LEH: The 8th Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) – the meeting of the Drukpa Masters – will be held on 13th and 14th September while a 5-day Naropa Festival 2018 is scheduled to be held from 16th to 20th September. Skyabje Khamtak Rinpoche informed this at a press conference held here on Tuesday.
Khamtak Rinpoche said that the ADC was instituted in Nepal by Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche few years ago and since then it was held every year, some years in Nepal and rest in Ladakh. This time will be held in Ladakh, he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that ADC is a platform where all masters of Drukpa lineage from all parts of Himalayas and their followers to come together to revive some unique aspects of the Drukpa Lineage and share the 1000 over years old rich spiritual legacy with the world through the inspiration of teachings, initiations, oral transmissions, panel discussions and talks.
Khamtak Rinpoche also informed that a 5-day Naropa Festival 2018 will begin from 16th September this year and this festival will be an annual event.
He added that this festival, as a tribute to Naropa, is being celebrated with the aim to preserve culture, environment and religion. A set of ancient precious relics are likely to be unveiled to grant sight liberation blessings to devotees.
President Young Drukpa Association, Rinchen Wachar informed that besides teachings by Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche and many other programmes, some of the best Bollywood stars including Sonu Nigam, will perform concerts on the occasion and this will be a great platform for aspiring Ladakhi youngsters.
Dr Ishay Namgyal, who was also present, said that from this a yearlong Naropa Fellowship programme has been started by Hemis Gonpa in collaboration with Ashoka University. This is for students who have just graduated in any discipline and this year the first batch as 72 students out of them 20 are Ladakhi, he informed.
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