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His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa celebrates Earth Hour in HCMC

Released at: 16:09, 26/03/2018

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa celebrates Earth Hour in HCMC

Photo: Toan Druk

His Holiness arrived in Hanoi on March 14 with 100 monks and nuns from the Drukpa Lineage of Mahayana-Vajrayana Buddhism.

by Doanh Doanh

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on March 24 during the Earth Hour celebrations, when many people and organizations in the city took part in shutting off lights to preserve energy and benefit the environment. His Holiness also took part in the event. Devotees welcomed him at a downtown hotel with candles and battery-operated lotus lamps. He said that he was very happy to see Buddhists also taking part in saving the environment.

His Holiness said that Earth Hour was a meaningful activity, because it helps people raise awareness about the environment and spread the message about a simple and environmentally-friendly way of living.

As an environmental activist himself, often leading walking pilgrimages to clean the environment in the Himalayas, His Holiness emphasized the message that people need to protect Mother Nature. He sent a plea to Buddhist followers: “Each of us must raise our own awareness about the environment, protect our water sources, and protect nature, because they are a part of our lives. Especially those living in large metropolises like Ho Chi Minh City need to be role models in spreading the message of protecting the environment.”

His Holiness said that everyone should have the responsibility and mindfulness to protect the environment, for ourselves and for future generations.

He mentioned that we often waste a lot of energy for unnecessary things, while vital things such as the environment are overlooked. Each of us should study, gain knowledge, and educate ourselves as well as spread the message about protecting the environment among those around us.

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa will preside over a grand prayer for peace at Vinh Nghiem Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City, which will last two days. Thousands of Buddhists are attending the prayer with wishes for peace and prosperity.

Before the prayer at Vinh Nghiem Monastery, His Holiness plans to first visit the office of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha at Thienvien Duc Quang. After the two days of prayers, His Holiness will lead other prayers at Quan Am Tu Vien Nunnery on March 30. On April 1, he will visit Thien Quang Ni Tu Nunnery in southern Binh Duong province.

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa arrived in Hanoi on March 14 with 100 monks and nuns from the Drukpa Lineage of Mahayana-Vajrayana Buddhism, which originated in India. Often seen as the emanation of Avalokiteshvara, His Holiness always send the message of “live to love”, of which he is a role model. Before arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, he led grand prayers at the Tay Thien Mandala Stupa.

To celebrate this visit to Vietnam, the Lineage’s monks created a large gemstone mandala of Avalokiteshvara from 35 different types of precious stones, gems at the Tay Thien Grand Mandala Stupa. The mandala was recognized by the Vietnam Records Association as the largest Buddhist gemstone painting, measuring nine meters on each side. 

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