The Kilung Foundation serves and supports H.E. Dza Kilung Rinpoche’s Tibetan Buddhist teachings throughout the world, while helping to preserve and maintain the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual traditions and culture in his home community of Dzachuka, Tibet.
In east Tibet, the Kilung Foundation brings humanitarian aid to the Dzachuka community. The vision of Dza Kilung Rinpoche has been to help rebuild and strengthen Kilung community through locally initiated projects, with a primary focus of education through the Kilung Shedra and Kilung Youth Programs. Revitalization of both secular and sacred aspects of life has been a guiding principle because in Tibet the vitality of each supports the flourishing of the other.
Kilung Foundation was established in 1998 as a 501(c)3 non-profit in Washington State.
In 2003, Pema Kilaya was founded as part of the Foundation’s mission of bringing Buddhism in the Longchen Nyingtik Nyingma tradition to the West. Pema Kilaya now has sangha members throughout the world.
Rinpoche leads retreats and teachings from his western dharma seat at the Yeshe Long Buddhist Center on Whidbey Island, Washington, as well as world-wide. Pema Kilaya also hosts weekly and monthly meditations and practices at the center and online.
The Kilung Foundation logo encircles the Tibetan word Ki – short for Kilung. Ki is also shorthand for kilaya, the Tibetan ritual three-sided phurba, or dagger, associated with the deity Vajrakilaya. Lung means valley in Tibetan, so Kilung means Valley of Vajrakilaya.
Dza Kilung Rinpoche, calligrapher.