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Recent Visit of His Holiness, The team at Live To Love UK – 20th March, 2012
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Recent Visit of His Holiness

The team at Live To Love UK – 20th March, 2012

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, Founder of Live to Love, arrived in the UK on Wednesday 14th March 2012 on a visit that co-incided with the launch of his new book ‘Everyday Enlightenment: Walking the Path to Happiness in the Modern World’. His Holiness’s visit brought an exciting mix of movies, mindfulness and inspiring messages – and also his famous Kung Fu nuns, recently the subject of a BBC documentary!

The visit started in Oxford where His Holiness met with Professor Mark Williams and Mark Leonard at Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University, to discuss the theory and philosophy behind ‘mindfulness’. Wolfson College, also part of Oxford University, then hosted a talk by His Holiness and a lively Q & A session chaired by the British actor Diana Quick, which followed an in-depth discussion between His Holiness and Mark Leonard about the gains and benefits of mindfulness training from both the Buddhist philosophical and Western psychiatric points of view.

The next day Lord Mawson (Board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company) hosted His Holiness on a tour of the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London and then accompanied him to the inspiring and pioneering Bromley-By-Bow centre (www.bbbc.org.uk) which Lord Mawson himself founded.

The evening followed with the centrepiece of the visit: the premiere at BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) of Wendy Lee’s film ‘Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey’.

The film showed an astonishing journey across the Himalayas for over 700 people, led by His Holiness, who together went through extreme hardship as they made a 400 mile trip up and over the mountains. It was a truly humbling experience which brought each walker in touch with the value of nature and appreciation of the simple things in life. At times the group had no food or tents for shelter, yet each looked after the other on the treacherous snow covered mountain slopes where temperatures were often well below freezing. As they walked they collected rubbish: discarded plastic bottles, wrappers, bags etc. In all, they collected nearly half a tonne of rubbish which was taken to recycling centres on route. This was brought into the context of the importance of the Himalayas for the balance of life on the planet as they are the world’s largest store of fresh water outside of the polar ice caps. These mountains are suffering from the effects of climate change and mankind’s ill-considered intervention in the balance of nature and the planet.

If you weren’t able to join us at BAFTA, please enjoy the trailer of the documentary by clicking on the link below


After the screening, the acclaimed actor Michelle Yeoh interviewed His Holiness. Ms Yeoh is well known for her roles in films such as Memoirs of a Geisha and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. His Holiness’s message to the audience was clear – that compassion in action is love. Each and every one of us wishes to be loved, nurtured and cared for so let’s Live to Love.

We are delighted to announce that Michelle Yeoh has agreed to become a Global Live to Love Ambassador and will perform her role alongside Aamir Khan, the Indian actor who starred in the movie ‘3 idiots’. The movie, the highest grossing Bollywood blockbuster, was partly filmed at Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, one of Live to Love’s flagship projects.

The visit was rounded off with a visit to the BBC where His Holiness was interviewed by Aled Jones for the Good Morning Sunday show on Radio 2.

We send our heartfelt thanks to His Holiness for finding time in his fast paced schedule to visit Live to Love UK and look forward to welcoming him back here before too long.


His Holiness with Michelle Yeoh

His Holiness with Aled Jones