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4th ADC - The 4th ADC ends in the Hemis Monastery

The day started very early with the 100,000 Sengey Tsewa Ganchakra offering in the old shrine of Hemis Monastery, followed by the Q&A session chaired by His Eminence Apho Rinpoche, His Eminence Khamdag Rinpoche and 5 Khenpos. The session was full of active floor participation. There wasn't enough time to finish.

His Holiness gave a short teaching on the "50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion" detailing the 50 devotional ways to treat one's guru.

This was followed by an appreciation ceremony where certificates were presented to the group leaders of different volunteer groups.

In the evening, tens of thousands of devotees gathered in the courtyard of Hemis, and led by His Holiness, Rinpoches, monks and nuns, 100,000 lamps were offered to dispel the darkness of ignorance in benefit of all beings.

The night concluded with a variety of cultural performances depicting the different cultures and traditions of Ladakh, once an important crossroad for silk trade in Central Asia.

The competition of the few days of cultural performances saw Sa-Da-Nam (Bhutanese movie) produced by Lhaki Dolma standing in the 3rd place, the Ladakhi cultural performing group in the 2nd place and the Druk White Lotus School children in the 1st place.

With the happy and auspicious conclusion, everyone looks forward to the 5th ADC to be held in July/August 2013 at Hemis Monastery.

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3rd ADC - To restore practices fallen into disuse

By Samten Yeshi, Ladakh

24 August, 2011 - Identifying and reviving practices of the Drukpa lineage th

at have been discontinued in Drukpa schools is the main objective of the third Annual Drukpa Council that starts today in Ladakh, India.

Citing an example, the former ADC chairperson, Khamtrul Rinpoche said that the practice of Tselha-trowa, the wrathful practice of the long life Buddha, has been discontinued in some drukpa schools.

The discussion on discontinued practices would be based on ‘Domsum Juedyik’ a scholarly work of Chagri Je, the 68th Je Khenpo.

His Holiness’s work contains all practices of Drukpa tradition and its lineages, which also highlights those practices, which are discontinued in some regions. It also says where it can be traced from for the practice to be revived and continued.

Broken or discontinued lineage is a practice or teaching that is not passed on. A practice also gets discontinued when the next generation in the same family studies under another master.

There are also cases when some practices that are continued in Bhutan are found to be discontinued in Nepal and Ladakh.

What the ADC plans to do is to invite masters from one country to another to share and reconnect the practices through teachings.

“Besides ADC is also an opportunity to meet and receive teachings from great masters and yogis of Drukpa lineages from all over the world,” the chairperson said.

Drukpa Kagyue sect of Vajrayana Buddhism is known as the Drukpa tradition of practice and its teaching passed from one master to another.

Like the three councils that were organised after the death of Lord Buddha to strengthen his teachings, ADC is also organsied to uphold the continued Drukpa tradition practices.

It brings together some 29 drukpa masters and thousands of followers from about 80 different countries to strengthen the Drukpa lineage.

Thousands of monks and other Drukpa followers from all over the world received the 12th Gyelwang Drukpa Rinpoche yesterday at his Shey monastery in Leh, Ladakh.

Over 80 Bhutanese, including about 40 monks, are in Ladakh participating in the programs, with about 14 Bhutanese volunteers helping the organisers. Bhutan’s representative, the national council’s chairperson Namgay Penjore and the Je Khenpo’s representative Yongchab Lopen Sangay Dorji are also in Leh.

The event is held at Narophodrang, the seat monastery of Gyelwang Drukpa Rinpoche.

Source: Kuensel Newspaper

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4th ADC - Public Display of Precious Relics of the Drukpa Lineage

On the 5th Day of 4th ADC, 3 precious relics of the Drukpa Lineage were displayed to the public:

  1. Vajrasattva statue made personally by Guru Padmasambhava, in the heart of the statue, there is a Guru Padmasambhava statue which is said to move freely inside the Vajrasattva statue
  2. Phurba statue that is more than 400 years old, believed to grand enormous blessing by removing negative karma and obstacles
  3. the statue of Milarepa made personally by his own sister, with hair naturally grown on his head.

Due to the preciousness of the relics, photography and sharing of pictures of those relics were prohibited.

For more pictures of 5th day of the 4th ADC, please CLICK HERE.

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3rd ADC - A Day of Compassion (ADC)

Even before the Third Annual Drukpa Council officially started, His Holiness had started giving teachings to thousands. Today's teachings concerned Bardo, death and its relationship with Mahamudra.

The medical clinic continued providing care to many hundred more local Ladakhis. Many volunteers and participants visited the clinic, volunteering their time to help these underserved Ladakhis. Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche also visited the clinic to bless and comfort the its patients.

Finally, His Holiness blessed the opening of a new coffee shop which will provide refreshment for the many thousands of participates who are expected to attend tomorrow's opening ceremony. This coffee shop may continue to be maintained by the nuns at Naro Potang after the ADC ends.

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The Live to Love International successfully broke  its own Guinness World Records for Most Trees Plantes Simultaneously. A total of 9,814 people planted 99,103 trees today at Thunkay Latto plantation site in Ladakh, India.

"We congratulate all the participants and to all the supporters of Live to Love International! Please continue to support our tree planting initiatives, the funds we are raising will be used for infrastructural needs to sustain the plantation", said one of the coordinators of Live to Love International on their social networking page with pictures of the event.

The previous record of the most trees planted simultaneously was in 2010 in Ladakh.

According to Live to Live International, this is a part of their Million Tree Planting Initiative, the most extensive plan to strengthen Himalayan environment ever taken in history.

For more pictures of the event, please visit THIS LINK.

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3rd ADC - Exciting Time!

There is a palpable feeling of excitement as we near the opening day of the 3rd ADC. Hundreds of monks, nuns, workers and volunteers are working hard at Naropa Photang to make final preparations. Whether they are putting together the sound system, building the dais from which His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and many Drukpa Lineage masters will teach or preparing food to keep others strong and healthy, everyone is clearly happy to be assisting putting on this grand event of the Drukpa lineage. As Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh, the chairperson of the last two ADCs, has observed: everyone is working with joy because their motivations are good.

Because of these good motivations, many wonderful changes are happening fast here in Shey. Monks, nuns and volunteers are placing colorful banners with auspicious sayings every few feet on the road to Naropa Photang. At the request of His Holiness, Sonam Angdus has overseen the construction of a café, which was built in the matter of a few weeks, to provide coffee, tea and other refreshments to the tens of thousands expected to attend. The name of the café - "Rancho's Café" - brings back great memories of Aamir Khan, Live To Love Global Ambassador, and the "3 Idiots" crew members who were at the school.

Both Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso, the 3rd ADC Chairperson and Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche are overseeing the event and ensuring that everyone is working with one heart. Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche has been leading 80 monks and a few Bhutanese volunteers on a pilgrimage in Himachal Pradesh, visiting the Drukpa monasteries and their eminent abbots and communities. Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche in the past ten days visited Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Chokyi Sengye's Dechen Choekhor Ling Monastery in Kullu, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Shedrub Nyima's Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong, Kyabje Dzigar Choktrul Rinpoche's Dzigar Monastic Institute in Tso Pema, Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche's Jangchub Jong Monastery and Kyabje Sey Rinpoche's monastery in Manali; his return to Ladakh was delayed till today by an unexpected heavy snowfall in Lahaul.

Visiting Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche at Jangchub Jong

Visiting Tashi Jong

Visiting Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo at Dongyu Gatsal Ling

Visiting Lama Wangdor Rinpoche at Dzigar Gompa in Tso Pema

Visiting Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Chokyi Senge at Dechen Choekhor in Bhuntar

Visiting Kyabje Sey Rinpoche in Manali

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3rd ADC - A Pilgrim's Account

It has been an inspiring experience to have had the honour to take part in the 3rd Annual Drukpa Conference which is now in its third day, presided over by His Holiness together with so many other Rinpoches and Masters.
The sheer masses of people attending, tens of thousands gathered at Naropa Palace in Shey, Ladakh, speaks strongly of the following His Holiness has within Ladakh and India, but also internationally, with attendees from 66 countries present. Beautiful decorations and hundreds of colourful flags flutter in the breeze as monks chant long life prayers for His Holiness, with a backdrop of stunning snow-capped mountains.

Next to Naropa Palace is the Druk White Lotus School, which during the ADC housed a medical camp, the first camp in the Himalayan region run exclusively on solar power, to provide healthcare to an estimated 10,000 people from the region, by 31 volunteer doctors from Taiwan plus other specialists from France, Tibet, Taiwan, and Inida.

The ADC is comprised of a combination of devotional prayers, chants, teachings, as well as entertainment. As a lay person with strong interest in and leanings towards the Buddhist faith, the first three days have been truly incredible. The teachings have surely been as meaningful for lay people as they have for the monks and nuns themselves. The Drukpa Lineage, unlike most other Buddhist sects, is not only inward-looking and restricted to the spiritual realm. It strongly encourages activities and engagement with the local communities and the outside world to help others, protect the earth, and promote responsible citizenship and harmonious living.

I was particularly touched by the first public performance of the Nuns of Naropa Palace nunnery. The performed the “Dance of the Dragons” for the first time in history, in front of an audience of over 10,000. This was followed by the screening of tve’s documentary “Kung Fu Nuns” on their inspiring story and the way His Holiness supports their education and development more than any other Buddhist leader in history. This will surely begin to set a trend among Buddhists and help to increase the equality and improve the status of nuns and women in general.

The film Kung Fu Nuns will be aired on BBC World on September 3rd and 4th, 2011. Watching this film is a great way to get a glimpse of the activities of His Holiness and the lineage, through the inspiring story of the young nuns.

I have personally been deeply inspired by His Holiness and several of the Rinpoches and feel a deep connection to the Lineage and to the beautiful landscapes of Ladakh.

Samten Wangmo

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2nd ADC - An ADC Day in Review

The morning began with a sense of calm as the sounds of Guru Yoga practice filled the assembly hall. Soon after, Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso took the stage to give a public teaching on the topic of “Seeking the Truth.” He gave a penetrating account of the life of Buddha Shakyamuni, and how examples from the Buddha’s life apply to the modern day search for truth. The teaching segued into the following talk by Khenpo Jangchub Chodar on the “Understanding the Foundations of the Truth.” The mood was introspective and meditative.

In the afternoon, Kyabje Drukpa Rinpoche gave a comprehensive talk on the history of the Drukpa Lineage right here in Nepal. At one point, it was estimated that over 70,000 families in Nepal were Drukpa. Kyabje Drukpa Rinpoche emphasized the importance, especially in current times, to maintain our text preservation efforts in order to safeguard the teachings at a time of rapid change.

If the morning was calm, the evening was kicked off with the sound of laughter ringing across the grounds. The assembly hall was packed the brim as the monks from Chemdray Monastery (Ladakh) presented a one-hour play on the life of celebrated Tibetan dakini, Nangsa Obum. The theater actors recreated an elaborate snapshot of Her life and tribulations. It was an explosive display of humor, drama, song and dance that had the worldwide audience riveted from beginning to end. There was a palpable feeling of communal joy.

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3rd ADC - Keeping one’s lineage alive in service to Dharma

By Samten Yeshi, Ladakh

25 August, 2011 - The Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) is not only a patriotic program in the service of Drukpa Kaguye lineage of Buddhism, but also a service to the Buddha Dharma.

Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche, in his address yesterday at the opening of the ADC, said one couldn’t serve the Buddha Dharma without serving one’s own lineage.

“One could say he is a Buddhist, but if one doesn’t have his own ideal, a master or a lineage that he belongs to, he is nobody,” the rinpoche said. Practising one sect of Buddhism does not mean one is serving and favouring only that particular sect, he said. It is a service in preserving the Buddha Dharma.

On the Ladakh-Bhutan relation, Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche in a press conference said that the two share a very similar culture and appreciated Bhutan for its policy on culture preservation.

National council chairperson Namgay Penjore said Bhutan and India has enjoyed a close relation for a long time.

“The Tagna monastery in Shey, Ladakh, is the symbol of close ties between Bhutan and Ladakh, with about 21 successive lama-representatives from Bhutan with the Tagna monastery,” he said.

According to former ADC chairperson, Khamtrul Rinpoche, the council’s core objective is to bring people from diverse regions and cultures together to understand oneness for peace, at the same time respect the differences.

“This is because problems and conflicts arise from believing one another as different from each other and ADC is a platform to create oneness,” he said.

A Bhutanese film, Bardo, was also screened yesterday evening.

Source: Kuensel Newspaper

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2nd ADC - Flight of the Dragons

Dragon Masters coming together

The first day of the second Annual Drukpa Council commenced with the conclusion of the Avalokiteshvara Drubpa. The Avalokiteshvara Drubpa, a complicated 8-day (almost 150 hours) puja, is historically performed by monks. However, on this occasion, 800 Drukpa nuns from all over the world successfully and beautifully completed the Avalokiteshvara Drubpa.

800 nuns in the conclusion of the Drubpa

By 8am, all the Drukpa monastic leaders, distinguished guests, sangha members and friends gathered for the traditional ceremonial procession escorting His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and all the Drukpa masters to the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony kicked off with the Tashi Gyepa prayer at the Chenrezig statute followed by the historic inauguration and consecration of the Buddha Amitabha and Kunkhyen Pema Karpo monuments which tower over 4 stories tall. Then, a helicopter showered the area surrounding the Buddha Amitabha and the 4th Gyalwang Drukpa Kunkhyen Pema Karpo monument with over 50 kg of marigold flower petals.

Aerial view of Druk Amitabha Mountain

Buddha Amitabha and Kunkhyen Pema Karpo

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso, Kyabje Gyeltshen Rinpoche and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo delivered keynote addresses to an audience of over 3,000 participants from around the world in the Naro Assembly Hall. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo noted how delighted she was to see a sea of women in the crowd. His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa reminded us of this year’s theme “Respect and Appreciate with Love and Understanding” and encouraged the participants to enjoy the second Annual Drukpa Council since the best way to develop compassion is to enjoy and appreciate our lives and maintain a sense a humor. His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa also emphasized the importance of laughter in developing compassion.

Procession begins

Prayer for world peace

The evening concluded with a colorful culture show celebrating the Drukpa Lineage and displaying the diversity of Drukpa followers around the world. Performances included a Sherpa dance by members of the Sengdrak Committee in Nepal, an unique and vibrant kung fu showcase by the nuns, a fan dance by Malaysian Sangha, live music and dance from our brothers and sisters in Garsha, a traditional Bhutanese dance and song and an interpretative umbrella dance by sangha members from Hong Kong.

Flag hoisting

Flag hoisting ceremony

Everyone looking at the flag hoisting

Prayers at the monument

Flag hoisting

Crowds at the opening

Crowds at the opening

His Holiness giving keynote address

Group photo with monks and nuns

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