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Bhutan's Enlightened Experiment, 2008
Lynsey AddarioLynsey Addario

Bhutan's Enlightened Experiment, 2008

As the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan modernizes, the monastic life is still seen by many parents as a desirable path for their sons. Not allowed to photograph inside the monasteries themselves, Addario had to rely on scenes around the monasteries to convey this aspect of Bhutanese society. In a room he shares with six other monks, Chencho (left) is honest about his calling. “It's hard work memorizing all the texts, but afterward you have a comfortable life, so it’s worth it,” he says. “'In the village, work is never ending.”



Mar 2008 Cover  Read more Bhutan coverage.

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