Drikung Community Ratnashri Center was officially registered in Kyiv on January 17, 2006 in order to fulfill a joint aspiration of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and his students. The Center in Kyiv was the first officially registered Garchen Rinpoche’s Center in Eastern Europe. The Center is a part of global community of the Garchen Rinpoche’s Centers. All teachings and practices in our Center take part based on the program established and approved by Garchen Rinpoche for His students around the world. During the last ten years, Garchen Rinpoche visited Kyiv four times. In addition, every year Rinpoche’s students attend His teachings abroad. A very important event for our Center took place in October 2014. For the first time in Ukraine Garchen Rinpoche led a Vajrakilaya Drubchen. During His visit to Kyiv in 2014, Garchen Rinpoche emphasized that thanks to the Center’s activity transmissions of all the main practices of Garchen Rinpoche’s lineage are now present in Ukraine. This is a very auspicious sign and the benefit to our country will be equally great.
Many Drikung Kagyu masters and teachers has visited the Center in the past years. Among them H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Rinpoche, Nubpa Rinpoche, Drupon Tsering Rinpoche, Drupon Yeshe Rinpoche, Drupon Tsering Rinpoche, Lama Dawa Zang, Drupon Yeshe Zangmo, Khenpo Samdrup. We sincerely hope that the blessings of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Drikung Kagyu Lineage will allow our Center to benefit beings for many years to come.