The venerable Drubpön Ngawang Tenzin
I would like to convey to you all my best wishes for this New Year of the Earth Dog.
Last year, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa honoured us with His presence. Under His guidance we attended a Yangtik retreat with a new text, and also the inauguration of the Lama Lhakhang. Everything went very smoothly and I submitted to His Holiness the request that He may come again next August.
As you know, His Eminence Bairo Rinpoche passed into Parinirvana in France, and His Holiness and Mayum La decided that the 49-day mourning period and cremation should take place at Drukpa Plouray. On this occasion, His Holiness Kathok Getse Rinpoche, along with lamas and nuns from Bhutan and Nepal, came and fi lled this period with a daily intensity of prayers, tsok and light off erings, and showers of blessings, in a great accumulation of merit for us all and for the Centre.
From the depth of my heart, I express my gratitude to His Holiness and Mayum La for their trust. Despite their deep sorrow, they were so very happy with the involvement and devotion of all those present.
I personally wish to thank the monastic community, the residents, the board members, and the members of the diff erent European and British sanghas for their help and contribution. The unwavering and unfailing energy of many persons has touched my heart in profound admiration.
In conclusion, I would like to remind you that our future life is in the making at this very moment. It is essential for us to show discipline and perseverance. My wish is that every one may do their utmost to attend at least once a year a retreat organized by the Centre.
With all my prayers.
Drubpön Ngawang Tenzin Pagsam Yongdu
Representative of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa in Europe