Beyond the Sky and the Earth

Much more than just a travel memoir, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is the story of her time in a Himalayan village, immersed in Bhutanese culture and the wonders of new and lasting love.

Author: Jamie Zeppa

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101174203

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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Jamie Zeppa was 24 when she left a stagnant life at home and signed a contract to teach for two years in the Buddhist hermit kingdom of Bhutan. Much more than just a travel memoir, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is the story of her time in a Himalayan village, immersed in Bhutanese culture and the wonders of new and lasting love. Whether you're travelling to Bhutan, looking for the best travel writing around, or wishing to be transported to a culture, mindset, and spiritual ethos wonderfully different from your own, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is a joyous and lush memoir that will transform the way you think of faith, Western life, and love.

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

He was too old to make his own journey into Bhutan, which was unfortunate, because I knew that if he could see me there, he would know that I was already home. On a November afternoon in 1996, I was having lunch at my friend Dechen's ...

Author: Jamie Zeppa

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 9780385674157

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 115


In the tradition of Iron and Silk and Touch the Dragon, Jamie Zeppa’s memoir of her years in Bhutan is the story of a young woman’s self-discovery in a foreign land. It is also the exciting début of a new voice in travel writing. When she left for the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in 1988, Zeppa was committing herself to two years of teaching and a daunting new experience. A week on a Caribbean beach had been her only previous trip outside Canada; Bhutan was on the other side of the world, one of the most isolated countries in the world known as the last Shangri-La, where little had changed in centuries and visits by foreigners were restricted. Clinging to her bags full of chocolate, hair conditioner and Immodium, she began the biggest challenge of her life, with no idea she would fall in love with the country and with a Bhutanese man, end up spending nine years in Bhutan, and begin a literary career with her account of this transformative journey. At her first posting in a remote village of eastern Bhutan, she is plunged into an overwhelmingly different culture with squalid Third World conditions and an impossible language. Her house has rats and fleas and she refuses to eat the local food, fearing the rampant deadly infections her overly protective grandfather warned her about. Gradually, however, her fear vanishes. She adjusts, begins to laugh, and is captivated by the pristine mountain scenery and the kind students in her grade 2 class. She also begins to discover for herself the spiritual serenity of Buddhism. A transfer to the government college of Sherubtse, where the housing conditions are comparatively luxurious and the students closer to her own age, gives her a deeper awareness of Bhutan’s challenges: the lack of personal privacy, the pressure to conform, and the political tensions. However, her connection to Bhutan intensifies when she falls in love with a student, Tshewang, and finds herself pregnant. After a brief sojourn in Canada to give birth to her son, Pema Dorji, she marries Tshewang and makes Bhutan her home for another four years. Zeppa’s personal essay about her culture shock on arriving in Bhutan won the 1996 CBC/Saturday Night literary competition and appeared in the magazine. She flew home to accept the prize, where people encouraged her to pursue her writing. Her letters from Bhutan also featured on CBC’s Morningside. The book that grew out of this has been published in Canada and the United States to ecstatic reviews, followed by British, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish editions. Although cultural differences finally separated Jamie and Tshewang in 1997 while she was writing the book and she returned to Canada, she will always feel at home in Bhutan. Zeppa shares her compelling insights into this land and culture, but Beyond the Sky and the Earth is more than a travel book. With rich, spellbinding prose and bright humour, it describes a personal journey in which Zeppa acquires a deeper understanding of what it means to leave one’s home behind, and undergoes a spiritual transformation.

Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania

bhutiA location: Bhutan, Nepal, India, especially Sikkim and West Bengal bontoc location: Central Mountain Province, Luzon, the Philippines time period: ... Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan (London: Macmillan, 1999).

Author: Barbara A. West

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438119137

Category: History

Page: 1025

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Presents an alphabetical listing of information on the peoples of Asia and Oceania including origins, prehistory, history, culture, languages, and relationships to other cultures.

Bhutan Culture Smart

Wangchuck, Ashi Dorji Wangmo, Queen of Bhutan. Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan. India: Viking, 2006. Zeppa, Jamie. Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A journey into Bhutan. Toronto, Canada: Doubleday Canada, 2000.

Author: Karma Choden

Publisher: Kuperard

ISBN: 9781787029699

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 168

View: 249


The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan, at the eastern end of the Himalayas, nestles between the giant nation states of China and India. Often called the "Land of the Thunder Dragon," it remained secluded until recent times—the first ever "tourist" set foot in Bhutan in 1974 and was followed by the introduction of television and new technology at the turn of the 21st century. In 2008, Bhutan became the world's youngest democracy, moving from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy in a historic change initiated by the revered and much-loved Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. A sovereign country throughout the ages, Bhutan is now establishing its place on the world stage and demonstrating leadership on climate and environmental issues. It is determined to maintain its Buddhist culture and way of life as it evolves and adapts to political change and economic challenges. Its unique development policy of "Gross National Happiness," which measures progress not through material gain but on a happiness scale, is generating global interest. The abundant hospitality of the Bhutanese, the variety of Bhutan's ancient monasteries and colorful festivals, and its near-perfect ecosystem and natural beauty never fail to reward the traveler. Culture Smart! Bhutan will give you a deeper insight into the country's history, values, and customs, as well as practical guidance on how to develop a meaningful rapport with the Bhutanese.

Yak on Track

Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. New York: Crown Publishing ... Journey in Bhutan: Himalayan Trek in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. ... Beyond the Sky and the Earth, A Journey into Bhutan.

Author: Heather McNeice

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781925870008

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 526


It seemed like a good idea to Heather at the time: organise a challenging trek to raise funds for the education of young Bhutanese girls. Heather had walked in the Himalayas before, so how hard could it be on the trail to Lunana, Bhutan’s most remote plateau? On the 240-kilometre trek, she discovers that ‘hard’ doesn’t even come close. Along with her friend Krista, like-minded lover of mountains and margaritas, a team of eccentric guides and far too many horses, Heather sets off into a landscape of savage beauty, where yetis are feared and only yaks feel at ease. As the team face blizzards, avalanches, altitude sickness and snow blindness, their reward is a rare glimpse of life in the last Shangri-La. At its heart, this book is a love song to Bhutan and its people, an intimate portrait of the only remaining Buddhist kingdom of the Himalayas. Yak on Track is a delightful story about losing yourself but not losing your way. Heather is donating a portion of her royalties from the sale of this book to the Australian Himalayan Foundation in support of a scholarship program for disadvantaged children in Bhutan.

Radio Shangri La

What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth Lisa Napoli ... Enchanted Frontiers: Sikkim, Bhutan, and India's Northeastern Borderlands. ... Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan.

Author: Lisa Napoli

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307453044

Category: Travel

Page: 304

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Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth. Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them. Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for. In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.


Bhutan: The Early History of a Himalayan Kingdom. ... Bhutan. 6th ed. Oakland, CA: Lonely Planet, 2017. Business Bhutan. CIA. The World Factbook. ... Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan.

Author: Robert Cooper

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781502655769

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 750


Bhutan is a ruggedly mountainous country known for its cliff-side monasteries and snowcapped peaks. Colorful prayer flags wind their way through breezy gorges. The magical and mystical personality of Bhutan can be felt from the highest mountaintops to the deepest valleys, and down every ancient alleyway in between. This guidebook explores the traditional culture, diverse wildlife, ancient arts, and newest developments inside the kingdom of Bhutan. Informative sidebars, detailed maps, up-to-date facts, and vibrant photographs help illuminate the history and mystery of this Asian nation.

Fieldwork in South Asia

made some sense even to the otherwise, not used to listening, dissenting voices by the Bhutanese establishment. And that is how I ran into the august company of most of the above ... Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan.

Author: Sarit K. Chaudhuri

Publisher: SAGE Publishing India

ISBN: 9789351504481

Category: Social Science

Page: 274

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Fieldwork in South Asia is a valuable attempt to listen and learn from the memories and significant moments of fieldwork done by anthropologists, sociologists, and even historians from South Asia. The essays lead towards a deeper understanding of concerns of fieldwork located in various field sites across South Asia without assuming or applying fixed normative rules for the whole region. In the process, the volume allows the reader to have an option to locate or relocate ethnographic or other forms of texts in the context of growing methodological contours and dilemmas in the social science. Above all, this is a book about relationships—multi-layered relationships among people encountered in the field, the ethnographic relationship itself, with all its personal raw edges, and relationship with the land and even non-human realms.

The Himalayas An Encyclopedia of Geography History and Culture

Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan, New York: Riverhead Books, 2000. BIAFO GLACIER At 63 kilometers in length (39 miles), the Biafo Glacier ranks as the third longest glacier outside the polar regions.

Author: Andrew J. Hund

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440839399

Category: Science

Page: 349

View: 951


A thorough and detailed resource that describes the history, culture, and geography of the Himalayan region, providing an indispensable reference work to both general readers and seasoned scholars in the field. • Presents invaluable insights into the dynamics that have shaped the Himalayan region over human history • Provides a context for understanding the importance of the region to a larger understanding of globalization and key related issues we must currently deal with, including but not limited to climate change, border disputes, and economic and political migrations • Offers a balanced understanding of major socio-political issues that affect the region • Supplies a detailed and rich description of the region in a single volume that serves readers who need immediate answers to questions as well as those seeking a comprehensive overview of the complexities of the region

A Generous Presence

Songs from a Lead-Lined Room: Notes—High and Low—from My Journey through Breast Cancer and Radiation. Boston: Beacon, 2002. ... Out of This World: A Journey of Healing. ... Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan.

Author: Rochelle Melander

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781566994569

Category: Religion

Page: 370

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A Generous Presence is a collection of story-driven essays about the philosophy, tools, and work of coaching that is designed to support all spiritual leaders in deepening and enriching their personal and professional relationships. By practicing the coaching tools Rochelle Melander offers, spiritual leaders will be better equipped to guide those they work with toward accepting the past, creating a life vision, and setting goals for the future. Additionally, the tools provided in this book will help leaders understand themselves and enable them to strengthen their definitions for healthy living, raise their awareness about their own life and relationship skills, and improve their skills in relating to individuals and groups.