Our Founder

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa is a world-renowned humanitarian, author, environmentalist, and champion of gender equality.

Recipient of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Award for his cross-border humanitarian work and India’s Green Hero Award for his work in sustainable development, the Gyalwang Drukpa is recognized as the preeminent voice for modern issues now facing the Himalayas.

The Gyalwang Drukpa is head of the Buddhist Drukpa Lineage, originating from the scholar-saint Naropa who founded Indian Buddhism over a thousand years ago. Drukpa Buddhism is steeped in celebrating diversity and active community service and has over 30 million followers worldwide. 

The Gyalwang Drukpa initiated the Live to Love movement, a secular philosophy that encourages communities to use kindness and wisdom to heal the modern world’s challenges, and to celebrate diversity of faiths, cultures, and sexual orientation. Live to Love International is the resulting global network of non-profit organizations focused on those goals, pioneering multiple local and cross-border projects throughout the Himalayas and beyond.