On June 6, 2019, the directorship transition of Kagyu Droden Kunchab (KDK San Francisco) took place in its city location. For over 40 years, Venerable Lama Lodu has been the KDK San Francisco Resident Lama for both its city location and the retreat center. Likewise, with the transition of Kagyu Dzamling Kunchab in New York City (KDK NYC), formerly supervised by the late Venerable Lama Norlha since its establishment took place last year, Guru Vajradhara the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa completed transferring the directorship of these centers previously founded by H.E. the 1st Kalu Rinpoche to H.E. Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche, marking the end of Guru Vajradhara’s three-year interim care taking.
Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Lodu, Venerable Wangchen Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Rinchen, a couple of resident Iamas from Yangsi Rinpoche’s other North America centers and board of directors of KDK San Francisco were among the participants of the transition meeting. Representing Guru Vajradhara was his Chief of Protocol and Executive Secretary of Palpung Institution, Venerable Lama Tenam.
In addressing the audience, Lama Tenam started by stating why this meeting took place. He emphasized that the core essence of everything boils down to the importance of lineage. He pointed out that centers, resident lamas and even Rinpoche are part of the positive side of samsara. But, without lineage, all are still samsara. He delivered a detailed and thorough speech on the historic lineage background and connections so the audience have clear understanding on the importance of lineage and why their responsibilities and doing is meaningful.
May all bear in mind the significance of lineage and those lineage masters who serve their lives fearlessly and selflessly to this very day in the efforts of preserving and propagating the precious lineage beyond criticism and praise.
Summary of Lama Tenam’s Talk in KDK San Francisco Directorship Transition Meeting