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26March2017

Things to Prepare

As His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa says repeatedly, "Pilgrimages should be a great purifier and should involve some physical hardships." And spiritual gatherings like Annual Drukpa Council to be attended by so many great masters will definitely be a marvelous way to make connection for spiritual progress and activities performed during these gatherings will definitely have tremendous effects that support one's spiritual practice and fulfill the mundane wishes.

Weather

 An average temperature drop of 6°C occurs for every 1,000 m gain in altitude. In the Terai, summer temperatures exceed 37° C and higher in some areas, winter temperatures range from 7°C to 23°C in the Terai. In mountainous regions, hills and valleys, summers are temperate while winter temperatures can plummet under sub zero. The valley of Kathmandu has a pleasant climate with average summer and winter temperatures of 19°C – 35°C and 2°C – 12°C respectively.

Cooperation

In every pilgrimage or spiritual gathering, there could be tested times where our tolerance and patience are challenged, often when we least expect these to happen. However please remember that in all pilgrimages and holy occasions, we all need to be understanding and supportive towards one another so that the entire event will be beneficial for ourselves and those around us, especially for the longevity of our precious masters and for the sake of their lineage.

Each registrant will be given an identity tag. Please wear it at all the times, permission to enter into most of the main Temples and into the cafeteria for having meals will require a show of the tag.

Practice Texts

1 Your personal practice texts
2 The 3rd Edition of "A Rosary of Jewels", with 319 pages, and 38 prayers, printed on recycled paper (Published in February 2013). If you do not have a copy, you can click the image to order one.

Email your order and shipping address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and online payment will be made through PayPal. Or you can pay through PayPal now and we will bill you the postage (by standard Registered Airmail/you can request for other postage methods) separately.

Things to Bring

** Items marked are important to note.

** Your own cups, plates, bowls, forks and spoons for use during the ADC and keeping them with you all the time to use them, so that the organizers do not need to prepare disposable cups, plates, bowls, forks and spoons
** Your own bags to receive Tsok offerings and the like
** FM Radio to tune in to listen to the different simultaneously translated languages (English, French, Mandarin, Spanish, Vietnamese, Portugese and Nepali)
1 Passport/Entry Visa (to be applied prior to entry)/international flight tickets. Please ensure your passport has at least 6-month validity
2 Local currency/extra cash for personal expenses
3 Personal effects, i.e. toiletries (you may also wish to consider bringing bathroom tissues and disinfectant)
4 Medication as you require, for altitude sickness and other discomforts
5 Comfortable walking shoes with tracks. Some distance of mountain walking may be expected (we actually do not know since this kind of program is mostly spontaneous)
6 Some clothing to keep warm
7 Appropriate rainwear/umbrella as rain may also be possible. Please note that abnormal weather conditions can sometimes occur during a pilgrimage or a journey with accomplished spiritual masters
8 Cushion as you may require
9 Alarm clock and flash/torch light