The Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, Jigme Pema Wangchen, will visit Vietnam from April 5 to 21 at the invitation of Drukpa Vietnam.
Gyalwang Drukpa is the honorific title of the head of the Drukpa school, one of the independent Sarma (new) schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
During the visit, the Gyalwang Drukpa, his Eminence Thuksey Rinpoche and Vietnamese Sangha representatives will organize public teachings and grand prayers for peace and prosperity in Hanoi, Nam Dinh, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Da Nang, Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City.
On April 16, they will hold the book launch of a Vietnamese version of Everyday Enlightenment at the headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Arts and Literature.
Jigme Pema Wangchen is the twelfth and present incarnation of the Gyalwang Drukpa. He was born while his parents were on pilgrimage in Tso Pema, (Rewalsar) Himachal Pradesh during a festival celebrating Guru Padmasambhava's birthday.
His father, Zhichen Bairochana, is a Dzogchen Master, these days commonly called Bairo Rinpoche. His mother, Kelsang Yudron, commonly known as Mayumla, came from Lhodrak, in southern Tibet.
The Gyalwang Drukpa has visited Vietnam five times.
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