10 April 2012
The Bromley by Bow Centre was delighted to welcome His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, Head of the Drukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism, during his recent visit to East London.
His Holiness visited the Centre as part of a tour of the Olympic Park led by Lord Andrew Mawson. He was interested to see for himself the regeneration and transformation of East London in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
After visiting the Olympic Park itself His Holiness was keen to meet people who live in the communities around the venues and learn about their experiences. He was particularly pleased to see the Bromley by Bow model of holistic care in action and discover how the Centre has grown from small beginning 28 years ago into an organisation with an international reputation for its grassroots work. His Holiness was excited to discover resonances with initiatives that his order is planning around new community schools and other holistic approaches.
During his visit to the Bromley by Bow Centre, His Holiness met local people and enjoyed learning more about the Centre and its role within the local community. He visited the Church where Lord Mawson had been the minister when he first arrived in East London in 1984 and enjoyed a walk through Bob's Park, which the Centre has regenerated and is the home to social enterprises and horticultural therapy programmes.
It was a special honour for the Bromley by Bow Centre to welcome His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa and it proved to be a real celebration for our diverse and multicultural community.