|Art History and Culture Talks|
Open to the public: FREE admission
Wednesday 13th March 2013 at 6.30 pm
Bhutan: the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon
by Zara Fleming
A general introduction to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, known by its inhabitants as Druk Yul or land of the Thunder Dragon. This is a reference to the Drukpa Kagyu tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism that permeates every aspect of Bhutanese life. This lecture explores the history, art and culture of this extraordinary country, which for centuries has preserved its traditional Buddhist values. Over the last few decades there have been many changes; such as the introduction of roads, television and tourism. Will Bhutan be able to maintain the fine balance between tradition and modernity without diminishing its very unique culture?
Zara's knowledge of Bhutan stems from her first travels there in 1976 and her subsequent visits as a tour guide and lecturer.
Zara Fleming is a freelance lecturer, art consultant and exhibition curator specialising in the art and culture of Tibet, the Himalayan areas and Mongolia. Initially based at the V & A, but she has also worked with the Central Asian Department of Bonn University, the Orient Foundation, The Royal Academy, Tibet House, the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and Asia House. In addition to lecturing for NADFAS, she lectures for museums, universities, Asian art societies and private associations. Guest lecturer and tour guide on numerous trips to the Himalayas. Edited Masterpieces of Mongolian Art Vol 1 and has published many articles in the field of Buddhist art and culture.
The Buddhist Society
58 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PH
(Victoria Station 5 mins. Walk)
020 7834 5858