Talk at Asian Art



From one monarch to another, Bhutan's mythical Raven Crown passes from His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan to HM the 5th, the current ruler of the kingdom, preserving tradition.

The Raven Crown of the Bhutanese kings is a sacred symbol steeped in the traditions and beliefs of Vajrayana Buddhism prevalent in the Himalayas. The mythology of the crown is a powerful statement on the relevance and the moral and spiritual authority of the Bhutanese monarchy. Our Travel Programs Coordinator Karma Dorji explains why to an audience numbering over 300, including many of our past guests.


Part 1 of a two-part video talk on the connections between Himalayan Buddhism and the Raven Crown of Bhutan's Kings, delivered at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. Speaker: Karma Singye Dorji, Travel Programs Coordinator, Bhutan Himalaya Expeditions.

Topic: The mythological origins of the Raven Crown and Bhutan's "Protector Deities"


Part 2 of a two-part video talk on the connections between Himalayan Buddhism and the Raven Crown of Bhutan's Kings, delivered at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. Speaker: Karma Singye Dorji, Travel Programs Coordinator, Bhutan Himalaya Expeditions.

Topic: The continuing role and relevance of Bhutan's enlightened monarchy, the concept of kingship and service to the people, introduction of parliamentary democracy in Bhutan, and a look to the future...


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