Founder’s Day is a special day for any institution, especially for one that is striving to impart the highest quality of all round education while ensuring that the ancient culture of its people and land continues to be nurtured and preserved. On 24th September, Druk Padma Karpo School, Shey celebrated its Founder’s Day, albeit a less pompous one than previous years. The school, which is a very personal project of His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa, which was was founded in the year 2001 and has been a pioneer in the field of education in Ladakh, ever since. In the past five years alone, over 400 students have successfully passed out of the school under the priceless leadership and guidance of His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa (Founding Father) and His Eminence Skyabje Thuksey Rinpoche (Chairman, DPKS). Keeping in mind the entering of His Eminence Zhichen Bairo Rinponche (His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa’s beloved father) into the Parinirvana state, earlier this month, the school decided to pay him a silent homage, while keeping the Founder’s Day commemorations modest and minimum. To do this, the teachers and students of the school got together to write a heart-rending ode in Bothi to their founding father. The song is a declaration of love, admiration and gratitude for His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa. Here is a translated excerpt of the song: “On this Founding Day, We, the teachers and students Pay homage to you, Oh loving, giving father and Guru!” His Holiness has been an ambassador of kindness, compassion, peace and rightfulness, who has positively influenced the lives of millions through his teachings. And the members of the DPKS family will be forever indebted to him for being their guiding light.