As ADC runs into its 6th year, it 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. You can get a glimpse of the traditions, culture and heritage of the people of the Drukpa Lineage, 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.
The ADC was envisioned by His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, His Holiness the Seventieth Je Khenpo and many other great Drukpa masters. The vision of the ADC is for it to become an annual event where all the masters of the lineage from Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul, Sikkim and other parts of the Himalayas and its followers could come together to revive some unique aspects of the Drukpa Lineage and share the 1000 over years old rich spiritual legacy with the world through the inspiration of teachings, initiations and oral transmissions.
The Drukpa Lineage or Lineage of the Dragons has the legacy of guiding countless beings on the path of Dharma and ultimate enlightenment for more than 1000 years.
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."