Kilung Foundation Board of Directors
H.E. Dza Kilung Jigme Rinpoche, President
As well as acting as the Foundation’s Board President from beginning, Kilung Rinpoche is also its Executive Director. Rinpoche manages Foundation business while in Tibet through the magic of cyberspace, which only recently came to the remote reaches of Dzachuka. Rinpoche plays multiple roles: managing Kilung Monastery, providing leadership for Kilung community, Buddhist teacher in Asia and the west, and important tulku and lineage holder of the Longchen Nyingtik.
Diane Berger (Rigdzin Chödron), Vice-President
Diane co-founded the Kilung Foundation with Kilung Jigme Rinpoche in 1998 and went on to serve as its Managing Director for thirteen years. In 2011 she stepped down to pursue more concentrated Buddhist practice, but continues to advise the board. Diane has a degree in journalism and anthropology from The Evergreen State College.
Cary Peterson, Secretary/Treasurer
Cary is known for her extensive volunteerism, including as a board member of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. After many years of interest in Buddhism and Tibet, Cary met Kilung Rinpoche in 2005. She's been a longtime sponsor of Tibetan families, whom she met on her pilgrimages to India, Nepal and Tibet. Cary is a community gardener deeply involved with sustainability education and service learning. She coordinates the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden, and also the Learning from the Land program at the Whidbey Institute. cary54 (at) gmail (dot) com
Kilung Foundation Volunteers
Le Ming Yang (Pema Norbu), Photographer
Le Ming Yang has been traveling regularly to Dzachuka since 2005, fascinated by the people and environment, deeply moved by the spiritual life found there. Specializing in stunning landscapes, nature, and portraits, his photography assignments take him all over China. He has worked with Kilung Rinpoche on several photography projects, and donates his fine images to the Kilung Foundation, many of which are found on this website.
Gabe Marihugh, Web Master and Designer
Gabe began as Kilung Foundation’s webmaster in 2008. He has been a web designer and developer for the past eight years, specializing in Flash interactive design and development. He is a lover of fine Asian teas, hiking and playing music with the exotic and enchanting sounds of the digjeridoo, the bansuri flute, clay udu drums and voice. www.glopilot.com
Kilung Foundation deeply appreciates
the many volunteers whose efforts have generously supported its work—
past, present, and future.