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14th May 2014

Drukpa Pada Yatra

Following on the success of the several eco Pada Yatra, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa was invited by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksha, President of Sri Lanka, to undertake the sixth Pada Yatra, which is also the first to be held outside India, on March 06, 2013. The Pada Yatra too route from South to North, covering a distance of about 500km and visiting holy sites such as Sri Pada, Kandy, Matale, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura before concluding at Jaffna on April 6. Commemorative stamp was issued by Sri Lanka Post on April 05, 2013. Click to Enlarge
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Commemorative Drukpa Stamp Issued by Indian Government On Buddha Purnima Day (14th May 2014), the Government of India - Department of Posts released a commemorative stamp on the Drukpa Lineage in New Delhi, the capital of India. At 1:00pm on this special day, the stamp was released at all post offices across India. It was an exceptionally joyous occasion, marking a milestone in the lineage's long history of compassionate work for all sentient beings.

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The Gyalwang Drukpa is the honorific title of the head of the Drukpa school, one of the independent Sarma (new) schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. This lineage of reincarnated masters started from Tsangpa Gyare, the first Gyalwang Drukpa and founder of the school. The present Gyalwang Drukpa, Jigme Pema Wangchen is the twelfth lineage holder.

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched the Sri Lanka Peace Pada Yatra with enthusiastic fanfare at the Kirivehera temple premises in Kataragama. About 500 monks and nuns from India, Nepal and Bhutan and lay participants representing 16 other countries accompany the Pada Yatra. The President and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa participated in the Pada Yatra for a couple of kilometres. Parliamentarians, Provincial and Local Council members including mayors and Urban Council chairmen in Sri Lanka continued to join the Pada Yatra as it reaches their areas.

This was the sixth Pada Yatra that the Gyalwang Drukpa was undertaking and his first, outside of India. Since 2006, the Gyalwang Drukpa has taken hundreds of environmentally concerned participants on foot journeys through various parts of India - Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh, Manali, Sikkim and Darjeeling, each time the participants picked up more than one ton of non-biodegradable waste and educated the populace in the remote areas about the importance of keeping the environment clean and green for future generations.

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