revered today as Buddha Sakyamuni) and his influence on personal discipline and spiritual growth.  It continues with his spiritual journey to enlightenment: nirvana.  The study illustrates how Buddhism spread from its beginnings in India  through the Himalayas to Nepal, Bhutan and finally to Tibet. The aim of its sacred art, despite its aesthetic beauty, was designed to act as spiritual tools for meditation and the attainment of enlightenment.  Finally, the lecture will focus on Buddhism in Bhutan.  Known as the country of Gross National Happiness, it will feature its unique culture in ecology, spirituality, etiquette and politics.