International Drikung Kagyu Council
The International Drikung Kagyu Welfare Council was formally recognized on 25 February, 2013 by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Könchok Tenzin Kunzang Thinley Lhundrup, following a long life mandala ceremony organized by the council itself for His Holiness. His Holiness health had seemed to be in some decline, and members of the Drikung Kagyu lineage spontaneously organized out of deep concern for the preservation and cultivation of the lineage.
After some discussion as to whether members should be appointed or volunteer, the first council was formed by six volunteers: Singi Tenzin Rinpoche, Khenpo Thubten, Khenpo Rigzin, Khenpo Tenzin Nyima, Drupon Thinley Nyingpo, and Lotsawa Lama Nyandrak. Because the council was determined to consist of seven members, these six unanimously requested H.E. Nubpa Rinpoche to join, and these seven willing members all were recognized by His Holiness to have not only been volunteers, but to have been chosen by various Dharma protectors such as Achi Chökyi Drolma. At this time, His Holiness also suggested the name of the council we have today: The International Drikung Kagyu Council.
In 2015, the current council was elected by the general assembly at the 1st International Drikung Kagyu Conference. The current council consists of: Chöje Ayang Rinpoche, Ven. Bhumang Rinpoche, Khenchen Nyima Gyaltshen, Khenpo Könchok Rangdol, Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, Lopon Dawa Tundup, and Mrs. Rinzin Drolma.
The council is a voluntary and democratic organization which works to meet the needs of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, addressing any poverty: material, intellectual, or spiritual. The council works to cultivate resources for building the skills, education, and moral conduct of the lineage as well as to meet the material needs to ensure the lineage continues to grow and develop in the future. Members of the council are Drikung Kagyu devotees who have volunteered or been sought for their specific skills and capacities to benefit the council.
The Council collects offerings and donations that are used only to benefit the lineage and never solely based on the individual interests or purposes of members of the council. Funds are maintained by the individual regional chapters with regular oversight from the Central Administration. All lay and monastic devotees of the glorious Drikung Kagyu lineage, but specifically the Lamas, Rinpoches, Khenpos, retreat masters, vajra masters, and so on, are asked to participate in this project through offering their guidance, participation, and support.
By working together in service of the Buddha’s teachings and for the improvement and preservation of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, the International Drikung Kagyu Council selflessly and impartially serves the needs of the lineage under the guidance of the two Drikung Kyabgöns, always placing the lineage before their own interests or purposes.