Centralized Religious Organization “Russian Diamond Way Karma Kagyu Buddhists Association“ (OGRN 1037858019495, INN 7810301506, legal address: Russia, 190068, Saint-Petersburg, Nikolsky per., bld. 7, 26; phone: +7 (812) 310-01-79; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) is a traditional religious organization uniting Diamond Way Buddhist centers that exist in many large and medium-sized Russian cities.
The Association has been functioning in the Russian Federation as a national Buddhist organization from the moment religious liberties were restored and it became possible to follow one’s beliefs without obstruction. By 1992, the officially registered Diamond Way Buddhist centers (hereinafter Centers) actively worked in dozens of big cities of Russia and Ukraine. In 1993, they united into the Association.
Initially, the Association was registered under the name “International Association of Karma Kagyu Buddhists” because it included both Russian and Ukrainian centers. In 1998, due to the change in the legislation of the Russian Federation, the Association was re-registered as All-Russian traditional religious organization and was named Russian Diamond Way Karma Kagyu Buddhists Association. In 2011, it got its new name – the Centralized Religious Organization “Russian Diamond Way Karma Kagyu Buddhists Association”.
Nowadays, the Association includes around 100 communities in all regions of Russia. It unites several thousand followers of the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (Diamond Way) that has now spread all around the world.
Apart from the Centers in the Buddhist areas of Russia where Buddhism is one of the traditional religions (Kalmykia, Buryatia, and Tyva), the Association includes Centers in the big and medium-sized cities. The two biggest ones are the Buddhist centers in two capitals – Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Centers of the Association perform a broad public activity aimed at preserving the ancient Buddhist culture and introducing it to many people. Under the auspices of the Association, lectures, courses, and workshops in painting and sculpturing, as well as art exhibitions, festivals, film screenings, open days, panel discussions and scientific conferences are organized. Maintaining friendly relations with other Buddhist organizations and confessions, the Association participates in common religious events, celebrations, and festivities dedicated to religious and national holidays.
The Association’s objective is preservation, development, and spreading of knowledge and methods of the Diamond Way Buddhism of the Karma Kagyu tradition, as well as helping Centers function and cooperate with unions incorporated into the Association and helping their members exercise the right of freedom of religion.
The Association is managed in a democratic way by a higher authority – the conference of center representatives, and in between these conferences – by a council of these representatives. Lama Ole Nydahl (Denmark) is its permanent member. There’s a president who represents the Association in different organizations and signs documents. The headquarters of the Association and its legal address are situated in Saint-Petersburg.
The Association helps Centers coordinate their activity, spread information, organize, communicate. It unifies them in any other way in relation to all issues that concern more than one Center, i.e. creating teachers’ travel plans, organizing big courses, providing information support, publishing, helping various construction projects, etc.
Being a centralized all-Russian traditional religious organization acknowledged as such by the Government of the RF, the Association establishes new centers and verifies the affiliation of already existing centers with the Diamond Way Buddhist tradition which is a basis for their state registration.