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Drukpa's initiative to save the environment in Ladakh

July 21, 2010

In order to maintain the ecological balance, the Drukpa lineage, one
of the widely followed Buddhism sect in Ladakh had taken up this
green initiative to plant over 10,000 trees along the banks of River
Indus in Leh.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release)
July 19, 2010

In order to maintain the ecological balance, the Drukpa lineage, one
of the widely followed Buddhism sect in Ladakh had taken up this
green initiative to plant over 10,000 trees along the banks of River
Indus in Leh.

In appreciation of the herculean task completed under the leadership
of his holiness, Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa lineage, the
Government of Jammu and Kashmir has granted 10,000 acres of land for
further plantation of trees to Drukpa.

Incidentally, Drukpa's efforts to conserve the environment dates back
to early 2009 when under the leadership of his holiness, Gyalwang
Drukpa, head of Drukpa lineage and over 700 monks collected plastic
bottles along the 400km pad yatra from Manali to Leh to save
Himalayas from getting polluted.

About Drukpa Lineage:

The Drukpa Lineage follows 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, who was
born in 1016 in a West Bengal royal family. The lineage acquired the
name Drukpa in the twelfth century when, assuming the human form,
Avalokiteshvara - the Great Lord of Universal Compassion - manifested
in Tibet as the outstanding disciple of Mahasiddha Lingchen Repa.
This sublime being was called Drogon Tsangpa Gyare, the meaning
being: Drogon - the Protector of Beings; Tsang - born in the land of
Tsang; Gya - from the noble clan of Chinese (Gya) origin; Re - a
cotton-clad yogi. "Druk" in Tibetan means "Dragon" and it also refers
to the sound of thunder. In 1206, more than 800 years ago, Tsangpa
Gyare Yeshe Dorje 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. In this way, Tsangpa Gyare
became the founder of the lineage and was known as the First Gyalwang
Drukpa. The present Gyalwang Drukpa is the twelfth incarnation of the
founder of the Drukpa Lineage.
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