The following new Gakyil members were approved by Rinpoche. He wrote:
Your new Gakyil, it is perfect. It shows all are new, so it is very important that old Gakyil collaborate to them as much as possible, otherwise they don't know in which direct to go correct way. I hope every thing goes well with them. I am leaving tomorrow to India and then to Bhutan etc.
With many Tashi Delegs to you all. NN.
If you are new to the Dzogchen Community, you might want to know - What is the Gakyil?
The Gakyil (pronounced gan-chi) is the chief governing body responsible for ensuring that the center is in line with Rinpoche's vision performing long term planning, overseeing the well-being of the community at a Gar or Ling, and providing financial oversight. The Gakyil is committed to serving the needs of the Dzogchen Community and maintaining healthy communication around international community policies, strategies, and finances.
The management and organization of the various center and groups of the Dzogchen Community are taken care of by the Gakyil ("mandala of joy"), an entity made up of three sections (indicated by the colors yellow, red, and blue), which, according to an ancient Buddhist system, correspond to the three aspects of the individual (body, energy, and mind). The yellow Gakyil (linked to the body dimension) takes care of financial management, the red Gakyil (linked to the energy dimension) of activities and projects regarding maintenance and development of the center, and the blue Gakyil (linked to the mind dimension) of cultural activities and those linked to the practice, such as regularly scheduled practices, retreats and courses.
The Gakyil is a collective body without any type of hierarchy within it and decisions are taken by common agreement of all the members. There can be three, six, or nine Gakyil members, who are elected each year. Local Gakyils will work with International Gakyil that is in direct contact with the Master, and has the role of establishing management and coordination policies world-wide.
Welcome new Gakyil and many thanks and appreciaon to the outgoing Gakyil for your dedicated service.
[reprinted from Tsegyalgar West]
Jacob Braverman https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006017595026&fref=ts Jacob is a translator of Tibetan who is studying at Shang Shung Institute.
Elizabeth Dudley Wickhart https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.wickhart?fref=ts Is a teacher of Hatha Yoga
Karen Prestwood https://www.facebook.com/karen.prestwood.54?fref=ts Karen is a medical doctor who graduated from the Shang Shung four-year Tibetan Medicine School
Cindy firstname.lastname@example.org Cindy was the Geko at Tsegyalgar East from 2004-2006 and she was also once on the Red Gakyil
Martina Kacurova https://www.facebook.com/MAKAMU?fref=ts Martina is a nurse and a Yantra Yoga instructor, she is married to Jakub Muller.
Jakub Muller https://www.facebook.com/jakub.muller.71?fref=tsJakub does construction work.
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Dominik Niceva email@example.com Dominik works in advertising and wants to help with fundraising.
Al Dagget, is continuing on the yellow gakyil as Treasurer. He is one of the original members of Tsegyalgar East and served on the first gakyil in 1983 responsible for incorporating the Dzogchen Community as a non-profit and tax exempt corporation.