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Posted on 05 November 2017

Last updated 15 October 2017

International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.

dkc001His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundhup the Chairman of the Drikung Kagyu Institute (, and the Head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the 37th throne holder and the 7th reincarnation of the Chetsang Rinpoche, which is the manifestation of the Avaloketesvara. 

Nowadays His Holiness resides in Jangchub Ling monastery in Dehradun, North India where he established the Drikung Kagyu Institute in the year 1985 as a non profit organization. The main aims and purposes of the Drikung Kagyu Institute is to preserve and promote the Buddhist philosophy and culture, and also to provide education for the students from poor and remote Himalayan regions. Now, under His Holiness kind guidance we have Jangchubling Monastery, Samtenling Nunnery, Songtsen Library, Kagyu College and over hundred of monasteries in Tibet, India and Nepal.

Since 1987, His Holiness has been extensively travelling and giving teachings all over the world. Under the constant supervision of His Holiness now there are over 150 Drikung Kagyu lineage centers around the world. The main purpose of these centers is to provide opportunity for all people to study Buddha Dharma and practice Buddhist meditation in today's world of turbulence. 

His Holiness has founded the "Go Green & Go Organic" project and now is working for preservation of environment throughout the Himalayan region and later this green project will be extended over the world. Under this project H.H. had successfully accomplished the Ice Stupa project in Ladakh ( The Ice Stupa is an artificial glacier used for water conservation, melting in spring time when fields need water most. For this green project, on May 06, 2016, HH was honoured as a United Nations Mountain Partnership Ambassador, inspiring goodwill toward improvement of quality of mountain people’s life and preservation of healthy environment in the world's mountain regions. 

In Shravasti (North-East India) His Holiness has founded the "Great Shravasti Buddhist Cultural Assembly" ( – multinational non-sectarian Buddhist prayer festival, aiming at revival of Buddhist culture and ancient tradition of chanting prayers in different languages. Representatives of all Buddhist cultures from all over the world are welcome to participate and represent their cultures. The project also aims at support of local community and improvement of education in this remote area.