Gyalwang Drukpa (M) at the requiem (Source: VNA)

A Buddhist delegation from India led by the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, Djigme Padma Aungchen, held a requiem at Phuoc Trung Pagoda on Ba Den Mountain in the southern province of Tay Ninh on October 8 to pray for peace and for soldiers who died in battlefields in the locality.

Over 1,000 Buddhist monks, nuns and followers attended the event to pray and to listen to Buddha’s teachings.

Gyalwang Drukpa is the honorific title of the head of the Drukpa School, one of the independent Sarma (new) Schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Djigme Padma Aungchen is the 12th and present incarnation of the Drukpa lineage.

The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa has been presented many noble awards from countries and international organisations for his great contributions to society and charity cause, including India’s “Green Hero” cup, the title “ Guardian of the Himalayas” of the International Union for Conservation of Nature , and t he “Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Award ” by the United Nations.

Ba Den Mountain is a prominent destination in Tay Ninh for both Buddhist followers and the common holiday makers. Around 2 million visitors, both Vietnamese and foreigners, come here every year.-VNA