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23September2017

More than a thousand Bhutanese attend the 6th ADC in Nepal

6thADC Bhutanese KuenselReligion: More than a thousand Bhutanese devotees have gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the 6th Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) that begins today at the Druk Gawa Khilwa nunnery.

Among them is Ugyen Zangmo, 72, from Bumdelling village in Trashiyangtse. She wears her orange hat constantly so that the person who escorted her for the ADC can easily spot her among devotees from other Himalayan countries. Like her, there are more than 800 devotees from the dzongkhag, most of them farmers who also don the yellow hat.

Ugyen Zangmo said her devotion motivated her to visit Nepal, which she believes is home to a stupa (Boudhanath) similar to Chorten Kora in Tashiyangtse. During their stay, the group will also visit more than a dozen religious sites including Draphu maratika and Lumbini, where the Buddha was born.

Coordinator of the devotees from Trashiyangtse, Ten Dorji said the group would organise a cleaning camping at Swayambhunath (Phagpai Zhingkuen) on January 2, when the ADC concludes.

The group will also circumambulate the Boudhanath by singing folk songs of Trashiyangtse, which they said is to replicate the one they do during Namgang Kora in Chorten Kora on the 30th day of the first month of Bhutanese calendar.

Yesterday, the devotees received oral transmission and explanation on the recitation forAvalokiteshvara mantra from His Holiness Gyalwang Drupka Rinpoche.

Among them are 15 Bhutanese volunteers working for ADC, a dozen students from Lungtenzampa MSS, who came to perform culture programmes and 30 students from Sherubtse College. The devotees from Bhutan are accommodated at the nunnery and its premises and provided free food and transport within Kathmandu.

Represented by Khenpo Tandin Situ, close to 100 monks from the Zhung dratshang including His Eminence, Gyaltshen Trulku will also attend the ADC.

ADC is a forum to share, exchange and revive old teachings of Drukpa Kagyu linage by the masters of Himalayan countries of Bhutan, Nepal, India and Tibet in China.

By Tenzin Namgyel, Kathmandu