The Selection Process
There were two ideas regarding the selection process of the future council that would be made up of seven members: a voting system and alternatively, a volunteer system for incorporating members. These two concepts were discussed, and it was agreed upon to use the volunteer system. During that discussion, it was decided that if there were to be more than seven volunteers. The names of all volunteers would be taken to the Achi Chökyi Drolma Shine Hall, where the method of using a lottery for choosing the members would be employed.
There were only six volunteers wishing to be members and serve the Drikung Kagyu lineage that day. After a while, they requested H.E. Nubpa Rinpoche’s presence as the seventh member of the council.
The First Drikung Kagyu Council Members
The six volunteers are Singi Tenzin Rinpoche, Khenpo Thubten, Khenpo Rigzin, Khenpo Tenzin Nyima, Drupon Thinley Nyingpo, and Lotsawa (translator) Lama Nyandak. All present in the meeting happily accepted and applauded the first International Drikung Kagyu Welfare Council members. Afterward, the organizer of the long-life mandala offering ceremony presented the outcome of the sitting discussion to the Vajradhara Holiness. On February 25, 2013, a very auspicious day of the main ceremony of the Mandala offerings, with assemblies of the monastic and laypeople present, His Holiness bestowed his blessing with a Khata (white scarf) on the neck of each member. Moreover, His Holiness announced and recognized the newly formed society before the huge congregation, who responded with praise.
That evening, the members of the newly formed society went to see His Holiness where he offered the name, the International Drikung Kagyu Council. On the following day, the members visited H. E. Garchen Rinpoche, who gave wonderful advice to the seven members. At the time, Rinpoche said that the members who stepped forward were actually chosen by higher beings and Dharma Protectors such as Achi Chökyi Drolma.