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3rd ADC - To restore practices fallen into disuse

By Samten Yeshi, Ladakh

reception_of_HH_22Aug1124 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