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21October2017

2nd ADC - An ADC Day in Review

The morning began with a sense of calm as the sounds of Guru Yoga practice filled the assembly hall. Soon after, Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso took the stage to give a public teaching on the topic of “Seeking the Truth.” He gave a penetrating account of the life of Buddha Shakyamuni, and how examples from the Buddha’s life apply to the modern day search for truth. The teaching segued into the following talk by Khenpo Jangchub Chodar on the “Understanding the Foundations of the Truth.” The mood was introspective and meditative.

In the afternoon, Kyabje Drukpa Rinpoche gave a comprehensive talk on the history of the Drukpa Lineage right here in Nepal. At one point, it was estimated that over 70,000 families in Nepal were Drukpa. Kyabje Drukpa Rinpoche emphasized the importance, especially in current times, to maintain our text preservation efforts in order to safeguard the teachings at a time of rapid change.

If the morning was calm, the evening was kicked off with the sound of laughter ringing across the grounds. The assembly hall was packed the brim as the monks from Chemdray Monastery (Ladakh) presented a one-hour play on the life of celebrated Tibetan dakini, Nangsa Obum. The theater actors recreated an elaborate snapshot of Her life and tribulations. It was an explosive display of humor, drama, song and dance that had the worldwide audience riveted from beginning to end. There was a palpable feeling of communal joy.

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