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Dragon flies on the high Himalayas

"...A spiritual walk, solutions based on ancient teaching to solve modern problems" written by Karma Sonam Gya Rumtse, member of Young Drukpa Association

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Live to love, and let live

Titled 'Live to love, and let live' (by Anjana Rajan of The Hindu - Metro Plus, 28 May 2009), the headline sets the wonderful tone of the article and what follows from the interaction with His Holiness. The article focuses on the need to preserve the Himalayan culture that may be fast eroding in the face of imbalanced development. "I am going on a walking pilgrimage. I love to do it because it allows interaction with people", His Holiness is quoted in the article, establishing at the outset the aim and objective of the Pad Yatra and the efforts by the Drukpa Lineage in Ladakh and Himalayan regions in the sub-continent. Click the above image to download the original article in PDF format.

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Pilgrim's Progress

Sunday Express, August 2, 2009, article by Madakini Gahlot and photos by Prashanth Vishwanathan - (click to view original article in PDF format) - In his controversial 1894 account of Jesus's lost years La vie inconnue de Jesus Chris (The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ)

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The Monk Who Blogs

Jaspreet Nijher, from the Times News Network (The Times of India), carried this piece, along with a photo of His Holiness, monks and nuns releasing balloons, marking the unofficial flagging of the Pad Yatra. "It's time for action. Only meditation will not help anymore," His Holiness has been quoted in the article. The article delves into the Pad Yatra, its objective and the humanitarian efforts of the Drukpa Lineage in the Himalayan region. Click the above image to download the original article in PDF format.

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A Walk Away From Worldliness

Tenzin Namgyel of Kuensel Online, Bhutan's daily news site, gave a coverage on the Pad Yatra

About 30 Bhutanese monks, studying in India, accompanied by 700 other pilgrims, started a 43-day pilgrimage walk today.

The walk, which began from Manali, India, will cover Himachal Pradesh, and finish at Hemis in Ladakh, covering a distance of some 400 km. The group will cross five high Himalayan passes, the highest of which, Shikunla and Singgela, both measure about 5,200 m above sea level.

The programme was initiated by His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Drogon Tsangpa Gyare (founder of the Drukpa lineage) and recognized and revered as the spiritual head of the Drukpa lineage.

On the way, the group will visit holy sites of Chakrasamvara, Avalokiteshvara, Guru Padmasambhava and one of the sites of the great Drukpa master, Naropa.

The walk, according to the 9th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche, was to keep one's mind out of desire, ignorance, jealously, attachments, and anger and accumulate good karma. "Good merit is accumulated through keeping our mind free of material world and emotions and this walk will help keep one's mind free," Rinpoche told Kuensel.

One loses attachment of comfortable and luxurious life because everybody will be sleeping under trees, at roadsides and in the fields wherever possible.

The walk also aims to raise funds for children of deprived background in the Himalayan regions. The group will distribute pamphlets and shopping bags to discourage the use of plastics in the region.

His Holiness will also conduct oral transmission and admonition of the dzogchen text, Kuenzang Lamai Zhelung (Words Of My Perfect Teacher).

The group will reach the final destination, Hemis in Ladakh, on July 2, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche.

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The Monk who leads the way

Exotica (Vol 3 No 9 | July '09 Issue)

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The nuns who don't want Ferraris

This is a coverage by Sourabh Gupta of the Hindustan Times. Click the image on the left to download the original article in PDF format.

At first glance, it is hard to make out that they are actually women, not robed monks but robed nuns, shorn of tresses, ornamentation, attitude and even desires. And they have remained transparent like water, these mountain women, on the path to selflessness.

Jigme Tenzin Lhamo, 24, decided to become a Buddhist nun when she was in Class XII. "His Holiness had come to our village in Keylong. I heard his teaching and wanted to join his monastery. So I asked my mother and father. They did not say no," she says in soft, faltering Hindi. Today, Lhamo runs the office at the Drukpa monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Drukpa Sect Head To Undertake Manali-Ladakh 'Padyatra'

This is a coverage by the Financial World. Click the image on the left to download the original article in PDF format.

His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa of the world-renowned Drukpa Lineage and his followers at the press conference to announce the flagging-off of the annual Drukpa Padyatra where over 600 Buddhist monks will undertake the spiritual journey spanning 400km across the rugged Himalayan mountains from Manali to Ladakh at the Hotel Picadilly, Sector 22-B, in Chandigarh on Friday.

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