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Pastor Laurie Returns from Nepal and Bhutan!

I’ve just returned from an extraordinary adventure, exploring the beauty and wisdom of two small nations, Nepal and Bhutan, tucked between China and India.  Nepal is predominantly Hindu, and Bhutan is predominantly Buddhist. 

Our adventure began in Nepal, most famous for being the primary home of the tallest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas! But the country is so much more than the staggering beauty of earth’s highest reaching limbs. A densely packed culture has been formed here over the millennia with powerful kingdoms, dedicated spiritual seekers and institutions, amazing food, and real life epics that no one could believe if they weren’t actually true! Many don’t even realize, but Nepal has a subtropical jungle home to tigers, rhinoceros, and 68 other majestic mammal species!

Just to the east, separated only by a thin state in India, is what the locals claim is the happiest country on earth, Bhutan! And so, we hopped across the border to the magic that is Bhutan.

This Buddhist nation lies on the Himalayas’ eastern edge and is chock full of stunning mountains, towering monasteries, and foreboding fortresses. “Shangri-la” like valleys rest below the country’s high peaks creating heaven on earth higher and lower.

Years ago, Gross National Happiness was identified by the nation as being more important than Gross National Product (GNP).

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you! Here are just a few photos! See you in worship!!

Bhutan photos

Nepal Photos

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