Sonam Nyenda

IMG_1593Sonam Nyenda                                       joined the Department of History and Culture, College of Language and Culture studies in 2011. He holds Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Nyenda’s main focus during his masters was Himalayan Buddhism and Buddhist art and iconography. His Masters research titled, Kangsol: A Vajrakilaya Performance Tradition of Sumthrang Monastery in Central Bhutan examined the intersection of lineage, ritual and visual art of Sumthrang looking at the mechanism to restore the perceived balance between the physical and non-physical realms that surrounds the monastery. Nyenda continue his research interest in the intersection of art, text and rituals by looking at Bhutanese Buddhist practices mostly circling around Nyo Gyelwa Lhanangpa and his traditions. In doing so he is also interested in examining the significance of art and iconography and their function within rituals and tantric ritual manuals. He is also the coordinator of Bhutan and Himalayan Research Centre (BHRC) at the College of Language and Culture Studies.