Real success of the first Annual Drukpa Council (6-15 April 2009)
The main monastic body in Bhutan opened the Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) on April 8th at 3 a.m., on concluding the drupba ritual of Chakrasamvara. Then the masters of the Drukpa lineage and other international delegations entered the Druk Amithaba situated near the sacred Swayambhunath stupa. It is the seat of His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa who was designated for this first Annual Drukpa Council (ADC). A great hall was built to organize this exceptional event.
Let us name some great masters present at this council: H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa, H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche Drukpa Choegön Rinpoche, Dorzong Rinpoche, Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche, Gyetrul Jigme Norbu Rinpoche, Kyabje Gyeltshen Tulku, Losal Zangpo (Khenpo), Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Satrul Rinpoche, H.E. Trinzam Rinpoche, Drubpön Ngawang Tenzin... The Drukpa monastic communities (monks and nuns) coming from Nepal, Buthan, Vietnam, India, and disciples coming from all continents met together on the occasion of this first Annual Drukpa Council. The main goal of this council was to gather in a holy place numerous great masters and yogis of the lineage who came from all over the world. During the ADC, the international sangha could attend the enthronisation of great masters of the lineage: the 9th Kyabgon Drukpa Yongdzin Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Gyalwa Lorepa, a tulku woman Chozang Lhamo and a tulku from the Chemdrey monastery in Ladakh. Sacred relics were also shown to the public. It was a great joy for all to gather in the harmony of practice. Thanks to the ADC, the sharing of experiences, knwoledge and wisdom among the great masters will prevent the decline of the Drukpa lineage, the teachings will thus be preserved and kept alive throughout the world. The second ADC is already annouced : it will take place next year at the same period, same place. His Holiness has just announced the theme of the ADC : "Respect and appreciate with love and understanding."
Some video clips of the ADC are available : See the clips
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Extract of an interview with His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche, Chairman of the first ADC realised by Drukpa Paris during the ADC :
H.E. the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Péma Nyinjadh
Your Eminence, as we are celebrating the 800 year legacy of the glorious Drukpa lineage, could you introduce it to us in a few words?
The Drukpa lineage is one of the Vajrayana Buddhist lineages. The lineage is called Döngyu, the "lineage of the ultimate sense". Understanding the meaning in a philosophical way is not enough, and all the great masters of the Drukpa lineage insist on the necessity of experience through meditation to reach understanding. [...]
Could Your Eminence explain the objectives of this first ADC? What are the expected results, and the strategic points already decided?
The main goal of this council was to gather in a holy place numerous great masters and yogis of the lineage who came from all over the world. Some among them had not had the opportunity to meet His Holiness Gyalwang Drupka before. This council made possible the sharing of wise knowledge among disciples and students. It was a great joy for all to gather in the harmony of practice.[...]
Your Eminence, would you have some particular attentions to offer to French people?
France is certainly one of the most economically developed countries. But it is also in a privileged situation on the spiritual level, because so many great masters came to teach there. I would like all the Europeans and particularly the French to appreciate this situation! Even if Buddha Shakyamouni in person was in front of you, if you don't put into practice the teachings that you received, you would never be able to achieve the Enlightenment. That's why you shouldn't waste this great opportunity that is yours.
Interview to be published soon in Bouddhisme Actualités
His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa speaks about the Annual Drukpa Council
His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche speaks about the Annual Drukpa Council
His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa writes about the Annual Drukpa Council
"... Of course, the main event for me is the First ADC in April 2009. I am actually quite excited about it because it is a milestone for all of us in the Dragon Lineage and many of my colleagues from all parts of the world have confirmed their attendance, those who are not able to make it must have their reasons. [...]
For those of you who are able to make it for the First ADC as well as the walking pilgrimage, you are the most fortunate ones. Those of you who have registered for the First ADC, you shouldn't cancel so that this will be fulfilling my wish, and there will always be another walking pilgrimage, like the Mount Kailash pilgrimage when we get the approval. In fact those of you who really wish to fulfill my wishes should try your best to come for the First ADC no matter what. It is very important that these lineage activities are supported very firmly because as I said, people are attached to me as a person, therefore they have the strong tendency to support me and yet they don’t know that supporting my lineage is equally important, or if not, more important.
I have come into this world for the sake of this lineage which has been helping beings for more than 800 years, and if lineage is not there, my existence here doesn’t make any sense, the same goes with my colleagues, especially those colleagues of mine who are working so hard to make sure that our lineage is protected and not drowned in lineage politics. Therefore the First ADC is very important for the Drukpa Lineage and everyone of us who is involved in this and who believes that this genuine lineage of the yogis is able to continue helping many beings..."
First Annual Drukpa Council - 06 to15 April 2009
His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, supreme head of the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, grants for the first time in history an invitation to this unique meeting. This will become an annual meeting, known as The Annual Drukpa Council (ADC), and will serve as a platform for teachers and followers of the Drukpa Lineage and also for those who are interested in an authentic spiritual practice.
The aim of the council is to promote the teachings and exchange spiritual wisdom and experience as well as meditative practice and rituals. Rinpoches (reincarnated masters or tulkus) both young and senior, abbots and professors, all belonging to the Drukpa Lineage, who come from Ladakh to Bhutan (the traditional areas of that lineage), as well as Western Drukpa teachers such as the renowned Jets¸nma Tenzin Palmo, will give Buddhist teachings including lectures about the history and spread of the Drukpa tradition.
The Drukpa Lineage and their supreme heads, the Gyalwang Drukpas
The Drukpa Lineage stems from the Indian Mahasiddhas Tilopa and Naropa and the Tibetan masters Marpa, Milarepa and Gampopa, an unbroken lineage of masters and their adepts until today.
The successive Gyalwang Drukpas are the incarnation of Naropa (1016-1100), whose tantric bone ornaments are held by the successive Gyalwang Drukpas and are worn to enable devotees to accumulate merit. The last occasion that they were worn was in Ladakh in 2004 where 100,000 devotees came to receive the blessings.
The successive Gyalwang Drukpas are also the emanation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion and for more than 800 years the Drukpa Lineage has been famed in Tibet for its purity and ascetic yogic practice and conduct of life. ‘Half of the people are Drukpas, half of them are Yogis, half of them are realized' was a well known proverb in the days of the 4th Gyalwang Drukpa, the ‘all knowing' Pema Karpo (1527-1592).
Drukpa Künleg, disciple of the 2nd Gyalwang Drukpa, is famed all over the Himalayas and especially in Bhutan as the ‘Divine Madman' who transferred his wisdom in a down-to- earth and straight forward way to people from all walks of life, and is therefore admired and kept in their hearts until today.
It is a great fortune that the Drukpa Lineage spread to those areas of the Himalayan range outside Tibet. Ladakh, Bhutan, Lahaul and Kinnaur are the traditional places where the Drukpa Lineage thrived and these regions have kept their cultural identity and religious independence, despite the political unrest and changes of the last 50 years. They are still the places where Vajrayana-Buddhism of the Drukpa Lineage is authentically practiced today.
Aims and Program of ADC
The ADC will serve as a forum to exchange views and experiences to inspire those interested in or practicing a spiritual life, by conveying the deep and always fresh wisdom of Lord Buddha's teachings, as practiced for over 800 years in the Drukpa Tradition. Furthermore the connection between practitioners and groups of the worldwide Drukpa Sanghas will be supported and strengthened by the ADC for these modern times where the influence of information and media flow fast and strong.
The ADC will incorporate traditional rituals and practices, including an ongoing 10 day grand Chakrasamvara ritual (Drubchen) which will be conducted by senior monks of the monastic body of Bhutan - where the Drukpa Lineage has been the state religion since the 16th century. H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa will grant the initiation of a Chod (cutting through) practice, which is particular to this lineage, known as "Senge Tsewa". There will also be discussions and exchanges on topics that cover the practical benefit of spirituality in a fast changing world.
LIVE TO LOVE, a project brought to life by His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa will be one of the main focuses of this first ADC. Live to Love means to practice love and compassion beyond faith or belief through engaging in actively helping and connecting to those in need - both humans and animals - as well as caring for our environment. Every third Sunday of the month people are encouraged to meet in groups all over the world to practice LIVE TO LOVE thus serving and furthering the spiritual ideals of the Drukpa Lineage and developing their vitality according to the circumstances and needs of the ever changing world.
For further information please contact: www.drukpacouncil.org
Message from H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche, Organizing Chairperson
To all Drukpa Centres,
I pray that all is well and harmonious with your Dharma activities. As most of you are aware, the Annual Drukpa Council created by the enlightened mind of H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa is to be held this December in Nepal.
As per the wishes of H.H., I am trying to raise the awareness of this sacred event to others and would like to encourage you all to raise awareness among other Drukpa followers as well as the general public of the upcoming ADC event.
Being followers and with great faith in the Drukpa Lineage, I have great hopes that we will all strive to work harmoniously together in raising awareness of this event as well as spreading the sacredness of the Drukpa Lineage to others in every way possible in order to benefit as many sentient beings.
We have recently sent out invitations to other Rinpoches of the Drukpa Lineage to attend and participate in the ADC. We are still progressing on the organization of the ADC event and have not currently set up the registration site; however we will update everyone as soon as it is ready but the website is still available to all.
My prayers and good wishes to everyone in the Drukpa centres.
Yours sincerely in the Dharma,
H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche
His Eminence Kamtrul Rinpoche's website : http://www.khamtrul.org/