In August 2008, the ADC Organizing and Working Committee announced that the first of the much awaited annual event for the Drukpa Lineage would be taking place between 6th and 15th April 2009 on Druk Amitabha Mountain in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A brainchild of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa in consultation with His Holiness the Seventieth Je Khenpo and many other Drukpa Masters, the ADC aims to provide a platform for building and nourishing inter-group relationships within the Drukpa Lineage as well as to introduce and share the richness of its spiritual legacy with others. It also provides an annual gathering for the masters and the followers of the Drukpa Lineage to meet once a year, thus providing opportunity to receive teaching, empowerment, oral transmission, from accomplished Dragon masters of Tibet, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
The Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) is a yearly event for the masters and followers of the Drukpa Lineage to come together, exchange views and spiritual knowledge. Both the experienced and young Rinpoches of the Drukpa Lineage would be requested to give teachings and share their wisdom and experience during the ADC.
ADC provides a platform for building and nourishing of multilateral and inter-group relationships within the Drukpa Lineage as well as introducing the richness of its spiritual heritage to others. It is also an annual gathering for the followers of the Drukpa Lineage to meet once a year, thus nourishing a firm bond and strengthening the relationship among the individuals and groups within the Drukpa Sangha.
ADC includes not only traditional rituals and practices, but also open discussions and exchange of views regarding the practical use of spirituality to resolve today's difficulties. It also functions as a forum to increase our ability to work more productively together in a harmonious way.
One of the key driving forces of the ADC is to promote Live to Love which is the practical aspect of inculcating loving-kindness and compassion in the world today.
His Holiness said that besides sitting on the cushions and meditating, we should also be thinking about practicing Live to Love. Compassion has to be cultivated and developed, but love is the action that needs to be carried out as a support to our daily practice.
Live to Love activities in different corners of the world will help to promote the spiritual idealism of the thousand year old Drukpa Lineage and make it a living tradition that suits the rhythm of contemporary lifestyle. Followers and practitioners who are taking responsibility in a Live to Love project as an individual or group should get all the support needed to run their projects as their own responsibility for the benefit of all beings.