A Wish Fulfilling Journey

In August 2007, one month after His Eminence the 8th Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche’s demise, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, spiritual head of the Drukpa Lineage, who took rebirth in India and who is also revered as the reincarnation of the great Indian saint of early 12th century, Naropa, visited Nangchen for the first time in this present life as a pilgrim. Although the visit was intentionally private as His Holiness only wished to make a spiritual connection with the holy place traditionally a stronghold of the Drukpa Lineage, his visit created a huge impact for Nangchen and its people. Tens of thousands of people thronged to catch a glimpse of him. It was said that in many of his previous lives, he visited Nangchen and gave many profound teachings to the successive Kings of Nangchen and their subjects. His Holiness learned about the wish of Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche in restoring Ashoka Stupa and he told Satrul Rinpoche that he would assist because Ashoka Stupa is not only a monument of Buddhist history, but also a symbol of peace, harmony and prosperity.

18 years ago, His Holiness’s Singaporean sponsor, Mr. Felix Lim Ah Yeong (the son-in-law of founder of the famous “Tiger Balm” ointment, Haw Par Village and newspapers Sin Chew Daily - the legendary Mr. Aw Boon Haw), had offered His Holiness a gigantic 35m bronze Buddha statue, made in Nanjing. His Holiness felt it was timely to give this statue to Nangchen. Along with the restoration of Ashoka Stupa, the Buddha being a part of this colossal project would help to restore the yesterday’s good fortune where people enjoyed a mindful living of genuine happiness.

Almost immediately, His Eminence Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche’s students used their Chinese government recognized and registered tax exempted charitable trust, Fu Rui Charitable Foundation, to raise funds for the restoration project. Many devotees in Asia, including renowned industrialists, such as members of the Lim family from the Genting Group Malaysia, made considerable donation to this project.

In July 2012, His Holiness visited the project site which was 90% completed and today in 2015, the project is finally ready for the grand inauguration. The noble wish of His Eminence Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche, one of the most enlightened masters of the Drukpa Lineage, is now fulfilled.

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