Published On: Wed, Aug 3rd, 2016

On peace mission, Buddhist troupe visits Golden Temple |Hindustan Times

A ‘cycle yatra’, led by Gyalwang Drukpa of Ladakhbased Drukpa Order, along with hundreds of nuns, reached Amritsar on Sunday evening and visited the Golden Temple here on Monday.

The group comprises of Buddhists from Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh and Lahaul-Spiti.

Harcharan Singh, chief secretary, SGPC, welcomed the troupe at the temple.

Revered by the Buddhists as the 12th reincarnation of the Drukpa, Gyalwang is on a two-month cycling mission (2500 km journey to Hemis Monastery in Ladakh) with his team.

“This is our fourth cycling expedition and our aim is to spread the message of peace, gender equality and create awareness about environmental concerns,” he said.

This yatra commenced from Kathmandu in Nepal in July to promote awareness about environmental crisis in the region and inspire collaborative action to resolve it.

The yatra traversed through the Himalayan region amidst adverse conditions. From the quake-hit regions in Nepal to the monsoon hit towns in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Pathankot, Srinagar, Sonmargand Kargil (J&K), the yatra will culminate at Hemis Monastery, 45 kilometres from Leh.

In Leh, it is scheduled to arrive prior to Naropa 2016 — a grand spiritual festival that is held once in every 12 years celebrating the 1000th birth anniversary of the Indian Saint Naropa, patron of the Drukpa Lineage.

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