His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was invited to the Fifth Annual Drukpa Council at Drukpa Kagyu Jangchub Chöling Monastery in Hemis, Ladakh, as chief guest. On 1 September 2013, he was received with a warm welcome at Hemis Monastery with all the traditional ceremonies and procession.
H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa offered a scarf to H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and took his hand to lead him to the guest room, accompanied by H.E. Thukse Rinpoche and all the monks and nuns, and people of the region.
At 10:30 am the Annul Drukpa Council began with an introduction by H.E. Thukse Rinpoche. Thereafter the distinguished guests presented their speeches. In his address, H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa stated, “we all know that our root Guru H.H. the Gyalwang Drikung Kyabgon is here to bless our Annual Drukpa Council with his graceful presence.” The Gyalwang Drukpa conveyed many Tashi Delek and thanks to the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for kindly visiting and blessing the Annual Drukpa Council and also conveyed thanks to all the Rinpoches, distinguished guests, monks and nuns who participated in the Council. The Gyalwang Drukpa also gave a brief account on the history of Drukpa Kagyu Lineage.
In the end, the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang gave a speech saying that he was happy to be present at the Fifth Annual Drukpa Council and to meet H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa, H.E. Thukse Rinpoche, the representative of Khenchen in Bhutan, the representative of the people and government of Bhutan, the representative of Sri Lanka, the President of the Autonomous region of Ladakh, the president of the Ladakh Buddhist Association, the President of the Monastery Association of Ladakh, distinguished guests of Jammu and Kashmir, and the representatives from all different societies.
The Drikung Kyagon Chetsang said that the Fifth Annual Drukpa Council was very important because this year is the 1000th Birthday Anniversary of our forefather Marpa Lotsawa Chökyi Lodrö. Marpa Lotswa was born in the year 1012, and in 1097 he entered into Parinirvana, so he lived for 75 years for the Dharma and wellbeing for all sentient beings. He visited India three times and four times Nepal. At the age of 32, he followed his masters Naropa and Maitripa, and many highly qualified masters of Nalanda and Vikramshila and we can still see the notes of Marpa that he took during the teachings and empowerments that he received from his masters. Most of the texts of Marpa are still extant at Drepung Library under the title of Mar-Nog. 13 volumes have been printed, which represent fundamental teachings for all the Kagyupas. Marpa had many disciples and followers, and later on from Phagmodrupa many Kagyupa traditions flourished far and wide. The Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also said that eventually we have received the permission to renovate Densa Thil, the main seat of Phagmodrupa in Tibet. We have been working on this project for 15 years by sending one of our Khenpos and a manager there, trying to find ways to support our plans and they had to overcome many difficulties in many different ways. Inside the main temple a Buddha statute of the size of a three-story building is almost completed and next year, H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Chökyi Nangwa has confirmed to visit there and perform the inauguration ceremony.
In the end the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang added that these days with the development of external materialism we should also develop inner qualities. He emphasized that though external development has reached a peak, still we see a lot of diverse debris on the roadsides. It shows that our inner quality of taking care of others is lacking. This also means ignoring the motivation of Buddhism, loving kindness and compassion and care. In Buddhism we focus on benefiting for all mother sentient beings. Therefore, each and every individual must practice the wellbeing of all beings in keeping the environment clean for. If we throw away garbage carelessly, it would unnecessarily cost lots of lives of sentient beings. Likewise, we should keep good relationships with each other, unity and friendship is utmost important for society.
His Holiness was happy to know that in this region Drukpa Kagyu, Drikung Kagyu and Gelugpa Tradition all live together happily and supporting each other which is the core essence of life. Currently with the development of external materialism we become very much independent and because of this we become very proud, jealous and egoistic, which results into competition and egocentrism, and makes us all unhappy. We should always respect each other and cooperate with each other and then we will all be happy and our way of life will be better.
His Holiness also said: “I have nothing to say, as H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa is here who is one of the greatest masters of our time and who’s Dharma activities have flourished all over the world. In earlier times the Drukpa split into Upper Drukpa, Middle Drukpa, and also Lower Drukpa, I pray that all the Drukpa Kagyu might unite and radiate the Sun of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings. Finally, I pray for the long life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and all the great masters of the ten directions.