Drukpa Nuns Celebrate Self-Empowerment at The Gyalwang Drukpa Awards 2014

March 20, 2014

NEW DELHI, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Showcasing of Kung Fu Nuns performance and Dragon Dance

Drukpa Buddhists showcased the Himalayan Buddhist Tradition, as they celebrated
self-empowerment in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts. The day was filled
with scintillating dragon dance by the Drukpa nuns, breath-taking demonstration by the
Kung Fu Nuns, art and photo-exhibition, and some delectable Himalayan cuisine. The event
was organised by Live to Love, an international humanitarian organisation. His Holiness
the Gyalwang Drukpa, spiritual head of Drukpa Buddhists was the star attraction of the
event. He was accompanied by HE Gyalwa Dokhampa, HE Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche, and Jetsunma
Tenzin Palmo. Union Minister Smt Ambica Soni also attended the day-long celebrations.



The Gyalwang Drukpa Awards for 2014 were also given out during the function. These
awards are given out to organisations and individuals whose vision, inspiration and
leadership tackle humanities greatest challenges, and have been inspired by the global
philanthropist, the Gyalwang Drukpa himself. This year’s awards were given out four
distinguishing women persona of our times – Smt. Sterre Sharma, internationally renowned
artist who has been working selflessly with the slum dwellers of Shadipur Depot Area
through her organisation Kalakar Trust; Dr. Poonam Khetrapal, WHO regional director for
South East Asia; Smt. Ranjana Pandey, founder member of Jan Madhyam, an NGO that reaches
out to the disabled, especially the girl child from the marginalised section of the
society; and Smt Vimla Mehra, director general of Tihar Prisons.

Speaking during the function the Gyalwang Drukpa said, “Women play a very important
role in our society. Without them, we would have no existence. This day it is not just
celebrating self-empowerment of the nuns, but in fact our celebration of womanhood in
general.” Speaking on the awards he further said, “These awardees have done yeoman service
in their areas, not because of any compulsion, but because of their efforts and zeal to
work towards the well-being of all. We salute them. They are a blessing to humanity.”

Stanzin Dorjai and Dorjay Angdus, two extremely talented and award winning
cinematographer and photographer from the Ladakh region were also felicitated during the
celebrations, and a photo exhibition of their work also displayed at the venue.

Arjun Pandey, Head of Live to Love India said, “It is but our pleasure to be able to
host the Drukpa master, Eminences and the illustrious nuns in Delhi and also to be able to
interact with the luminaire recipients of the Gyalwang Drukpa Awards. They are all a
continuous motivation, and we hope that not just us, but people across the country and the
world will benefit from them.”

About The Gyalwang Drukpa

The Gyalwang Drukpa is the head of the thousand year old Drukpa Order, based in the
Himalayas and has millions of followers worldwide. His mission is to promote universal
harmony and inner peace by integrating the spiritual tenets of love and appreciation into
daily lives. His work includes promoting gender equality; establishing educational
institutions, medical clinics and meditation centres; and rebuilding heritage sites in the
Himalayas. He is the founder and spiritual director of the award-winning Druk White Lotus
School in Ladakh, India, which provides its students with a modern education while
preserving their local culture. In 2007, His Holiness founded the not-for-profit
international humanitarian organization Live to Love which has Aamir Khan and Michelle
Yeoh as its global ambassadors. In September 2010, the United Nations honoured His
Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Award for his
efforts to “create compassion into action”. Earlier in September, he was named the
“Guardian of the Himalayas” by Waterkeeper Alliance (an NGO founded by Robert F. Kennedy
Jr.) for his conservation efforts in the Himalayas.

About Drukpa Lineage:

The Drukpa Buddhists follow the Mahayana Buddhist tradition in philosophy, i.e. the
philosophy of “getting enlightened for the benefit of others” and the methods are based on
the Tantrayana teachings passed down from the great Indian saint Naropa, born in 1016.
“Druk” in means “Dragon” and it also refers to the sound of thunder. In 1206, the first
Gyalwang Drukpa, Naropa’s reincarnation, saw nine dragons fly up into the sky from the
ground of Namdruk, and he named his lineage “Drukpa” or “lineage of the Dragons” after
this auspicious event. Today, the Drukpa Lineage sprawls over major parts of the
Himalayas, especially in Ladakh, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti in India, as well as Bhutan and
Nepal. Bhutan, also known as “Druk Yul” or “Land of Thunder Dragons”, honours the Drukpa
Lineage as its state religion. The lineage is also widely practiced in many countries
throughout the world, especially Vietnam, another nation deeply influenced by the legends
of “Dragons”.

More about the Gyalwang Drukpa at http://www.drukpa.org

For further press information please contact:

Shreeya Roy Bhowmik
Communications @ Drukpa
Mob: +91 9350335761




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