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The Dragon, symbolizing the Drukpa (Dragon) Lineage, embraces the world or the p...

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About ADC

The ADC was envisioned by His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, His Holiness...

Aims and Objectives of ADC

Aims and Objectives of ADC

In August 2008, the ADC Organizing and Working Committee announced that the firs...

6th ADC Announcements

6th ADC Announcements
Message from 6th ADC Chairman

Message from 6th ADC Chairman

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Sixth Annual Drukpa Council - Living in Harmony

Bhutan Today Interviews H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche

H.E. Khamtrul RinpocheB.T. Bhutan Today (One of the daily newspaper of Bhutan)

H.E. His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh.

The Annual Drukpa Council (ADC), a brainchild of His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, aims to provide a platform for building and nourishing inter-group relationships within the Drukpa lineage, as well as to introduce and share the richness of its spiritual legacy to others. Bhutan Today

B.T.: What is Annual Drukpa Council?

H.E.: In Buddhist history, there were three councils or kadua that took place in India. The first that was ever held was one year after Lord BuddhaH.H. Gyalwang  Drukpa Shakyamuni passed away, and it was performed by 500 Ahrahats headed by Ananda or Kuengao, Odsung and Nyewar Khor and sponsored by the Buddhist King Ajatashatru. The second was headed by Ahrahat Drakpa and 700 other Ahrahats and held 110 years after Lord Buddha had passed away, and the famous Indian Buddhist King Ashoka, was the sponsor of the second council. And the third was headed by Arahat Suniwa, 500 Arahats and Boddhisattvas, Sixty thousand Panditas and it was held 300 years after Buddha had passed away. The purpose of all these councils were to collect all the teachings of the Buddha that were available at that time, and to preserve its original contents and correct mistakes or misconceptions as well as to add to those missing or incomplete texts for the benefit of sentient beings of the time.

Similarly the first ADC or Annual Drukpa Council was envisioned by His Holiness the XII Gyalwang Drukpa in consultation with Drukpa masters from Bhutan, Tibet, India, Nepal, etc. Though the ADC does not purport to have such a great aim as to be exactly similar as to the three great historical councils, that were able to review and revive the entire Buddhist canons; it aspires to at least revive the many teachings and practices of the Drukpa Lineagethat are very much in danger of disappearing. This is due to the lack of a platform that would enable all the great masters to exchange their teachings with each other as well as with the rest of us.

B.T.: What are its objectives?

H.E.: The objectives of the ADC is simply to have a gathering of great masters from Bhutan, India, Nepal, Tibet, etc and to provide an opportunity for those who wish to meet them, receive teachings and blessings(wang, lung, tri) and thereby guiding the people in their spiritual path. It is to be held every once a year in different locations where the Drukpa Lineage has historical importance and spiritual connections. This is with the hope that with the rotation of locations, it will allow for cultural and spiritual exchange between the host country and its participants.

I personally feel that there is a great need for this. For example, there is a general lack of awareness of the spiritual and historical connections between Ladakh and Bhutan. I found that many are unaware that there are around 80 Drukpa Lineage monasteries in Ladakh and that Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is equally revered there. Even the great master Sewla Jamgoen Ngawang Gyeltshen visited Ladakh upon the request of the king of Ladakh and built 8 monasteries that still exist to this day with many statues of Shabdrung in the main chapels. And it is the desire of the ADC to give a chance for countries like Bhutan and Ladakh and their respective peoples to reconnect with their shared historical spiritual past.

B.T.: Who are organizers/ funders?

H.E.:The first ADC will take place from 8 April to 15 April 2009 in Druk Amitabha Mountain, Swayambhunath, Nepal. Druk Amitabha is one of the main seats of Drukpa Lineage and it is being organized in various capacities by all of the 120 Drukpa monasteries in India, Nepal, and also the 25 International Drukpa Centers.

B.T.:Who are participants?

H.E.:The main participants are, the international Sangha and Dharma followers from Bhutan, Ladakh, Garsha, Kinnaur, etc. But it is open to anyone.

B.T:What are benefits public would reap after the council?

H.E.: First and foremost of all, I think it is very hard to meet even one great master, let alone many. And also to be able to receive teachings, initiations and ask questions in regard to not only spiritual practices, but on living our lives with meaning-it is a rare opportunity. There will also be display (jey kha) of sacred relics which gives liberation by sight, (Throng Drol) the main among them being the self arising Chakrasamvara (Rangjung Demchok Khorlo) which was found among the remains of the IV Gyalwang Drukpa Kun Khyen Pema Karpo. The present holy relic Rangjung Kharsapani of Bhutan was also found among the remains of 1st Gyalwang Drukpa Tsangpa Gyare, the founder of the Drukpa Lineage (1206).

B.T.:Any message, advice and instructions to the people of Bhutan?

H.E.: I have no advice as such but few thoughts and reflections to share. As it is said in the Dharma, we all desire happiness but most of us actively follow the causes of unhappiness, and feel that qualities like compassion, forbearance, generosity, patience and appreciation, caring for others are only for the spiritual people like monks, lamas and practitioners but the reality of interdependence is that we have to give others happiness in order for ourselves to experience happiness. It is especially true for us human beings because most of our joy and suffering are very much dependent on how others relate to us.

Negative thoughts and actions never give personal happiness, neither to one's circle of friends and family or to the society at large. Anyway I am sure that reflections of our past actions, thoughts and experience will prove that.

Other than wisdom and compassion which come from practicing Dharma there is no true way of affecting a change in one's thoughts, perceptions and actions. Therefore, along with success of one's material life one should dedicate a part of one's life for the development of spiritual or mental happiness.

B.T.: What are the future endeavors in Bhutan as well as in other countries?

H.E: The main endeavor of the spiritual community will always be to bring peace, harmony and happiness to all countries, through the teachings of the Lineage and also it is the aim of the ADC for the spiritual community to contribute in social service activities- I don