The Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) was initiated in 2008 as a yearly event for the masters and followers of the 1000 year Drukpa Lineage to come together, exchange views and spiritual knowledge. Both the experienced and young masters of the Drukpa Lineage would be requested to give teachings and share their wisdom and experience during the ADC in a more traditional approach. As ADC runs into its 6th year, the ADC makes the shift to celebrate the living culture and heritage of the Drukpa Lineage in Nepal, Bhutan and India, and to highlight how the Buddha dharma is not only relevant but can be inculcated into our daily modern lives.
Come discover and rejoice in the richness and wonder of the Drukpa Lineage. Come get a glimpse of the traditions, culture and heritage of the people of the Drukpa Lineage. Come celebrate the holiday season and ring in the new year with the Drukpas from all over the world, including Bhutan, Nepal, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, France, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Germany, UK, USA to name a few.
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.
The Dragon, symbolizing the Drukpa (Dragon) Lineage, embraces the world or the planet earth, with the activities of Live to Love represented by the 5 hearts (the 5 directions of Live to Love: Education, Medical, Relief & Aid, Heritage and Environment) in the background, driven by the altruistic motivation in benefit of all beings without exception.
Yet with the passage of time, several important teachings and traditions of the lineage, such as the Yogini tradition within the Drukpa Lineage have been lost. The teachings of the three mad yogis: i.e. Tsangnyon Heruka (1452-1507), Druknyon Kunga Legpa (also known as Drukpa Kunleg, 1455-1529) and Unyon Kunga Sangpo (1458-1532) are almost disappearing. Many Drukpa followers neither know much about the Three Divine Madmen nor about other enlightened masters of the Drukpa Lineage such as Gyalwa Yangonpa (1213-1258) and Gyalwa Lorepa (1187-1250), even many of the monks and nuns do not know their biographies. His Holiness said in one of the commitee meetings that "We, the holders and followers of the glorious Drukpa Lineage, have the great responsibility of preserving and ensuring that this spiritually rich lineage continues to flourish, internally by upholding the sacred practices and externally through Live to Love activities."