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4th ADC will culminate in plantation of 100,000 trees

Source: Kuensel Newspaper, BhutanThe council ends on November 2 with offering of 100,000 butter lamps Participants continue to pour in at Hemis monastery in Ladakh, India to attend the fourth Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) that began yesterday.



Hemis monastery is about an hour drive from the airport.

The monks of the monastery have completed decoration works, which includes putting on mentsi dhars along the windows of the monastery while welcome gates greet visitors, at several different points along the road from the airport till the monastery.

Although the council hall has been constructed, electrification works and other inner finishing works are still being carried out. The monks are found carrying piles of sawn wood around the monastery and some villagers are busy passing bricks to be stacked on walls of the council hall.

The council coordinator and Khamtrul Rinpoche’s administration officer, Tshering Tashi said, besides conducting the Drukpa Council, teachings and entertainment programs were also scheduled in the week-long council.

The hall in which the programs would be staged have yet to be completed soon.

The chairman of the first and second Drukpa Council, His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche, Jigme Pema Nyinjadh, during a press briefing on October 6, said about 40,000 people including 50 Drukpa Lineage masters from different countries were expected in this council.

“The third ADC was conducted in 300 acres of open ground at Shey in Ladakh that saw about 10,000 participants,” he said. “But this year, we’ll see less participants than last year because of the cold weather.”

He said they picked this month because of the plantation season in Ladakh. The participants would be planting some 100,000 trees during the council.

“This is the right time for the plantation,” he said. This idea is to break the new Guinness World Record for most trees planted, which stands at 50,000 last year by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa.

Meanwhile, home minister Minjur Dorji is expected to arrive at Ladhak today and some of the Bhutanese film actors are also expected to join the council.