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His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa is the spiritual head of the 800-year-old Drukpa Order based in the Himalayas, with around 1,000 monastic centers and millions of followers worldwide. His mission is to promote universal harmony and inner peace by integrating the spiritual tenets of love and appreciation into daily life.

His work includes promoting gender equality, establishing educational institutes, medical clinics and medication centers as well as rebuilding several heritage sites in the Himalayas.

He is the founder and spiritual director of the award-winning Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, India, which provides its students with a modern education while preserving their local culture. In order for women in the remote Himalayas to receive an equal spiritual education, His Holiness established nunneries under the umbrella of “Druk Gawa Khilwa” in the Himalayas that teach traditional spiritual practices, Tibetan, English, Hindi and computer skills as well as martial arts.