Chairman of the annual Drukpa council, the ninth Khamtrul rinpoche, Jigme Pema Nyinjadh
2 April, 2010 - The annual Drukpa council (ADC), which commenced on April 8, is a source of inspiration to Buddhism and many people around the globe, according to His Holiness the Je Khenpo.
His Holiness, on behalf of the zhung dratsang (central monastic body), was conveying their appreciation to His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche who is presiding over the meeting. His Holiness Gyalwang Drupchen Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Drogon Tsangpa Gyare (founder of the Drukpa lineage) and recognised and revered as the spiritual head of the Drukpa lineage.
In his message, His Holiness said, “Today, in this degenerated age, Buddhism in general and the glorious Drukpa tradition in particular are facing numerous challenges. In such a critical time, your skilful and visionary initiative of instituting the Drukpa Council is a great achievement in itself.”
The council, according to his Holiness, has not only provided a strong base for confidence and a sense of direction to the followers of the glorious Drukpa tradition, but also provided a source of inspiration to Buddhism.
Gyaltshen trulku rinpoche, the representative of HH the Je Khenpo to ADC, read out the message. While addressing the gathering on April 8, Gyaltshen trulku said, “The entire spiritual community takes pride in expressing their deepest appreciation for this unparalleled initiative that Your Holiness has taken up.
Around 300 Bhutanese monks and nuns are taking part in the world largest gathering of Drukpa masters, scholars, yogis and practitioners in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.
The theme of the second annual council is “Respect and appreciate through love and understanding.” The chairman of the council, the ninth Khamtrul rinpoche, Jigme Pema Nyinjadh, said the council is a forum that brings various people from different backgrounds and makes them understand the cultures and values through respect and understanding, to bring harmony and peace in the lineage without losing culture and values.
“We need to appreciate and respect different cultures because of their unique richness,” he said. Khamtrul rinpoche said he felt the impact of the first ADC in many ways, as many Bhutanese, after attending the council, came to know about the Drukpa lineage outside Bhutan. “Similarly many people from Ladakh and Garsh in India also visited Bhutan to learn about the Drukpa lineage,” said the Rinpoche.
The spiritual benefits of the council, according to Khamtrul rinpoche, will be the wisdom gained from listening to the teachings of different masters. “Understanding wisdom means understanding Buddha’s teachings and ultimately understanding enlightenment. Understanding enlightenment comes from teachings and teaching comes from great masters,” he said.
By Tenzin Namgyel