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Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said "I Do," and Found Bliss


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ISBN13: 9781401928469
ISBN10: 1401928463
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       Tucked away in the eastern end of the Himalayas lies Bhutan—a tiny, landlocked country bordering China and India. Impossibly remote and nearly inaccessible, Bhutan is rich in natural beauty, exotic plants and animals, and crazy wisdom. It is a place where people are genuinely content with very few material possessions and the government embraces “Gross National Happiness” instead of Gross National Product.

        In this funny, magical memoir, we accompany Linda Leaming on her travels through South Asia, sharing her experiences as she learns the language, customs, and religion; her surprising romance with a Buddhist artist; and her realizations about the unexpected path to happiness and accidental enlightenment.

        As one of the few Americans to have lived in Bhutan, Leaming offers a rare glimpse into the quirky mountain kingdom so many have only dreamed of. For over ten years, Leaming has lived and worked in the town of Thimphu, where there are no traffic lights and fewer than 100,000 people. “If enlightenment is possible anywhere,” she writes, “I think it is particularly possible here.”

        The Bhutanese way of life can seem daunting to most Westerners, whose lives are consumed with time, efficiency, and acquiring things. But Leaming shows us that we don’t necessarily have to travel around the world to appreciate a little Bhutan in our own lives, and that following our dreams is the way to be truly happy.



About the Author

LINDA LEAMING is a writer whose work has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, Mandala, Guardian UK, A Woman's Asia (Travelers' Tales), and many other publications. Eric Weiner included her in his bestseller, The Geography of Bliss. Originally from Nashville, she has an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Arizona; and she regularly speaks about Bhutan at colleges, churches, seminars, and book groups. She is married to the renowned Bhutanese thangka painter, Phurba Namgay.

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Judith Sanborn, May 19, 2013 (view all comments by Judith Sanborn)
Even if you've never heard of Bhutan or you don't have any desire to travel to Bhutan, this book is a beautifully written story of the simplicity of the Bhutanese people. They are considered the happiest people in the world. They live very simple, kind lives and have a great sense of community. We are very privileged to live in America, but with all that privilege, we live very complex and complicated lives. This book reminds us that there may be a way for us to simplify our lives and perhaps be happier while we enjoy the comforts of our American lifestyle. Traveling to Bhutan in October was the motivation to read this book, but I would recommend it to anyone who just wants some inspiration.
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Leaming, Linda
Hay House
Personal Memoirs
Bhutan Social life and customs.
Asia - India & South Asia
Biography - General
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