Published On: Wed, Aug 10th, 2016

JLF at Boulder Welcomes Special Guest Speaker Her Majesty Royal Queen Mother AshiDorji Wangmo Wangchuck

Queen Mother of BhutanBoulder: The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at Boulder, Colorado is honoured to announce an extraordinary visit by the Queen Mother of Bhutan.

Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuck is the author of Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan and Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of YabUgyenDorji as told to his Daughter and Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan. Her Majesty will speak of her beloved Drukyul, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” and of the continuity and change that characterize it.

As the “happiest city” in the U.S., Boulder is a natural match to host royalty from the country that developed the concept of “Gross National Happiness” (GNH). His Majesty the fourth King, Jigme SingyeWangchuck, coined the phrase to reflect the “bridge between the fundamental values of kindness, equality and humanity and the necessary pursuit of economic growth.”

Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuckis the Founder and president of the Tarayana foundation, which helps vulnerable individuals and communities to achieve economic security through education, medical care, the promotion of artisan skills and Folk craft. She is also the Chief Patron of “Mountain Echoes”- The Annual Literature Festival of Bhutan

The small nation of Bhutan lies deep within the Himalayas between China and India, two of the most populated countries in the world. But the country of about 750,000 people is an impressive environmental success story. Bhutan is not only carbon neutral, it’s carbon negative, with ample forests acting as a carbon “sink.” Some 72 percent of the country is forested, actually absorbing more carbon dioxide each year than its population produces. The country’s strong environmental protection policies guarantee that 60 percent of the country will remain forested forever.

“We are honored to welcome Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuck to JLF at Boulder,” said Sanjoy K. Roy, Festival Producer. “We look forward to her insights regarding Bhutanese culture, society, environment and history, and how many of the country’s concepts can apply worldwide.”

“We at JLF at Boulder are honored by Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuck’sparticipation at the second edition of the Festival and look forward to sharing her deep understanding of literature, philanthropy and the natural and spiritual world,” said Festival co-director NamitaGokhale

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