The spiritual head of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, the current Gyalwang Drukpa is an internationally renowned activist and educator, and the recipient of both the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Honour as well as the Green Hero Award, presented by the President of India, in 2010. He is a fierce proponent of womens' rights, and the founder of the Druk Gawa Khilwa nunneries in Kathmandu and Ladakh, the home of the now famous "Kung Fu Nuns".
In 2012, under the leadership of the Gyalwa Drukpa, the sacred Buddhist site at Nangchen, China was restored and reconsecrated. This site include the world's largest statue of Amitabha, as well as the Ashoka Stupa, celebrating one of the 84,000 pillars or edicts built by Ashoka (reign c. 268 – c. 232 BCE), the Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty.
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