By Reach Ladakh Correspondent, Saturday, March 18, 2017
The multi-faith religious leaders from India, Nepal and U.S officials joined together in Kathmandu to celebrate the birth anniversary of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa on March 5.
Around 500 guests from all over the world congregated to honor him for his compassionate leadership, humanitarian and environmental advocacy.
On the occasion, His Holiness was presented with a U.S. congressional resolution from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the U.S. Congresswoman for New York’s 12th Congressional District.
The resolution paid tribute to the Gyalwang Drukpa as a world-renowned humanitarian, environmentalist, and champion of gender equality, recognizing his efforts to provide relief services to tens of thousands in the Himalayas following the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal, to protect against soil erosion and support clean air through his One Million Trees project, and to empower, educate, protect, and inspire girls and women in the Himalayas and around the world.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation shared His Holiness’s passion for peacebuilding and service.
Dr. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Chief Imam of All India Organization, Imam of Mosques, His Holiness Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni, prominent Jain spiritual leader, Bhikkhu Sanghasena, the founder of Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre and U.S government representatives were among the guest present on the occasion.