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UN award for Drukpa Lineage

25 September 2010, The Hindu

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New York: The head of Buddhist sect Drukpa Lineage, Gyalwang Drukpa, and his global charity ‘Live To Love' that builds eco-friendly schools aimed at teaching young women leadership skills has bagged the United Nation Millennium Development Goals Award.

The annual Millennium Development Goals Awards provide a platform to raise awareness about the critical work of the United Nations and honour and celebrate the exceptional work of select national governments and individuals contributing to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals around the world.

“Deeply honoured”

“I am deeply honoured by this award. I am always very happy and thrilled to see young people doing positive things together. Our White Lotus School in the Himalayas - the most eco-friendly school in Asia - is an amazing example of this. The Live To Love programme that the United Nations has recognised gives me great hope for tomorrow,” Gyalwang Drukpa said in a statement.

Situated in Ladakh region and run by the Buddhist sect, the Druk White Lotus School, where some scenes of blockbuster ‘3 Idiots' were shot, has won numerous awards including World Architecture Awards for Best Green Building, Best Education Building and Best Building in Asia. The school's mission is to provide an effective modern education while maintaining traditional values and cultures.