World's 20th Ashoka Stupa Found and Restored to its Former Glory
His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa Installs World's Largest Buddha Statue
NEW DELHI, India, July 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Drukpa Buddhists, led by the
spiritual Head, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa (HHGD) have completed
the mammoth task of restoring the sacred historic Buddhist site at
Nangchen, China. The restoration and beautification process had been on
for the past 5 years under adverse climatic conditions. His Holiness
oversaw this colossal work of restoration, done completely out of the
efforts of the masters, disciples and sponsors of the Drukpa Lineage.
The restored site was inaugurated by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120723/543830 )
Also known as Gomde or the "Abode of meditators", Nangchen has produced
generations of Dharma Kings, exemplary scholars and amazingly qualified
monks, yogis and practitioners, mostly belonging to the Drukpa Buddhist
HHGD established the Buddha Amitabha Statue at this historical site
during this apolitical, purely cultural visit to Nangchen. The statue
is world's largest, and made entirely with a mixture of gold and
bronze. The visit to China will help in connecting and bringing the
two worlds of India and China closer. He was accompanied by a large
delegation comprising Buddhist dignitaries and cultural champions from
India and abroad, including Dr. BK Modi, Mr. Arjun Pandey and Michelle
The visit embodies the spirit of Live to Love: building bridges and
working together to create a better world, while carrying the message
of "World Peace, Harmony and Prosperity."
The restored site also houses the Ashoka Stupa, one of the 84,000 built
by Ashoka the Great more than 2000 years ago. The Ashoka Stupas have
tremendous historical significance - the Indian Emblem is an adaptation
of the lion capital derived from the Ashoka Stupa at Sarnath (India),
and the 'chakra' in the Indian flag too has been derived from the
Ashoka Stupa. Historically, the Stupas are symbolic of the expanse and
influence of the empire of King Ashoka, who is credited with the
propagation of Buddhism across Asia.
His Holiness also took this opportunity to visit the refugees of the
earthquake that hit the region in April 2010, providing relief and
About Drukpa Buddhists
The Drukpa Buddhists follow the Mahayana Buddhist tradition in
philosophy, i.e. the philosophy of "getting enlightened for the benefit of others".
"Druk" in Tibetan means "Dragon" and it also refers to the sound of
Please visit: http://www.drukpa.org
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