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28May2017

2nd ADC - The Countdown Has Begun

You can tell from the photos we are showing you here that the countdown has begun. About half of the 800 nuns are now residing at Druk Amitabha Mountain, and the rest are on their way. The monument area has been gradually transformed. First the statue of Buddha Amitabha was installed, followed by the larger statue of Kunkhyen Pema Karpo, the 4th Gyalwang Drukpa and one of the most celebrated scholars and yogis in the 17th century CE.

With the completion of the gigantic monumental structure and the Naro Assembly Hall, Nepal's first column-free building, Druk Amitabha Mountain will become complete (for the time being) as a fully functional spiritual center as well as a convention center.

Druk Amitabha Mountain started with a very "small" intention of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa wishing to erect an Amitabha statue to benefit the deceased beings. 18 years later, it is now home to 400 (soon to be 500, we were told) female practitioners and one of the most qualified GREEN habitats in the Himalayas, with solar panels, solar light system, rain water harvesting system and biogas facilities. PLUS, the nuns run the place!

We will be reporting on Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's nuns and her own arrival at Druk Amitabha Mountain tomorrow (30th March), as well as the preparation for the historical 800-nuns Drubpa (or the Great Accomplishment Ceremony).


Kunkhyen Pema Karpo statue being moved to the site


Kyabje Zhichen Bairo Rinpoche conducting a ritual to consecrate the statues


Head of Kunkhyen Pema Karpo


The monumental block, seen from a distance


Kunkhyen Pema Karpo statue being assembled


Kyabje Zhichen Bairo Rinpoche blessing the precious stone to be placed on the forehead of Buddha Amitabha


Lobpon placed the precious stone on the forehead of Amitabha


Buddha Amitabha's serene face