Who we are

Who We Are

Khyentse Foundation Team

The Foundation is a collaborative effort of students, friends, volunteers and sponsors around the world. We are engaged in an international campaign to provide the necessary resources, capital, manpower and knowledge to fund or seed a number of priority projects envisioned by Khyentse Rinpoche to support the community of dharma students and practitioners worldwide.

In order to achieve its goals, Khyentse Foundation relies on the sound professional advise of an investment committee appointed by Khyentse Rinpoche comprised of financial professionals with experience of investment and portfolio management. Please read complete bios on the KF team or contact them directly from the links below. In addition, the Mandala outlines the the activities of the various organizations lead by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

With the exception of our legal counsel and auditor, all Khyentse Foundation team members serve as volunteers.

Nai-chu Ding has been translating since 1983, when she began inviting the teachers to Taiwan for teachings. Over the years, she has done oral translation into Chinese for the teachings of Gyaltrul Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, Dordrup Chen Rinpoche, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and many others. Her published translations in Chinese include Dalai Lama’s How to Practice, Dzogchen, Advice on Dying, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s The Wish-fulfilling Jewel, Tulku Thondup’s Boundless Healing, Dzigar Kontrul’s It’s Up to You, and Matthieu Ricard’s Happiness.

Richard Dixey studied for his honours degree in biochemistry at Oxford University, his masters degree in the history and philosophy of science, and his doctorate in biophysics at London University. He was director of the Bioelectronics Research Laboratory at St Bartholemews Hospital in London for 14 years before founding Phytopharm plc, a drug discovery company specializing in developing pharmaceutical products based on traditional medical knowledge. After taking the company public on the London Stock Exchange in 1996, he retired as chief executive in 2006. He is currently a director of the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation, a foundation based in California dedicated to the rebuilding of the Buddha Sasana in India, and he is also an advisor to Khyentse Foundation.

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Steven Goodman, PhD, is a core faculty member and co-director of the Asian and Comparative Studies program in the Philosophy and Religion Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco), where he teaches Buddhism and comparative philosophy. A former Rockefeller fellow and visiting professor in religious studies at Rice University, he has taught and lectured widely on Buddhism, meditation, and Western psychology for the past 25 years. He is the co-editor of Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation and a contributor to Mindfulness and Meaningful Work and Frogs in the Custard, a book on Buddhist psychology soon to be published by Snow Lion. Steven is a member of the KF Grants Review Committee, the Program Advisory Committee, and the Endowed Chair in Buddhist Studies working group, and was on the Program Advisory Committee for the Translators Conference.

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Film Producer Suresh Jindal’s films include Basu Chatterji’s Rajnigandha, Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari, Attenborough’s Gandhi, and Mani Kaul’s Naukar Ki Kameej, among others. He was also executive Producer on Rinpoche’s film Vara in 2013, Jindal’s films have won three national awards in India, four Film Fare awards and eight Oscars (Gandhi).

He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and spent four years in the aerospace/electronics industry in California as an engineer. He is a member of the National Honorary Mathematics Society of America and was previously a member of the Academic Council of the Film & Television Institute of India. He is also the former vice-president of the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association. He has written many articles on cinema and Buddhism. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.

Suresh came in contact with the Dharma in 1999 when he attended a teaching by H.H.Dalai Lama at Dharamsala. Realizing that the study of Buddhism requires the discipline of the three trainings – of hearing the teachings which includes reading, of reflection which includes debate, and of meditating by which the practitioner tries to get a direct experience of the core doctrines of the teachings – he decided to take a few years off from his ambitions and career to apply himself full time to the study of the Dharma. In 2004 he also became a student of Dzongzar Khyentse Rinpoche. Suresh is an advisor to board of directors of Khyentse Foundation and Khyentse Foundation India.

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Cangioli started her career in public relations and publications with a non-profit organization in Hong Kong. She went on to set up her own company in the 1980s organizing international conferences and exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region.  Cangioli moved to San Francisco in 1988.  She became a student of Khyentse Rinpoche in 1994 and was the Treasurer of Siddhartha’s Intent Western Door (SIWD) from 1996 to 2001.  She was a founding director of  Khyentse Foundation and has been serving as Executive Director since its inception in 2001. Cangioli graduated with honors from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.

Read the feature on Cangioli in Faces of the Foundation.

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Michael is the founder and chair of Metals Economics Group, a leading strategic consultancy in the worldwide mining business since 1980. He recently stepped down as CEO of Coemergence, an associated knowledge management software company.

Michael is also the founding chair of the Shambhala Institute of Authentic Leadership (now ALIA Institute), a series of leadership development programs attracting people at the forefront of organizational and societal change around the world. His animating passion/lunacy is exploring how the wisdom and compassion pointed to in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions can be developed in the life of the larger society.

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Originally from Hong Kong, Amelia graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies in 1975. She was also Alpha Mu Gama and a member of the National Collegiate Foreign Languages Honour Society. In 1977, she received her Master of Arts in Oriental Languages from U.C.L.A. and also received the Academic Achievement Award for Graduate Students. In 1979, she completed her course requirements and oral examination for the Ph. D. program in the Department of Archaeology at U.C.L.A., and became a Teaching Fellow in an Exchange Programme with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1991, Amelia was an Assistant Director of Marketing for Aetna Investment Management in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991. She was Vice President and Head of Investment Transaction Unit of Citibank Private Banking Group, Asia Pacific from 1985 to 1989, and was an Investment Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. from 1981 to 1985.

Amelia has been working full-time for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for the past ten years. She is a Director, Fundraiser and Financial Controller of Siddhartha’s Intent International, Khyentse Rinpoche’s Buddhist charitable society headquartered in Vancouver. She is also a Founder of Khyentse Rinpoche’s Sea to Sky Retreat Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. She organized Rinpoche’s public seminars and is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers for charitable works. She serves on Khyentse Foundation’s Board of Directors and on the investment committee.

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Lisa received a BA in English from Smith College and attended medical school at the University of Washington. Her internal medicine practice in Seattle blends alternative and conventional approaches. She is secretary of the Khyentse Foundation and serves on the Foundation’s board of directors.

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Florence runs her own apparel export business based in Hong Kong. Originally from Malaysia, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles and went on for her MBA at UCLA. She is a member of Pi Beta Kappa, and Beta Gamma Mu. Born into a Mahayana Buddhist family, Florence has been a Vajrayana practitioner since becoming a disciple of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1990. She is a member of the Board of Directors.

Read the feature on Florence in Faces of the Foundation.

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Christine is a member of Khyentse Foundation’s Executive Committee. While serving as director and account supervisor for Khyentse Rinpoche’s Hong Kong based film production company, she also actively runs her family business providing catering supplies locally and wholesale distribution in Singapore, Japan and the United States. Christine met Rinpoche in 1988, became his disciple in 2005, and has devoutly followed his teachings since. Christine received a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University with a major in accounting. She is a mother of two and happily married. Christine Ng is also on the Board of Directors of Siddhartha’s Intent Hong Kong.

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Marco is a Certified Public Accountant currently working as an Accounting Supervisor at Great Western Chemical in Portland, Oregon, the largest privately held chemical distribution company in the US. Prior to this, Marco was an Accounting Supervisor with Silver Eagle Company in Portland for 5 years.

From 1985 to 1994 Marco was with Logan & Associates, Ltd, a CPA firm in Highland Park, Illinois. While employed at Logan, he became a CPA and was in charge of training other CPAs, installing and supporting accounting software, in addition to performing all the other functions of a CPA. From 1981 to 1985, Marco was initially the Business Manager and then the Comptroller at Karme-Choling in Barnet, Vermont, a Buddhist meditation centre started by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is a part of Shambhala International.

Marco graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Marco became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and attended the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary. He became a student of H. H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1976 and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1987. Marco is on Khyentse Foundation’s Treasurer. He serves on the Investment Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors.

Read the feature on Marco in Faces of the Foundation.

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Bel was a longtime student of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and has been responsible for the investments of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, Chagdud Rinpoche’s center and foundation, for more than six years. Bel holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of Campinas – PUCCAMP – Brazil. She received an MBA from the University of San Francisco in 1994. After graduating, she worked for Barings, ING Group and Deutsch Morgan Grenfell. She was a portfolio manager for BBA Capital Asset Management, a joint venture of The Capital Research Group in Brazil, from 1996 to 2000. From 2000 until 2002 Bel was the director in charge of equity investments and head of research for BankBoston Asset Management, the third largest asset management in Brazil at the time. Bel is Chairperson of Khyentse Foundation’s Investment Committee. Through her company Gesar Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC based in Santa Monica – California, she manages funds for private clients and foundations.

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KF board member Raji Ramanan is a highly respected and sought-after translator based in New Delhi who has been honored by the Indian Parliament for her contributions in the field of translation. Raji has translated books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama into Hindi, including Healing Anger, Power of Compassion, Heart of Compassion, and 365 Dalai Lama. She also translated works by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the first three chapters of Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara from Sanskrit into simple Hindi for the Indian sangha. Raji also serves on the board of directors of Siddhartha’s Intent India and is a member of the classical languages faculty at Deer Park Institute.

As an advisor to KF-India, Raji is initiating the effort to translate Dharma teachings and texts into Hindi and possibly other vernacular languages such as Marathi for the general Indian public.

She also produced Dhih, an inspiring two-DVD set of Buddhist chants. A favorite in the Khyentse sangha, the CD set contains a booklet of the mantras in Roman and Devanagari script, with their meanings and pronunciation, translated by Raji.

“Meeting Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche was a blessing for me,” says Raji. “In him I found not just a kind, compassionate teacher who is there to help out with any doubts one encounters in spiritual practice, but who also challenges one to look at other possibilities of understanding different concepts. His questions about the meaning of Sanskrit words have helped me in my own understanding of the language.”

On being a KF board member, Raji says, “It not only made it possible for me to connect to people who are engaged in extraordinary work in Buddhist studies—be it research or the work of translation — it has given me an opportunity to meet amazing teachers of Buddhadharma. Rinpoche has always inspired me to explore the great Nalanda tradition and recognise the hidden jewels there.”

Isaiah holds a Masters Degree in Asian and comparative studies with an emphasis on Indo-Tibetan language and philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 1999, he co-founded the Mind Body Awareness Project, an organization that teaches mindfulness skills to at-risk youth. In 2002 he worked on Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s film Travellers & Magicians as the assistant director and went on to associate produce Neten Chokling Rinpoche’s film Milarepa (2003). Isaiah currently works as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, directing commercials, music videos, and short films, and serves as the program development director and member of the board of directors of Khyentse Foundation.

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John Solomon is a film, animation, branding, talent, theme park, and internet consultant. His clients have included Disney, Warner Brothers TV Animation, Power of Entertainment, 6 Point Harness Animation Studios, Media Eagles, Ghostbot Animation, The Vault, and Big Stage. John began his career working in feature films for Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, followed by Scott Rudin and Freddie Fields Productions, and later Witt-Thomas Films, where he associate produced the films Mixed Nuts and Final Analysis. In 1992 John began a 15-year stint at the Walt Disney Company, as a VP of filmed entertainment at Imagineering and as head of Disney Television Animation’s Shorts Lab. He then shifted to the arena of social justice, producing a campaign for human rights in Burma, followed by a political campaign for Dan Adler for Congress. John was a consultant for Rinpoche’s film Vara: A Blessing. As an avid contemporary art collector, John’s eclectic taste ranges from William Wegman to Andy Warhol to Christo to Claes Oldenberg. Recently, John restored Richard Neutra’s Taylor House, a modernist gem in the hills above Los Angeles. He was a founding board member of the Pasadena Museum of California Art and currently serves as a board member of Khyentse Foundation.

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Pema is a citizen of Bhutan where he studied Botany, Zoology and Chemistry at Sherubtse College. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1993. He now resides in Delhi, India, where he oversees many of Khyentse Rinpoche’s activities. He recently took sabbatical to study art conservation at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and furthered his understanding of text conservation at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Pema is a member of the Board of Directors of Khyentse Foundation and serves as country representative for India.

Kris Yao (姚仁喜) is one of Taiwan’s most outstanding architects. Recognized for his distinctive creative flair, he has produced many award-winning architectural designs and received both local and international acclaim. Kris began to broaden his knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism upon entering the fourth decade of his life. Since then, the religion has had a profound impact on both his life and his concept of architectural design. “I’ve slowly come to realize the possibility of merging artistic creativity with spiritual practice. Actually, it is almost imperative that these two elements be combined.” Kris is a member of the KF board of directors and the Endowed Chair in Buddhist Studies working group.

Read the feature on Kris in Faces of the Foundation.

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Cangioli started her career in public relations and publications with a non-profit organization in Hong Kong. She went on to set up her own company in the 1980s organizing international conferences and exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region.  Cangioli moved to San Francisco in 1988.  She became a student of Khyentse Rinpoche in 1994 and was the Treasurer of Siddhartha’s Intent Western Door (SIWD) from 1996 to 2001.  She was a founding director of  Khyentse Foundation and has been serving as Executive Director since its inception in 2001. Cangioli graduated with honors from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.

Read the feature on Cangioli in Faces of the Foundation.

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Lisa received a BA in English from Smith College and attended medical school at the University of Washington. Her internal medicine practice in Seattle blends alternative and conventional approaches. She is secretary of the Khyentse Foundation and serves on the Foundation’s board of directors.

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Florence runs her own apparel export business based in Hong Kong. Originally from Malaysia, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles and went on for her MBA at UCLA. She is a member of Pi Beta Kappa, and Beta Gamma Mu. Born into a Mahayana Buddhist family, Florence has been a Vajrayana practitioner since becoming a disciple of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1990. She is a member of the Board of Directors.

Read the feature on Florence in Faces of the Foundation.

Contact Florence Koh

Christine is a member of Khyentse Foundation’s Executive Committee. While serving as director and account supervisor for Khyentse Rinpoche’s Hong Kong based film production company, she also actively runs her family business providing catering supplies locally and wholesale distribution in Singapore, Japan and the United States. Christine met Rinpoche in 1988, became his disciple in 2005, and has devoutly followed his teachings since. Christine received a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University with a major in accounting. She is a mother of two and happily married. Christine Ng is also on the Board of Directors of Siddhartha’s Intent Hong Kong.

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Marco is a Certified Public Accountant currently working as an Accounting Supervisor at Great Western Chemical in Portland, Oregon, the largest privately held chemical distribution company in the US. Prior to this, Marco was an Accounting Supervisor with Silver Eagle Company in Portland for 5 years.

From 1985 to 1994 Marco was with Logan & Associates, Ltd, a CPA firm in Highland Park, Illinois. While employed at Logan, he became a CPA and was in charge of training other CPAs, installing and supporting accounting software, in addition to performing all the other functions of a CPA. From 1981 to 1985, Marco was initially the Business Manager and then the Comptroller at Karme-Choling in Barnet, Vermont, a Buddhist meditation centre started by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is a part of Shambhala International.

Marco graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Marco became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and attended the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary. He became a student of H. H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1976 and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1987. Marco is on Khyentse Foundation’s Treasurer. He serves on the Investment Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors.

Read the feature on Marco in Faces of the Foundation.

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Bel was a longtime student of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and has been responsible for the investments of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, Chagdud Rinpoche’s center and foundation, for more than six years. Bel holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of Campinas – PUCCAMP – Brazil. She received an MBA from the University of San Francisco in 1994. After graduating, she worked for Barings, ING Group and Deutsch Morgan Grenfell. She was a portfolio manager for BBA Capital Asset Management, a joint venture of The Capital Research Group in Brazil, from 1996 to 2000. From 2000 until 2002 Bel was the director in charge of equity investments and head of research for BankBoston Asset Management, the third largest asset management in Brazil at the time. Bel is Chairperson of Khyentse Foundation’s Investment Committee. Through her company Gesar Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC based in Santa Monica – California, she manages funds for private clients and foundations.

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Chimé lives in London and is a trainee solicitor. She studied Western Philosophy at the University of Nottingham before going on to law school. Chimé’s parents, Ngodrup and Deborah Dorjee, are both students of Khyenste Rinpoche, and Chimé and her brother Jamyang were lucky enough to follow in their footsteps.

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Bel was a longtime student of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and has been responsible for the investments of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, Chagdud Rinpoche’s center and foundation, for more than six years. Bel holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of Campinas – PUCCAMP – Brazil. She received an MBA from the University of San Francisco in 1994. After graduating, she worked for Barings, ING Group and Deutsch Morgan Grenfell. She was a portfolio manager for BBA Capital Asset Management, a joint venture of The Capital Research Group in Brazil, from 1996 to 2000. From 2000 until 2002 Bel was the director in charge of equity investments and head of research for BankBoston Asset Management, the third largest asset management in Brazil at the time. Bel is Chairperson of Khyentse Foundation’s Investment Committee. Through her company Gesar Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC based in Santa Monica – California, she manages funds for private clients and foundations.

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Originally from Hong Kong, Amelia graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies in 1975. She was also Alpha Mu Gama and a member of the National Collegiate Foreign Languages Honour Society. In 1977, she received her Master of Arts in Oriental Languages from U.C.L.A. and also received the Academic Achievement Award for Graduate Students. In 1979, she completed her course requirements and oral examination for the Ph. D. program in the Department of Archaeology at U.C.L.A., and became a Teaching Fellow in an Exchange Programme with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1991, Amelia was an Assistant Director of Marketing for Aetna Investment Management in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991. She was Vice President and Head of Investment Transaction Unit of Citibank Private Banking Group, Asia Pacific from 1985 to 1989, and was an Investment Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. from 1981 to 1985.

Amelia has been working full-time for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for the past ten years. She is a Director, Fundraiser and Financial Controller of Siddhartha’s Intent International, Khyentse Rinpoche’s Buddhist charitable society headquartered in Vancouver. She is also a Founder of Khyentse Rinpoche’s Sea to Sky Retreat Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. She organized Rinpoche’s public seminars and is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers for charitable works. She serves on Khyentse Foundation’s Board of Directors and on the investment committee.

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Desmond grew up in Hong Kong and attended school in the UK. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Oriental Studies. He spent over 13 years at Citigroup where he was a managing director responsible for investments in the Asia region, and he is now working at a hedge fund based in Hong Kong. He is a member of the KF Investment Committee.

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Marco is a Certified Public Accountant currently working as an Accounting Supervisor at Great Western Chemical in Portland, Oregon, the largest privately held chemical distribution company in the US. Prior to this, Marco was an Accounting Supervisor with Silver Eagle Company in Portland for 5 years.

From 1985 to 1994 Marco was with Logan & Associates, Ltd, a CPA firm in Highland Park, Illinois. While employed at Logan, he became a CPA and was in charge of training other CPAs, installing and supporting accounting software, in addition to performing all the other functions of a CPA. From 1981 to 1985, Marco was initially the Business Manager and then the Comptroller at Karme-Choling in Barnet, Vermont, a Buddhist meditation centre started by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is a part of Shambhala International.

Marco graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Marco became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and attended the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary. He became a student of H. H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1976 and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1987. Marco is on Khyentse Foundation’s Treasurer. He serves on the Investment Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors.

Read the feature on Marco in Faces of the Foundation.

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Kelly grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from National Taiwan University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She started her career in private wealth in 1998 in Hong Kong, and very much enjoys working in the financial market. She loves all paths of true love, wisdom, and liberation.

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Gene Chan graduated with distinction from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, with a degree in computer science and a minor in economics. He is a CFA charterholder and a vice president of Citco Fund Services, the world’s largest administrator of hedge funds and fund of hedge funds. He serves as an advisor to the KF Investment Committee.

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Greg has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s since 1999. While living in Vietnam working as a manager for European investment projects, he began to learn meditation in Burma and has since practiced under the guidance of Rinpoche. Greg is a Dharma instructor for Rinpoche’s Dharmadas training program. He has also been translating sutras for the 84000 project for the past two years. Greg, a father of two teenagers, currently lives in Austria where he is completing his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Vienna. He specializes in Sanskrit and Tibetan philosophical traditions and has been lecturing on Buddhism and academic methods for the past three years. Greg is an advisor to the KF Investment Committee and serves on the Academic Development Committee.

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Over the course of his career, James L. Nelson has provided executive leadership across several industries including financial services, gaming, energy and entertainment. He is on the board or audit committee of many companies including Icahn Enterprises, American Entertainment Properties Corp., Tropicana Entertainment, Take-Two Interactive Software, Voltari, and Single Touch Systems. Jim has been a friend of Rinpoche’s for many years and offers his experience and expertise to KF as an advisor to the Investment Committee.

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Stuart MacFarlane is from Sydney, Australia, and is now based in London. In the early seventies he lived in India whilst studying Advaita Vedanta and yoga with his guru, Swami Karunananda Saraswati. He later studied psychology and psychotherapy, and has been in private practice for over twenty years. Stuart recently completed a seven-year training in Analytical Psychology and is now a practicing Jungian psychotherapist. He met Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1985.

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Doris Wolter studied German literature and comparative religion at Freie Universitat Berlin and fine arts at Hochschule der Künste Berlin. Her first Buddhist teacher was Sogyal Rinpoche, and after graduating in 1983, she worked as national director of Rigpa Germany for 16 years. Her son, Jasper, was born in 1984. Doris served on the board of the German Buddhist Union from 1993 to 2001. In 1992 she coordinated a European Buddhist Union conference—”Unity in Diversity”—in Berlin, and in 1996 she initiated and organized “Dying, Death and Living,” a conference on spiritual care for the dying under the patronage of H.H. the Dalai Lama and Dame Cicely Saunders.

Since 2004 she has coordinated and overseen the development of the study programme “Knowing – Understanding – Experiencing: Buddhist Wisdom in the Diversity of Traditions,” for the German Buddhist Union, inviting speakers from all main Buddhist traditions in the spirit of inter-Buddhist dialog. She also coordinates a website that offers authentic materials on Buddhism for teachers in German schools.

Doris has edited and written for a number of Buddhist publications, and she founded and served as chief editor of the Buddhist magazine Rigpa Rundbrief from 1988 until 2001. Her first book “Losing the Clouds, Gaining the Sky,” a collection of teachings by Buddhist masters, was published in 2007. Under the guidance of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and in cooperation with Roland Walter, she founded the publishing house Manjughosha Edition, whose purpose is to translate Buddhist texts into German and print them on demand. She has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche since 1990 and is the KF country representative for Germany. She also works with the KF scholarship committee.

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Ngödrup currently runs his own Accountancy and Tax service in London, U.K. Prior to his move to London, he worked in Bhutan in the Department of Tourism, heading the Trekking and Mountaineering Division. He then served as Under Secretary in the Ministry of Communication, Tourism and Aviation. He studied Hotel Business Administration (1979-1981) in Munich, Germany and acquired his Masters in Marketing (1985) at Surrey University, Guildford, UK. He retrained as an accountant and took his professional exams in 1991-1992. Ngodrup’s family have had a close connection to the families of Rinpoche’s father and mother. His parents were devout followers of Dudjom Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Sonam Zangpo. Having known Rinpoche for many years before, Ngodrup formally became Rinpoche’s student in 1989.

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Lisa received a BA in English from Smith College and attended medical school at the University of Washington. Her internal medicine practice in Seattle blends alternative and conventional approaches. She is secretary of the Khyentse Foundation and serves on the Foundation’s board of directors.

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Steven Goodman, PhD, is a core faculty member and co-director of the Asian and Comparative Studies program in the Philosophy and Religion Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco), where he teaches Buddhism and comparative philosophy. A former Rockefeller fellow and visiting professor in religious studies at Rice University, he has taught and lectured widely on Buddhism, meditation, and Western psychology for the past 25 years. He is the co-editor of Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation and a contributor to Mindfulness and Meaningful Work and Frogs in the Custard, a book on Buddhist psychology soon to be published by Snow Lion. Steven is a member of the KF Grants Review Committee, the Program Advisory Committee, and the Endowed Chair in Buddhist Studies working group, and was on the Program Advisory Committee for the Translators Conference.

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Beginning in the mid 1970’s Jakob Leschly studied and practised under the guidance of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse, as well as His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Chakdud Tulku Rinpoche, Tulku Pema Wanggyal, and other masters of the Nyingma tradition. Jakob began his studies with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1977, and has served him in several capacities since the early 90’s. Jakob is Editor of Khyentse Foundation materials.
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Film Producer Suresh Jindal’s films include Basu Chatterji’s Rajnigandha, Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari, Attenborough’s Gandhi, and Mani Kaul’s Naukar Ki Kameej, among others. He was also executive Producer on Rinpoche’s film Vara in 2013, Jindal’s films have won three national awards in India, four Film Fare awards and eight Oscars (Gandhi).

He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and spent four years in the aerospace/electronics industry in California as an engineer. He is a member of the National Honorary Mathematics Society of America and was previously a member of the Academic Council of the Film & Television Institute of India. He is also the former vice-president of the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association. He has written many articles on cinema and Buddhism. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.

Suresh came in contact with the Dharma in 1999 when he attended a teaching by H.H.Dalai Lama at Dharamsala. Realizing that the study of Buddhism requires the discipline of the three trainings – of hearing the teachings which includes reading, of reflection which includes debate, and of meditating by which the practitioner tries to get a direct experience of the core doctrines of the teachings – he decided to take a few years off from his ambitions and career to apply himself full time to the study of the Dharma. In 2004 he also became a student of Dzongzar Khyentse Rinpoche. Suresh is an advisor to board of directors of Khyentse Foundation and Khyentse Foundation India.

KF board member Raji Ramanan is a highly respected and sought-after translator based in New Delhi who has been honored by the Indian Parliament for her contributions in the field of translation. Raji has translated books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama into Hindi, including Healing Anger, Power of Compassion, Heart of Compassion, and 365 Dalai Lama. She also translated works by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the first three chapters of Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara from Sanskrit into simple Hindi for the Indian sangha. Raji also serves on the board of directors of Siddhartha’s Intent India and is a member of the classical languages faculty at Deer Park Institute.

As an advisor to KF-India, Raji is initiating the effort to translate Dharma teachings and texts into Hindi and possibly other vernacular languages such as Marathi for the general Indian public.

She also produced Dhih, an inspiring two-DVD set of Buddhist chants. A favorite in the Khyentse sangha, the CD set contains a booklet of the mantras in Roman and Devanagari script, with their meanings and pronunciation, translated by Raji.

“Meeting Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche was a blessing for me,” says Raji. “In him I found not just a kind, compassionate teacher who is there to help out with any doubts one encounters in spiritual practice, but who also challenges one to look at other possibilities of understanding different concepts. His questions about the meaning of Sanskrit words have helped me in my own understanding of the language.”

On being a KF board member, Raji says, “It not only made it possible for me to connect to people who are engaged in extraordinary work in Buddhist studies—be it research or the work of translation — it has given me an opportunity to meet amazing teachers of Buddhadharma. Rinpoche has always inspired me to explore the great Nalanda tradition and recognise the hidden jewels there.”

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Bel was a longtime student of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and has been responsible for the investments of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, Chagdud Rinpoche’s center and foundation, for more than six years. Bel holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of Campinas – PUCCAMP – Brazil. She received an MBA from the University of San Francisco in 1994. After graduating, she worked for Barings, ING Group and Deutsch Morgan Grenfell. She was a portfolio manager for BBA Capital Asset Management, a joint venture of The Capital Research Group in Brazil, from 1996 to 2000. From 2000 until 2002 Bel was the director in charge of equity investments and head of research for BankBoston Asset Management, the third largest asset management in Brazil at the time. Bel is Chairperson of Khyentse Foundation’s Investment Committee. Through her company Gesar Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC based in Santa Monica – California, she manages funds for private clients and foundations.

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Originally from Hong Kong, Amelia graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies in 1975. She was also Alpha Mu Gama and a member of the National Collegiate Foreign Languages Honour Society. In 1977, she received her Master of Arts in Oriental Languages from U.C.L.A. and also received the Academic Achievement Award for Graduate Students. In 1979, she completed her course requirements and oral examination for the Ph. D. program in the Department of Archaeology at U.C.L.A., and became a Teaching Fellow in an Exchange Programme with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1991, Amelia was an Assistant Director of Marketing for Aetna Investment Management in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991. She was Vice President and Head of Investment Transaction Unit of Citibank Private Banking Group, Asia Pacific from 1985 to 1989, and was an Investment Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. from 1981 to 1985.

Amelia has been working full-time for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for the past ten years. She is a Director, Fundraiser and Financial Controller of Siddhartha’s Intent International, Khyentse Rinpoche’s Buddhist charitable society headquartered in Vancouver. She is also a Founder of Khyentse Rinpoche’s Sea to Sky Retreat Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. She organized Rinpoche’s public seminars and is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers for charitable works. She serves on Khyentse Foundation’s Board of Directors and on the investment committee.

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Pema is a citizen of Bhutan where he studied Botany, Zoology and Chemistry at Sherubtse College. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1993. He now resides in Delhi, India, where he oversees many of Khyentse Rinpoche’s activities. He recently took sabbatical to study art conservation at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and furthered his understanding of text conservation at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Pema is a member of the Board of Directors of Khyentse Foundation and serves as country representative for India.

Nisheeta Jagtiani was born and raised in Mumbai. She received a Bachelor of Mass Media degree with a specialization in journalism at the University of Mumbai. Upon graduation, she was awarded a KF scholarship to study Tibetan language at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies in Dharamsala for two years. Nisheeta met Rinpoche in 2004 at the inauguration of Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Chauntra and has been studying with him since 2007. She lived at the shedra in Chauntra for one year (2012-2013) and now lives in Bir, working full time for Khyentse Foundation as Administration Manager for KF India and Secretary to the India Programs Committee.

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Richard Dixey studied for his honours degree in biochemistry at Oxford University, his masters degree in the history and philosophy of science, and his doctorate in biophysics at London University. He was director of the Bioelectronics Research Laboratory at St Bartholemews Hospital in London for 14 years before founding Phytopharm plc, a drug discovery company specializing in developing pharmaceutical products based on traditional medical knowledge. After taking the company public on the London Stock Exchange in 1996, he retired as chief executive in 2006. He is currently a director of the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation, a foundation based in California dedicated to the rebuilding of the Buddha Sasana in India, and he is also an advisor to Khyentse Foundation.

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Originally from Hong Kong, Amelia graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies in 1975. She was also Alpha Mu Gama and a member of the National Collegiate Foreign Languages Honour Society. In 1977, she received her Master of Arts in Oriental Languages from U.C.L.A. and also received the Academic Achievement Award for Graduate Students. In 1979, she completed her course requirements and oral examination for the Ph. D. program in the Department of Archaeology at U.C.L.A., and became a Teaching Fellow in an Exchange Programme with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1991, Amelia was an Assistant Director of Marketing for Aetna Investment Management in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991. She was Vice President and Head of Investment Transaction Unit of Citibank Private Banking Group, Asia Pacific from 1985 to 1989, and was an Investment Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. from 1981 to 1985.

Amelia has been working full-time for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for the past ten years. She is a Director, Fundraiser and Financial Controller of Siddhartha’s Intent International, Khyentse Rinpoche’s Buddhist charitable society headquartered in Vancouver. She is also a Founder of Khyentse Rinpoche’s Sea to Sky Retreat Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. She organized Rinpoche’s public seminars and is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers for charitable works. She serves on Khyentse Foundation’s Board of Directors and on the investment committee.

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Khenpo Choying Dorjee was born a student of Khyentse lineage. He was also a devoted student of the late Khen Rinpoche Kunga Wangchuk. He joined Dzongsar Institute in 1992, when it was still located in Bir. In 1998 he was granted his Shastra Degree in Buddhism, which is the equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree. He received his Archaya title, which is the equivalent to an MA, in 2001. He received his Khenpo title in 2002 and received his Khenpo Degree, which is the equivalent to a PhD in Buddhism, in 2004. He worked as a revision teacher (kyorpon) at the shedra from 1999 to 2000 and continued as a head teacher from 2001 to 2013. In 2010 he was appointed as teacher of Sakya Dungsay Avirkita Rinpoche. He also served as Assistant Principle of the shedra from 2008 to 2012. From 2006 to 2007 he studied English at the British Council in Singapore. In 2011 he was sent to UC Berkeley by Rinpoche, sponsored by KF, as a visiting scholar. Khenpo Choying Dorjee was appointed Head Principle of DKCLI by Rinpoche in 2013. He serves on the KF India Program Committee.

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Nisheeta Jagtiani was born and raised in Mumbai. She received a Bachelor of Mass Media degree with a specialization in journalism at the University of Mumbai. Upon graduation, she was awarded a KF scholarship to study Tibetan language at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies in Dharamsala for two years. Nisheeta met Rinpoche in 2004 at the inauguration of Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Chauntra and has been studying with him since 2007. She lived at the shedra in Chauntra for one year (2012-2013) and now lives in Bir, working full time for Khyentse Foundation as Administration Manager for KF India and Secretary to the India Programs Committee.

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Michael is the founder and chair of Metals Economics Group, a leading strategic consultancy in the worldwide mining business since 1980. He recently stepped down as CEO of Coemergence, an associated knowledge management software company.

Michael is also the founding chair of the Shambhala Institute of Authentic Leadership (now ALIA Institute), a series of leadership development programs attracting people at the forefront of organizational and societal change around the world. His animating passion/lunacy is exploring how the wisdom and compassion pointed to in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions can be developed in the life of the larger society.

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Chantal was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1984. In Australia she trained as a registered nurse and worked in oncology and palliative care in both hospital and community settings. Chantal currently works as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in cancer clinical research for Sydney Cancer Centre in Sydney Australia. She has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s since 1995. For the past two years she has been the Sydney practice and teaching coordinator for Siddartha’s Intent Australia.

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Originally from Hong Kong, Amelia graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies in 1975. She was also Alpha Mu Gama and a member of the National Collegiate Foreign Languages Honour Society. In 1977, she received her Master of Arts in Oriental Languages from U.C.L.A. and also received the Academic Achievement Award for Graduate Students. In 1979, she completed her course requirements and oral examination for the Ph. D. program in the Department of Archaeology at U.C.L.A., and became a Teaching Fellow in an Exchange Programme with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1991, Amelia was an Assistant Director of Marketing for Aetna Investment Management in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991. She was Vice President and Head of Investment Transaction Unit of Citibank Private Banking Group, Asia Pacific from 1985 to 1989, and was an Investment Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. from 1981 to 1985.

Amelia has been working full-time for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for the past ten years. She is a Director, Fundraiser and Financial Controller of Siddhartha’s Intent International, Khyentse Rinpoche’s Buddhist charitable society headquartered in Vancouver. She is also a Founder of Khyentse Rinpoche’s Sea to Sky Retreat Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. She organized Rinpoche’s public seminars and is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers for charitable works. She serves on Khyentse Foundation’s Board of Directors and on the investment committee.

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Lesley is a filmmaker whose work has been broadcast internationally in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Her documentary, Loyalties, was declared one of “The Ten Best Documentaries of 2000″ by the American Film Institute Festival. She is also an experienced children’s writer, and has created several large scale performance films, the most recent won a nomination for Best Performance Film at the International Banff Television Festival and featured Yo Yo Ma. She founded ZIJI Films and Television in 1999 which functions as an executive producer and co-producer on her own projects and others found at www.ZIJI.ca. Ms. Patten graduated from Tufts University in Boston, and is married to Mr. Crane Stookey, a former Bostonian architect, now the director of the Nova Scotia Sea School. Crane and Lesley live in Halifax, Nova Scotia where they moved at the behest of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and are part of a large sangha of Shambhala-Buddhist householder practitioners.

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Anja is an executive coach and counselor to top managers from global companies in energy, industrial equipment, private equity, and many other sectors. She is the owner of bucketrider, a company she founded in 2013 to support senior executives in dealing with the mental, emotional, and psychological challenges of leading in an ever-changing, uncertain, and unpredictable business environment. Before this, she was a consultant and partner with McKinsey & Company, Inc. for 12 years, leading more than 100 projects on strategic and organizational topics with companies around the globe. Anja has more than 20 years of experience as a personal coach and mentor to individuals and to teams, ranging from one-on-one coaching, to small executive team development work, to larger scale work with intra- and cross-organizational teams. She studied history, philosophy, and computer science, and holds an MA and a PhD from Philipps-University Marburg as well as a postdoctorate degree from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Anja met Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2002. Starting that year, she led the teams that translated Rinpoche’s commentaries on Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakavatara and Maitreya’s Uttaratantra into German. She now serves on the Academic Development Committee. Anja lives in Hamburg with her son.

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Doris Wolter studied German literature and comparative religion at Freie Universitat Berlin and fine arts at Hochschule der Künste Berlin. Her first Buddhist teacher was Sogyal Rinpoche, and after graduating in 1983, she worked as national director of Rigpa Germany for 16 years. Her son, Jasper, was born in 1984. Doris served on the board of the German Buddhist Union from 1993 to 2001. In 1992 she coordinated a European Buddhist Union conference—”Unity in Diversity”—in Berlin, and in 1996 she initiated and organized “Dying, Death and Living,” a conference on spiritual care for the dying under the patronage of H.H. the Dalai Lama and Dame Cicely Saunders.

Since 2004 she has coordinated and overseen the development of the study programme “Knowing – Understanding – Experiencing: Buddhist Wisdom in the Diversity of Traditions,” for the German Buddhist Union, inviting speakers from all main Buddhist traditions in the spirit of inter-Buddhist dialog. She also coordinates a website that offers authentic materials on Buddhism for teachers in German schools.

Doris has edited and written for a number of Buddhist publications, and she founded and served as chief editor of the Buddhist magazine Rigpa Rundbrief from 1988 until 2001. Her first book “Losing the Clouds, Gaining the Sky,” a collection of teachings by Buddhist masters, was published in 2007. Under the guidance of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and in cooperation with Roland Walter, she founded the publishing house Manjughosha Edition, whose purpose is to translate Buddhist texts into German and print them on demand. She has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche since 1990 and is the KF country representative for Germany. She also works with the KF scholarship committee.

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Alysia is currently a director of A One Inv. Co. Ltd., a Hong Kong-based stock brokerage company founded in 1973 by her mother, Nancy Koh Akasha Garbha. Alysia received a bachelor of architecture degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and worked as an apprentice for Keyes, Condon, Florance Architects in Washington DC from 1988-1991. She returned to Hong Kong at the end of 1991, and joined Environ Design Co., an interior design company. In 1994, her aspiration to work for her family prompted her to enroll in an MBA program offered by Hull University while working full-time at A One Inv. Co. Ltd. In the same year, Alysia became a student of Khyentse Rinpoche, whom she had met in 1992. She is married and became mother to Padma Yon-lian in May 2003. She is Khyentse Foundation’s country representative for Hong Kong.

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Tessa, a city-dwelling Singaporean, became an aspiring student of Rinpoche after attending his teachings in Hong Kong and Byron Bay. She is a business graduate with hospitality work experience. She enjoys Rinpoche’s teachings, which opened her heart and mind, and became a Khyentse Foundation member as instructed by Rinpoche in 2013.

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Danny, a city-dwelling Singaporean, is an aspiring Dharma practitioner. Having been interested in Buddhist studies since his twenties, he attended Buddhism courses at a local monastery. Danny is a graduate in marketing with engineering and sales fieldwork experience, and became a Khyentse Foundation member as instructed by Rinpoche in 2013.

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Frank is a citizen of Singapore. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and worked for Lucent Technologies as a network integration and deployment engineer for five years. He was a national team player in the Singapore Table Tennis Association in 1995 and 1996 and is currently a professional table tennis coach.

Due to the nature of his work, which required him to go on overseas assignments, Frank was fortunate to meet Rinpoche and receive his teachings on several occasions. In 2002, he took refuge from Rinpoche and has since been continually learning from him.

Esty is Singaporean, working in the media broadcasting industry with Viacom International Media Networks as Operations Coordinator. She became interested in Buddhism in 2005 and has been studying with Rinpoche since 2006. She has been volunteering as one of the Khyentse Foundation country representatives for Singapore since 2013.

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After serving for many years as president of Siddhartha’s Intent Taiwan, Chou Su-ching became Khyentse Foundation’s Taiwan representative in 2009. Along with her many duties, Su-ching coordinates the all-important work of translating the KF Communiqués, annual reports, and other communications into Chinese, forming a major bridge in our contact with Chinese-speaking communities worldwide. She is a long-time student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

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Kris Yao (姚仁喜) is one of Taiwan’s most outstanding architects. Recognized for his distinctive creative flair, he has produced many award-winning architectural designs and received both local and international acclaim. Kris began to broaden his knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism upon entering the fourth decade of his life. Since then, the religion has had a profound impact on both his life and his concept of architectural design. “I’ve slowly come to realize the possibility of merging artistic creativity with spiritual practice. Actually, it is almost imperative that these two elements be combined.” Kris is a member of the KF board of directors and the Endowed Chair in Buddhist Studies working group.

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Penelope was born in New York City where she became a fashion model at the age of sixteen. She moved to London soon after and went on to travel extensively. She eventually moved to Australia where she lived for 17 years, raising her two children. She has worked at various times as a childbirth educator, a television researcher, and a freelance writer. Inspired by a chance meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1991, Penelope began working on the staff of the Australia Tibet Council. She also served on the board of ARK Australia. Penelope met Khyentse Rinpoche in the early Nineties. She now lives in London. She serves on the board of Lotus Outreach and is Khyentse Foundation’s representative in the United Kingdom.

Linda has worked in import/export for the past 20 years. She is currently logistics manager at a firm in New York City. She also studies Hindustani vocals and is an avid film buff. Linda has been studying with Khyentse Rinpoche since 1996. She is on the board of directors for Siddhartha’s Intent Western Door, and was a member of the Translators Conference organizing team.

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John Solomon is a film, animation, branding, talent, theme park, and internet consultant. His clients have included Disney, Warner Brothers TV Animation, Power of Entertainment, 6 Point Harness Animation Studios, Media Eagles, Ghostbot Animation, The Vault, and Big Stage. John began his career working in feature films for Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, followed by Scott Rudin and Freddie Fields Productions, and later Witt-Thomas Films, where he associate produced the films Mixed Nuts and Final Analysis. In 1992 John began a 15-year stint at the Walt Disney Company, as a VP of filmed entertainment at Imagineering and as head of Disney Television Animation’s Shorts Lab. He then shifted to the arena of social justice, producing a campaign for human rights in Burma, followed by a political campaign for Dan Adler for Congress. John was a consultant for Rinpoche’s film Vara: A Blessing. As an avid contemporary art collector, John’s eclectic taste ranges from William Wegman to Andy Warhol to Christo to Claes Oldenberg. Recently, John restored Richard Neutra’s Taylor House, a modernist gem in the hills above Los Angeles. He was a founding board member of the Pasadena Museum of California Art and currently serves as a board member of Khyentse Foundation.

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Marco is a Certified Public Accountant currently working as an Accounting Supervisor at Great Western Chemical in Portland, Oregon, the largest privately held chemical distribution company in the US. Prior to this, Marco was an Accounting Supervisor with Silver Eagle Company in Portland for 5 years.

From 1985 to 1994 Marco was with Logan & Associates, Ltd, a CPA firm in Highland Park, Illinois. While employed at Logan, he became a CPA and was in charge of training other CPAs, installing and supporting accounting software, in addition to performing all the other functions of a CPA. From 1981 to 1985, Marco was initially the Business Manager and then the Comptroller at Karme-Choling in Barnet, Vermont, a Buddhist meditation centre started by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is a part of Shambhala International.

Marco graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Marco became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and attended the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary. He became a student of H. H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1976 and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1987. Marco is on Khyentse Foundation’s Treasurer. He serves on the Investment Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Shelley has provided accounting support for Khyentse Foundation since 2011. Shelley currently works as an Administrative Assistant for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.

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Lynn grew up in the San Francisco bay area and currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. In 2001 Lynn received a Masters Degree in Asian and Comparative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition to her administrative position with the foundation, she has been a professional Massage Therapist for more than 15 years. Lynn has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche since 2004.

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Simmy Makhijani is Co-Founder/Senior Advisor of United Roots, an Oakland, California based nonprofit that provides a safety net through arts, media, environmental awareness, leadership and workforce development programs for marginalized youth. She also works with the Mind Body Awareness Project and Bay Area Solidarity Summer. Simmy has been a longtime advocate for violence prevention, primarily in local South Asian diaspora communities, most notably providing domestic violence intervention at Narika and the Asian Women’s Shelter, and working with the Art in Action Youth Leadership Camp. Simmy is currently completing her PhD dissertation in Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Her previous degrees include an MA in Asian and Comparative Studies and a BA in (Music) Journalism. Simmy provides administrative support to Khyentse Foundation.

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Pat has a degree in anthropology from the University of British Columbia as well as a diploma in rehabilitation services. For over 20 years she has managed the office of a forensic psychology practice. In addition, for the past several years she has worked and carried out research at the Vancouver Archives, where her focus is on vintage photographic collections. As one of the Beneficiary Coordinators for Khyentse Foundation, Pat finds her role both interesting and rewarding.

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Irene Suyin Lee is one of the beneficiary coordinators, and is responsible for the administration of Khyentse Foundation scholarships and grants after the selection process has been completed. She is the primary liaison between grant recipients and the organization. She has recently retired from her private psychotherapy practice, and she brings to this position her experience as a professional in nursing, psychological counseling, and group training and development. She and her husband, Doug Rickson, founded Rigpa Canada in 1998, before becoming students of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Suyin and Doug did several months volunteer service at Sangdak Gaypaling Monastery in eastern Bhutan in both 2004 and 2006. She also acts as a co-coordinator for Rinpoche’s teaching events in Vancouver, Canada.

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Noa Jones is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction. She was a Hertog Fellow and graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has written about everything from hula hoops to holy men for a number of newspapers and magazines and is the editor of several books. In the past, she has worked in non-profit development, event coordination and corporate communications. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to working full-time for Khyentse Rinpoche, Noa is Khyentse Foundation’s Communications Director.

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Jesse grew up in Vermont, but has been living on the West Coast since 1998. She graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor’s degree in fine art. Jesse currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. She has worked as an assistant film editor and visual effects editor on films such as “Milarepa” by Neten Chokling Rinpoche, “Standard Operating Procedure” by Errol Morris, “Shine A Light” and “Shutter Island” both by Martin Scorsese, and “Real Steel” starring Hugh Jackman. Jesse currently works as an Accounting Associate for Mark Halpert, CPA + Associates, doing monthly accounting for six non-profit organizations.

Jesse is the communications manager for Khyentse Foundation, and she and her husband, Isaiah Seret, also produce the foundation’s videos. She is the editor of Rinpoche’s “Gross National Happiness Officer” film series.

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Jessie was managing editor of a publishing company before being captured by Silicon Valley in the early days. Since 1984 she has been a technical writer and editor. She first attended teachings with Rinpoche in 1991, and has been managing editor of Khyentse Foundation publications since 2004.

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Laura grew up in Middlebury, Vermont and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree is Studio Art. She was the director of a small contemporary art gallery in New York City for two years before leaving the art world to pursue other interests. She now lives in Washington, DC and works at the Democratic National Committee. She has been volunteering with Khyentse Foundation since she met Rinpoche in 2004. She is on the communications team and is also in charge of donor relations.

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Beginning in the mid 1970’s Jakob Leschly studied and practised under the guidance of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse, as well as His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Chakdud Tulku Rinpoche, Tulku Pema Wanggyal, and other masters of the Nyingma tradition. Jakob began his studies with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1977, and has served him in several capacities since the early 90’s. Jakob is Editor of Khyentse Foundation materials.

Alix Sharkey is a writer. He lives in Los Angeles where he divides his time between writing, avoiding writing, practicing yoga, and sometimes teaching writing and English grammar. He is obsessive about his football team, Tottenham Hotspur, and fascinated by dark energy.

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Alex is an executive coach and life coach to senior business executives (including two CEOs of Fortune 500 companies) as well as movie stars and rock musicians. He also serves the global Performance Leadership practice at McKinsey & Company, helping the world’s leading companies build performance cultures that are aligned with their strategic objectives, and coaching executives and managers through personal transformations that support business goals and also bring greater meaning and purpose to their lives. He is currently serving clients on four continents. Alex was formerly a Professor of Business Administration in London and Copenhagen, teaching leadership on MBA programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Organizational Behaviour from London University and an M.A. in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University. He has been awarded a Natwest Fellowship to the London Business School and a Fulbright Fellowship to the Harvard Business School. Alex has transcribed and edited Khyentse Rinpoche’s Madhyamakavatara teachings given in France from 1996-2000, and organized them into Khyentse Foundation’s first publication, the Madhyamakavatara Commentary. He is now editing Rinpoche’s cycle of Uttaratantra teachings. Alex serves as a teaching assistant to Khyentse Rinpoche, and he is a Khyentse Foundation Fellow.

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Laura grew up in Middlebury, Vermont and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree is Studio Art. She was the director of a small contemporary art gallery in New York City for two years before leaving the art world to pursue other interests. She now lives in Washington, DC and works at the Democratic National Committee. She has been volunteering with Khyentse Foundation since she met Rinpoche in 2004. She is on the communications team and is also in charge of donor relations.

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After serving for many years as president of Siddhartha’s Intent Taiwan, Chou Su-ching became Khyentse Foundation’s Taiwan representative in 2009. Along with her many duties, Su-ching coordinates the all-important work of translating the KF Communiqués, annual reports, and other communications into Chinese, forming a major bridge in our contact with Chinese-speaking communities worldwide. She is a long-time student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

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Florence runs her own apparel export business based in Hong Kong. Originally from Malaysia, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles and went on for her MBA at UCLA. She is a member of Pi Beta Kappa, and Beta Gamma Mu. Born into a Mahayana Buddhist family, Florence has been a Vajrayana practitioner since becoming a disciple of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1990. She is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Michael is the founder and chair of Metals Economics Group, a leading strategic consultancy in the worldwide mining business since 1980. He recently stepped down as CEO of Coemergence, an associated knowledge management software company.

Michael is also the founding chair of the Shambhala Institute of Authentic Leadership (now ALIA Institute), a series of leadership development programs attracting people at the forefront of organizational and societal change around the world. His animating passion/lunacy is exploring how the wisdom and compassion pointed to in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions can be developed in the life of the larger society.

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John Solomon is a film, animation, branding, talent, theme park, and internet consultant. His clients have included Disney, Warner Brothers TV Animation, Power of Entertainment, 6 Point Harness Animation Studios, Media Eagles, Ghostbot Animation, The Vault, and Big Stage. John began his career working in feature films for Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, followed by Scott Rudin and Freddie Fields Productions, and later Witt-Thomas Films, where he associate produced the films Mixed Nuts and Final Analysis. In 1992 John began a 15-year stint at the Walt Disney Company, as a VP of filmed entertainment at Imagineering and as head of Disney Television Animation’s Shorts Lab. He then shifted to the arena of social justice, producing a campaign for human rights in Burma, followed by a political campaign for Dan Adler for Congress. John was a consultant for Rinpoche’s film Vara: A Blessing. As an avid contemporary art collector, John’s eclectic taste ranges from William Wegman to Andy Warhol to Christo to Claes Oldenberg. Recently, John restored Richard Neutra’s Taylor House, a modernist gem in the hills above Los Angeles. He was a founding board member of the Pasadena Museum of California Art and currently serves as a board member of Khyentse Foundation.

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Dave has been managing large-scale mission-critical infrastructure and teams for 17 years. He is the VP of Engineering at Next Big Sound. He was previously the head of infrastructure at Knewton, and had managed UNIX Engineering at D.E. Shaw & Co. and enterprise monitoring tools at Morgan Stanley. He also ran an infrastructure architecture consultancy for seven years. Dave is Chief Technology Officer for Siddhartha’s Intent and Khyentse Foundation.

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Isaiah holds a Masters Degree in Asian and comparative studies with an emphasis on Indo-Tibetan language and philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 1999, he co-founded the Mind Body Awareness Project, an organization that teaches mindfulness skills to at-risk youth. In 2002 he worked on Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s film Travellers & Magicians as the assistant director and went on to associate produce Neten Chokling Rinpoche’s film Milarepa (2003). Isaiah currently works as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, directing commercials, music videos, and short films, and serves as the program development director and member of the board of directors of Khyentse Foundation.

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Cangioli started her career in public relations and publications with a non-profit organization in Hong Kong. She went on to set up her own company in the 1980s organizing international conferences and exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region.  Cangioli moved to San Francisco in 1988.  She became a student of Khyentse Rinpoche in 1994 and was the Treasurer of Siddhartha’s Intent Western Door (SIWD) from 1996 to 2001.  She was a founding director of  Khyentse Foundation and has been serving as Executive Director since its inception in 2001. Cangioli graduated with honors from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.

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Sydney Jay, a student of Rinpoche’s since 1998, is the co-director of Khyentse Foundation’s Leadership Training Program for Khenpos and Tulkus and the research director of KF’s Academic Development Committee. An expert in the field of business psychology and communication, Sydney came to the business world after fifteen years as a practicing psychotherapist and several years of project leadership, consulting, and training in the public and non-profit sectors. She and her husband Chris completed a three-year retreat at Vajradhara Gonpa in Australia and now live in California.

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Greg has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s since 1999. While living in Vietnam working as a manager for European investment projects, he began to learn meditation in Burma and has since practiced under the guidance of Rinpoche. Greg is a Dharma instructor for Rinpoche’s Dharmadas training program. He has also been translating sutras for the 84000 project for the past two years. Greg, a father of two teenagers, currently lives in Austria where he is completing his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Vienna. He specializes in Sanskrit and Tibetan philosophical traditions and has been lecturing on Buddhism and academic methods for the past three years. Greg is an advisor to the KF Investment Committee and serves on the Academic Development Committee.

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Steven Goodman, PhD, is a core faculty member and co-director of the Asian and Comparative Studies program in the Philosophy and Religion Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco), where he teaches Buddhism and comparative philosophy. A former Rockefeller fellow and visiting professor in religious studies at Rice University, he has taught and lectured widely on Buddhism, meditation, and Western psychology for the past 25 years. He is the co-editor of Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation and a contributor to Mindfulness and Meaningful Work and Frogs in the Custard, a book on Buddhist psychology soon to be published by Snow Lion. Steven is a member of the KF Grants Review Committee, the Program Advisory Committee, and the Endowed Chair in Buddhist Studies working group, and was on the Program Advisory Committee for the Translators Conference.

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Anja is an executive coach and counselor to top managers from global companies in energy, industrial equipment, private equity, and many other sectors. She is the owner of bucketrider, a company she founded in 2013 to support senior executives in dealing with the mental, emotional, and psychological challenges of leading in an ever-changing, uncertain, and unpredictable business environment. Before this, she was a consultant and partner with McKinsey & Company, Inc. for 12 years, leading more than 100 projects on strategic and organizational topics with companies around the globe. Anja has more than 20 years of experience as a personal coach and mentor to individuals and to teams, ranging from one-on-one coaching, to small executive team development work, to larger scale work with intra- and cross-organizational teams. She studied history, philosophy, and computer science, and holds an MA and a PhD from Philipps-University Marburg as well as a postdoctorate degree from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Anja met Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2002. Starting that year, she led the teams that translated Rinpoche’s commentaries on Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakavatara and Maitreya’s Uttaratantra into German. She now serves on the Academic Development Committee. Anja lives in Hamburg with her son.

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Isaiah holds a Masters Degree in Asian and comparative studies with an emphasis on Indo-Tibetan language and philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 1999, he co-founded the Mind Body Awareness Project, an organization that teaches mindfulness skills to at-risk youth. In 2002 he worked on Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s film Travellers & Magicians as the assistant director and went on to associate produce Neten Chokling Rinpoche’s film Milarepa (2003). Isaiah currently works as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, directing commercials, music videos, and short films, and serves as the program development director and member of the board of directors of Khyentse Foundation.

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Florence runs her own apparel export business based in Hong Kong. Originally from Malaysia, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles and went on for her MBA at UCLA. She is a member of Pi Beta Kappa, and Beta Gamma Mu. Born into a Mahayana Buddhist family, Florence has been a Vajrayana practitioner since becoming a disciple of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 1990. She is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Originally from Hong Kong, Amelia graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies in 1975. She was also Alpha Mu Gama and a member of the National Collegiate Foreign Languages Honour Society. In 1977, she received her Master of Arts in Oriental Languages from U.C.L.A. and also received the Academic Achievement Award for Graduate Students. In 1979, she completed her course requirements and oral examination for the Ph. D. program in the Department of Archaeology at U.C.L.A., and became a Teaching Fellow in an Exchange Programme with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1991, Amelia was an Assistant Director of Marketing for Aetna Investment Management in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991. She was Vice President and Head of Investment Transaction Unit of Citibank Private Banking Group, Asia Pacific from 1985 to 1989, and was an Investment Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. from 1981 to 1985.

Amelia has been working full-time for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for the past ten years. She is a Director, Fundraiser and Financial Controller of Siddhartha’s Intent International, Khyentse Rinpoche’s Buddhist charitable society headquartered in Vancouver. She is also a Founder of Khyentse Rinpoche’s Sea to Sky Retreat Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. She organized Rinpoche’s public seminars and is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers for charitable works. She serves on Khyentse Foundation’s Board of Directors and on the investment committee.

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Jennifer Yo was born in Taiwan to a Chinese Buddhist family. She did her bachelor and master degrees in Taiwan and Ireland. After graduation, she taught Chinese language and linguistics in universities in America and Ireland. She translated Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Anger into Chinese. Jennifer met Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2006 and worked as administrator at the Deer Park Institute, India, from 2006 to 2011. Since 2011, she has been teaching English in private schools in Taiwan and continuing her service in Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s dharma activities in Taiwan. Currently she is working for Khyentse Foundation as project manager for the cross translation projects between Chinese and Tibetan.

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Sydney Jay, a student of Rinpoche’s since 1998, is the co-director of Khyentse Foundation’s Leadership Training Program for Khenpos and Tulkus and the research director of KF’s Academic Development Committee. An expert in the field of business psychology and communication, Sydney came to the business world after fifteen years as a practicing psychotherapist and several years of project leadership, consulting, and training in the public and non-profit sectors. She and her husband Chris completed a three-year retreat at Vajradhara Gonpa in Australia and now live in California.

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Ivy has over 20 years experience in international business and human resources management. Her professional background includes executive roles in the fields of high technology, biotechnology, strategic design consulting and finance. She has worked for global industry leaders such as Genentech, AIG, Madge Networks and Landor Associates. Ivy is founder and President of Visionlinc, a company dedicated to linking vision, people and strategies. She holds a BA degree from College of Notre Dame. She has been featured in Fortune magazine and CNBC in their special career series and is currently a member of the board of trustees of The World Affairs Council. Ivy has been studying with Khyentse Rinpoche for several years and is Strategic Planning Consultant for Khyentse Foundation.

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Alex Halpern is an attorney in Boulder, Colorado, specializing in the representation of nonprofit organizations and particularly Buddhist religious groups. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (1970) and the University of Denver College of Law (1976). He has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1972 and is an active member of the Shambhala community. Alex provides legal services to Khyentse Foundation.

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