Friday, December 8, 1PM & 7:30PM
Bhutan: The Cloud Kingdom - Tom Sterling
High on the eastern shoulders of the tallest mountains in the world - The Himalayas - sits a tiny kingdom known as Bhutan. It is a landlocked nation with India on three sides, while Tibet (China) lies to the north. Bhutan broke away from Tibet in the 8th century and disappeared into the mists of her mountains. For eleven centuries it was closed to outsiders and nearly forgotten by the rest of the world. Buddhism and its reverence for all living things permeates every facet of Bhutanese life. Colorful prayer flags, shrines called Chortens, and giant monastery fortresses, known as Dzongs, dot the landscape. Red-robed monks are seen everywhere and each home has its own altar room. The Land of the Peaceful Thunder Dragon is also occasionally referred to as the last Shangri-la.