Naropa festival this year is bigger than it was 12 years ago. 1000 years of the Naropa legacy couldn’t have been celebrated any better.
The day started with the congregation of monks and nuns for Puja at the Naro Palace. After breakfast his holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa talked about the fifty stanzas of guru devotion. His teachings are truly inspirational.
The Gyalwang Drukpa is an inspiration to monks all over the world. He is the recipient of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Award and India’s Green Hero Award for his work in sustainable development, he has been recognised as the preeminent voice for modern issues now facing the Himalayas.
The Gyalwang Drukpa is the spiritual head of the Buddhist Drukpa lineage, originating from the scholar-saint Naropa who founder this order about a 1000 years ago.
The archery competition was spectacular and his holiness was present to witness the entire event. This was followed by different masters dialogue on conflict resolution in the 21st century.
After a nice hot meal of thukpa with loads of butter it was time for cultural performances by local artists and Kung Fu nuns. The star performers came in the very end – Vishal & Shekhar who spent only 5 minutes on stage, the rest of the time they were amongst audiences. They set the stage on fire with remarkable songs like – “baby to base pasand hai.” Have you ever seen a monk dance? Well, I saw 1000s of them go crazy to the foot stomping songs of Vishal & Shekhar. A brilliant night!