Himalayan Spirituality, Economics, and the Environment

This panel explores the relation between spirituality, economics, and the environment through examination of impacts of the regulation of access to sacred sites on local economic activity. The panelists show how militarized borders helped create a culture of economic dependence that has turned the people and places into “begging bowls.” Today, many initiatives leverage the spiritual value of sacred Himalayan landscapes to tackle the economic challenges facing people in this region.

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