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Bhutan: Taktsang Monastery

Kurt Behrendt, Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan. Photograph by Kurt Behrendt

«In Bhutan, outside of Paro, our group climbed up the rocky cliffs to visit the Taktsang monastery. Popularly known as the "Tiger's Nest," the monastery was first built in 1692 around a cave where the great Buddhist Vajrayana practitioner Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) meditated for three years.» Our steep climb took us through an evergreen ecosystem that is unique to Bhutan, and we passed by the foot of a huge waterfall before reaching the monastery itself. While—like so many Buddhist sites in the Himalayas—Taksang was made sacred by a great teacher's presence, the spectacular beauty of the monastery's setting is a reference to the inexpressible nature of enlightenment.

Department(s): Asian Art, Development
Tag(s): Nepal

Comments

  • VIRGILIO RODRIGUEZ says:

    ES MI PRIMERA INCURSIÓN AL MUSEO QUE ME PARECE MARAVILLOSO ESPECIALMENTE POR PONER AL SERVICIO DE LAS PERSONAS, LA CULTURA QUE HAN LOGRADO AHÍ REUNIR CON TANTO TESÓN. GRACIAS.

    Posted: December 28, 2013, 7:25 p.m.

  • Pamela Whittemore says:

    What a spectacular photograph of a beautiful location! While it looks so remote, the juxtaposition of the ancient and beautifully detailed monastery against the dark, foreboding, mountainside is stunning enough, but the colorful flags (?) fluttering in the breeze suggest a more recent presence, cheerful and welcoming.

    I wonder how Sergeant would interpret this scene?

    Posted: January 17, 2014, 9:07 a.m.

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Kurt Behrendt is an assistant curator in the Department of Asian Art.

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