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Faces of Bhutan
Bhutan Observer, January 11, 2011
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Faces of Bhutan is a flagship publication of Bhutan Observer. The annual magazine carries scholarly articles from well-known writers from Bhutan and abroad. Every edition dwells on a unique theme that defines Bhutan and the Bhutanese.

As the title suggests, Faces of Bhutan tells unique stories about Bhutan and its people through scholarly articles. It is a truly Bhutanese magazine

Faces of Bhutan – Spirits and Humans (Sept 2010 – Sept 2011 issue)

The theme for this year’s edition of the Faces of Bhutan is spirits and humans. The Bhutanese have always lived side by side with spirits, sharing territories, natural resources, and relationships as members of the same hidden land. We are surrounded by rocks, hills, streams, lakes and mountains that are believed to be the abodes of spirits. As a result, some of our actions, especially ones related to the environment, are guided by the unwritten rules of the spirits.

Today, the citadels of the spirits are coming under increasing pressures from modern development. Mining, road construction, lumbering, and many other modern activities have scarred and desecrated the homes of the spirits. However, considering that much of our natural environment is virgin, we would like to believe that the spirits have not abandoned their ancestral territories.


Therefore, to celebrate our thousands of years of relationship with the spirits and to bring insight into the world of spirits, Bhutan Observer has invited a galaxy of scholars, writers, researchers, and academics to contribute to its yearly magazine, Faces of Bhutan.

Featuring stories by some of Bhutan’s best writers, this magazine introduces the rich Bhutanese stories about spirits and human encounters with spirits to a mass market audience for the first time.

The magazine, published by the Bhutan Observer, is out now.

Online Edition – Download Here

For print edition, please contact Circulation Manager at +975-2-334891/92/93 or e-mail at circulation@bhutanobserver.bt.

Faces of Bhutan – Buddhism in the Land of the Thunder Dragon (Nov 2009 – Nov 2010 issue)

In a world first, a new magazine is taking the sacred spirituality of Bhutan to the rest of the world.

The magazine, Faces of Bhutan; Buddhism in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is simultaneously published in two editions – a high quality glossy print edition for sale in bookshops around Bhutan and other parts of the world. But also, using the latest technology, it is being published as a digital magazine, able to be downloaded in every corner of the earth.

The magazine features some of Bhutan’s best writers – Dr Karma Ura, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Mynak Trulku Rinpoche and a foreword by His Holiness the Je Khenpo.

There is a moving story about the Queen Grandmother’s very special relationship with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, plus photos from her personal collection. Professor Bob Thurman writes that it is time Buddhism comes out of Bhutan’s monasteries and into the schools. There are features on Phallus worship, Taktsang and Bhutan’s dedicated nuns.

And much, much more.

The magazine, published by the Bhutan Observer, is out now.

Online Edition – Download Here

For print edition, please contact Circulation Manager at +975-2-334891/92/93 or e-mail at circulation@bhutanobserver.bt if you are in Bhutan.

If you are outside Bhutan, please visit www.bazaarint.com or contact Mr. Dhruba Kuwar at dhruba@bi.com.np

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