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A group of senior monks from Bhutan on a visit to India

Logan D Suza

A group of senior monks from Bhutan on a visit to India

A group of senior monks from Bhutan is visiting India. This senior group of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body (CMB) is headed by Sheogi Lopen Sange Khandu. They are exploring the cultural and spiritual wealth of Delhi and Ladakh.

Note that the spiritual relationship between India and Bhutan is very old. This relationship is believed to have started during the reign of Guru Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rimpoche in Bhutan.

It is this guru who is believed to have introduced Buddhism to the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. He went to Bhutan via Odisha, Himachal Pradesh. And as a result these regions have become important pilgrimage sites for devoted Bhutanese.

Ladakh also has special importance as a spiritual place. It is a particularly important place for the Dhrakpa Kagyu Buddhists.

The visit of a group of Buddhist monks to Ladakh is not just a formality, but a significant step in consolidating age-old ties.

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