Background: Druk Amitabha MountainWritten by Administrator
|His Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa had initially envisioned to install a statue of Buddha Amitabha according to the wish of his mother. His had the idea to erect a thirty five foot Amitabha statue on the site of the current Bairo Ling Monastery. His Holiness mother Myum la had seen many insects killed because of the excavation and construction work, therefore she wished to dedicate the land to be used for the benefit of others, with the intention that the millions of insects killed there would be directly or indirectly liberated.
Due to objections from the Civil Aviation Authorities, the Buddha Amitabha statue was not permitted to be located in Boudhanath so another suitable site needed to be found. Eventually the current site was selected and the original project for the Amitabha statue has evolved into what it is now—Druk Amitabha Mountain.
With the wishes of his mother fulfilled, His Holiness continues to develop Druk Amitabha Mountain to further extend and enhance the original vision for the project. The heart of the complex is the Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey, which provides female practitioners the access to traditional and contemporary training. His Holiness said "What I am trying to do is to give my handful of poor nuns equal rights as the monks have to receive training, teachings and instructions. At the same time, I do not wish to downgrade the training for the monks in order to match the nuns. So I am training monks and nuns equally. Whatever the monks are getting, the nuns get too. This is because I strongly believe that female practitioners can serve the society, the people and beings tremendously, just as their male counterparts, through the practice of Buddhist philosophy. There is no doubt about it and also there is no reason why not."
Along side the DGK Abbey is also the Retreat Center, Library, Administration Office for the Lineage and its' activities, Guesthouse, Cafe and Souvenir Shop. Druk Amitabha Mountain is also inclusive of a small farm for animals liberated from slaughter houses and land for cultivating crops to subsidize food expenses. The site is slowly being transformed into a environmentally friendly and a completely sustainable community through the use of renewable technologies. The blessings through the spiritual activities being conducted there under the guidance of His Holiness have definitely transformed Druk Amitabha Mountain into a pure land of its own beauty and reverence.Last Updated on 20 June 2010