drikungThe Drikung Kagyu Order was founded in 1179 by Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön. It is headed by the two Kyabgon Rinpoches, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang.

While Chungtsang Rinpoche resides in Lhasa, Chetsang Rinpoche has established the Drikung Kagyu seat in exile in Dehra Dun, in the northeast of India.

Complete Bio of Kyopa Jigten Sumgon


Vajra Dakini Nunnery is a contemplative community in the Drikung Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Founded with the blessing and patronage of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, it is dedicated to peace, practice and service. VDN is both a community of nuns and lay women in training, established for the purpose of providing foodhousing and a suitable religious environment for those nuns. Equally Vajra Dakini is also a source of compassion training and practice for the public, women and men, old and young. Vajra Dakini regularly offers both traditional retreats and also compassion training in diverse settings including businesses, hospitals, hospices, colleges and universities.  VDN is incorporated for exclusively religious purposes.