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Bhutan: Spirit & Nature

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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What Makes You Not a Buddhist

TBT96
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Shambhala
2007
128
1590304063
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Tibetan lama and filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse (Travellers and Magicians) gives a decidedly modern take on dharma, happiness, suffering and enlightenment in this engaging primer.
$15.95

Odyssey Guide Bhutan

BHU03
Francoise Pommaret
Odyssey Publications
2009
326
9622178103
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An authoritative overview of the kingdom, enhanced by color photographs, well-chosen literary excerpts and many maps, this guide by Bhutan expert and ethnographer Pommaret is exceptionally good. With a general introduction to the history, geography, economy, flora and fauna, festivals and the arts.
$23.95

Bhutan & Northern India Map

BHU06
ITMB
ITMB
2012
1
1553411528
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided traveler's map at an excellent scale of 1:345,000 with a larger scale map of Northern India and Bhutan on the reverse.
$12.95

Bhutan, A Trekker's Guide

BHU23
Bart Jordans
Cicerone
2008
332
1852845538
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to 27 treks and walks throughout the mountain kingdom with color photographs and detailed sketch maps throughout.
$24.95

Lonely Planet Bhutan

BHU11
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
320
1786573237
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A guide to Bhutan with a good overview of culture, history and nature, sketch maps, a section of color photographs and plenty of practical detail on sightseeing and treks.
$29.99

The Traveling Nature Photographer

PHT31
Steven Morello (Photographer)
Schiffer Publishing
2008
176
0764330551
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition.
$29.99

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

TBT15
Robert Thurman
HarperCollins
1996
317
0062510517
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites.
$14.99

Material World

GEN02
Paul Kennedy, Charles C. Mann, Peter Menzel
Sierra Club Books
1995
255
0871564300
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An inspired idea, this book documents 30 families around the world with all their possessions artfully arrayed around them. It includes a particularly good chapter on a Bhutanese family.
$29.95

The Blessings of Bhutan

BHU16
Russ and Blyth Carpenter
University of Hawaii Press
2002
192
0824826795
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
1
0
Head-over-heels in love with Bhutan, the Carpenters introduce their adopted home, its people, customs, religion and history.
$26.99

The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa

BHU24
Sarah Harding
Random House
2003
200
1559391944
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A translation of the stories, meditations and discussions of Pema Lingpa (1450-1521), an important figure in Bhutanese religious history.
$21.95

From the Land of the Thunder Dragon

BHU01
Susan S. Bean (Editor), Diana K. Myers (Editor)
Serindia
2008
248
0906026334
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This magnificent survey, featuring 130 color photographs, illuminates with authority the huge cultural significance of weaving in Bhutan. With contributions by Michael Aris, Francoise Pommaret, Susan Bean and principal author Diana Myers, it's the definitive book on the subject, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum.
$50.00

Beneath Blossom Rain

BHU38
Kevin Grange
Bison Books
2011
352
0803234333
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
From his arrival at Paro International Airport to the last of 11 mountain passes, 24 days and 216 miles later, Grange writes with verve of his adventures on his trek across Bhutan.
$19.95

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

BHU08
Jamie Zeppa
Riverhead Books
1999
303
157322815X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Zeppa's memoir of her time as a teacher in a remote Bhutanese village shows her growing love and commitment to the people and culture.
$16.00

Married to Bhutan

BHU36
Linda Leaming
Hay House
2011
256
1401928463
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Enraptured by the customs, land and people of Bhutan, where she has lived and worked for 10 years, Leaming writes with humor and candor about her often-bumpy cultural immersion, her romance with a Buddhist artist and her unexpected path to happiness.
$14.95

Radio Shangri-La

BHU35
Lisa Napoli
Crown
2012
304
0307453030
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Napoli writes with easy grace in this memoir of her time working on a fledgling Bhutanese radio station. With frankness and clarity she discusses the contradictions, poverty and reality of much mythologized Bhutan as it lurches into democracy and the modern world.
$15.00

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

NPL04
Barbara Crossette
Vintage Books
1996
297
0679743634
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Asia correspondent for the New York Times Crossette portrays Bhutan and neighboring Ladakh and Sikkim as strongholds of Tantric Buddhism in an increasingly homogenized world.
$16.95

Under the Holy Lake

BHU37
Ken Haigh
Michigan State Univ Press
2008
280
0888644922
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An English professor in Clarksburg, Ontario, Haigh describes the Buddhist temples, people, mountain trails and a simpler way of life in this love song to the mountain valley in Eastern Bhutan, where he was a young teacher on a two-year sojourn in the 1980s.
$29.95

The Circle of Karma, A Novel

BHU26
Kunzang Choden
Penguin Putnam
2005
328
8186706798
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
The first novel by a Bhutanese woman, this lyrical coming-of-age story explores the rituals of daily life in Bhutan. When Tsomo's mother suddenly dies, the young girl must travel alone across Bhutan and into India.
$14.00

Birds of India

FG43
Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp
Princeton University Press
2012
384
0691049106
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference.
$39.50

Mammals of India

IDA546
Vivek Menon
Princeton University Press
2009
200
0691140677
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
1
A Princeton Field Guide edition of Menon's authoritative survey of 400 mammalian species from tropical lowlands to the Himalayas. With large, clear photographs, range maps and introductory chapters on the groups of mammals, conservation and protected areas.
$35.00

Travellers and Magicians

BHU22
Khyentse Norbu (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
2005
5975107237
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
The first feature shot on location in Bhutan, this film, directed by a respected lama, follows a young official on his odyssey across the country. Along the way he is joined by a mischievous monk, an elderly peddler and an old man with his daughter.
$29.99

More Books

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

TBT06
Robert Thurman (Translator)
Bantam Doubleday
1994
275
0553370901
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A key text as presented by Robert Thurman for a western audience. This is the Tibetan guidebook to dying or "the between," written in the 8th or 9th century by Padma Sambhava.
$18.00

Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up, A Practical Approach for Modern Life

TBT19
B. Alan Wallace
Wisdom Publications
1993
214
0861710754
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A straightforward primer on the essentials of Buddhism as practiced in Tibet. The book is the result of a lecture series introducing the practice of Buddhism to the general public.
$17.95

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

HML31
Bikram Grewal
Ralph Curtis Publishing
1999
144
088359045X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A pocket guide to 250 birds found from the foothills up to high elevations ranging from the Hindu Kush and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. With brief descriptive information, maps and 260 full-color illustrations.
$15.95

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker: Traveller and Plant Collector

GEN79
Raymond Desmond
Antique Collectors Club
1999
286
1851493050
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A biography of the Victorian explorer and botanist featuring Hooker's illustrations and excerpts from his "Himalayan Journals"
$49.50

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

TBT40
John Powers
National Book Network
2007
591
1559392827
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive study of the history and philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism, suitable for the general reader.
$32.95

Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best

TLD40
Sylvie Franquet, Anthony Sattin
Fodor's
2015
128
1101879416
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide to Bangkok includes an excellent pullout map of the center of the city along with essential information on its highlights.
$13.99

It's Easier Than You Think, The Buddhist Way to Happiness

GEN264
Sylvia Boorstein
HarperCollins
1997
145
0062512943
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A down-to-earth, warm-hearted introduction to the basic teaching of Buddhism.
$14.99

Among Flowers, A Walk in the Himalaya

HML62
Jamaica Kincaid
National Geographic
2007
208
142620096X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An atmospheric account of celebrated writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid's journey to Nepal and the Himalayas with a small team of botanists.
$10.95

Footprint Bhutan Handbook

BHU18
Gyurme Dorje
Footprint Handbooks
2010
352
190347132X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
An up-to-date practical guide by a Buddhist scholar and expert in the region, this is a nice balance of cultural and historical overview and choice details for the traveler.
$25.95

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

TBT88
Graham Coleman, Gyurme Dorje
Penguin
2007
496
0143104942
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
The first complete English translation of an indispensable work on Tibetan religious beliefs.
$24.00

The Wheel of Life, The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist

HML76
John Blofeld
Shambhala
1988
316
0877730342
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Blofeld's ( (1913-1987) enchanting account of Buddhist worlds now largely vanished, including his life and travels in China, Tibet, Mongolia, India and Burma.
$30.00

Turning the Mind Into an Ally

BHU25
Sakyong Mipham
Antique Collector's Club
2004
234
157322345X
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A guide to meditation and practical introduction to teachings of the Shambhala Buddhist community, which has strong ties to Bhutan.
$16.00

Treasures of the Thunder Dragon, A Portrait of Bhutan

BHU28
Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
Penguin Putnam
2007
224
0670999016
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
Her majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck's vivid portrait of Bhutan, its history and folklore, villages, palaces and monasteries.
$19.95

Travels in the East

ASA63
Donald Richie, Stephen Mansfield (Introduction)
Stone Bridge
2007
180
1933330619
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The unmatchable, exuberant Richie (who winningly writes "New countries are like new clothes") muses on Egypt, India, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Thailand, Yap, Korea, and Japan in this kaleidoscope of travel essays.
$14.95

Handmade in India

IDA579
M.P. Ranjan (Editor), Aditi Ranjan (Editor)
Abbeville Publishing Group
2009
580
0789210479
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Featuring 3500 color photos and organized by region, this sumptuous album covers the diverse crafts of India with style and authority.
$75.00

For Kids

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Buddha

ASA17
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1996
48
0805042032
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
1
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Beautiful, intricately detailed, full-color illustrations make this life of the Buddha an excellent choice for children. Intended for children age 7-10.
$21.99

Worth Looking For

The Raven Crown

BHU02
Michael Aris
Serindia
2005
160
1932476210
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
1
Aris chronicles the rise of the Wangchuk dynasty in this beautifully illustrated history of Bhutan and its 20th-century monarchy, featuring 106 rare photographs.
$60.00

Memoirs of a Political Officer's Wife in Tibet, Sikkim, and Bhutan

BHU05
Margaret D. Williamson
Wisdom Publications
1987
0861710568
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
Williamson, the wife of a British political officer stationed in Gangtok in the 1930s, captures the culture, society and flavor of the region in this wonderfully personal account.
$18.95

Bhutan, Mountain Fortress of the Gods

BHU07
Francoise Pommaret (Editor), Christian Schicklgruber (Editor)
Shambhala
1998
280
157062352X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
Gorgeous photographs and informative essays on the history, culture and arts of Bhutan.
$75.00

Concise Flowers of the Himalaya

HML17
Oleg Polunin, Adam Stainton
Oxford University Press
1998
424
019564414X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
1
A condensed version of the classic Flowers of the Himalayas featuring the same 700 color photographs and 315 line drawings but with shorter descriptive information.
$25.00

Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji as Told to His Daughter

BHU10
Ashi Dorji Wangmo
Serindia
1999
128
0906026490
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
A memoir of her father by one of Bhutan's four current queens. It's a vivid, personal account of the Wangchuck dynasty -- and of life and society in the Himalayan Kingdom -- as told by the 70-year-old Yab Ugyen Dorji to his daughter.
$39.95

A Painter's Year in the Forests of Bhutan

BHU14
A.K. Hellum
Michigan State Univ Press
2001
148
0888643233
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
An informal account of travels, ecology and art in Bhutan, featuring paintings of 100 mountain plants by a Norwegian-born forestry consultant.
$18.95

Bhutan, A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom

BHU20
Michael Hawley
2004
218
0974246905
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
Hawley's little big book, still an impressive five pounds, features hundreds of photographs of the landscapes, places, festivals and especially the people of Bhutan. Drawn from the world's largest book, a 150-pound technical marvel. All proceeds from the book are donated by the publisher to education in Bhutan.
$100.00

In the Shadow of the Himalayas, A Photographic Record by John Claude White 1883-1908

HML71
Kurt Meyer, Pamela Deuel Meyer
Antique Collectors Club
2005
189020661X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
A collection of 144 remarkable documentary photographs of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim at the turn of the 20th century by John Claude White (1853-1918), the first British Political Officer to Sikkim.
$65.00

Seeing with the Third Eye

BHU29
T. Sangay Wangchuk
Q ReproGrphics
2006
176
9993669202
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
5/4/2010
0
0
0
1
Wangchuk recalls with warmth and earthy detail the daily rhythms, festivals and traditional ways of life in rural Bhutan in this affectionate tribute to his grandmother, a superb overview of Bhutanese beliefs and culture.
$16.00

Bhutan, the Early History of a Himalayan Kingdom

BHU32
Michael Aris
Aa Balkema
1979
344
PAPER
History
0
0
0
1
An illustrated history of the kingdom of Bhutan and its 20th-century monarchy.
$0.00

Bhutan, Hidden Lands of Happiness

BHU30
John Wehrheim
University of Chicago Press
2011
280
1932476512
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
Wehrheim pairs black-and-white photographs of the people, monasteries, villages and festivals with stories, journal entries, teachings and lore in this striking, personal portrait of the Buddhist kingdom.
$65.00

Within the Realm of Happiness

BHU40
Kinley Dorji
Aa Balkema
2008
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
The Bhutanese journalist and editor evokes both the recent past of his childhood and hope for the future in this collection of short stories.
$27.00