In an unbroken succession from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha to the present day, countless great beings have attained enlightenment and dedicated themselves to teaching this path to others. Because monasteries and shedras produce most of the teachers who preserve Buddhism as a living tradition, Khyentse Foundation supports a stable monastic environment with a strong emphasis on higher philosophical studies and long-term retreat. Presently, more than 2,000 monks, nuns, and lay students rely on the Foundation’s endowment fund for their basic needs, including food, robes, texts, health care, and tuition.
The five monastic colleges under Rinpoche’s patronage are:
- Dzongsar Monastery/Dzongsar Khamje Shedra, Sichuan, China.
- Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute, Chauntra, Himachal Pradesh, India
- Gyalshing Retreat Center, Sikkim, India
- Chökyi Gyamtso Institute for the Study of Buddhist Philosophy, Dewathang, Bhutan
- Bartsham Dharma Center, Bartsham Drubdra, Bhutan
In accordance with Rinpoche’s wishes, the Dzongsar Institutes maintain traditional academic excellence while expanding their curricula through innovation. Guest lecturers teach the monks about the global economy, western history, and philosophy, and the Foundation now supports language programs, computer courses, and management and leadership programs, with the objective of producing computer-literate Buddhist teacher-scholars who are fluent in both English and Chinese. Exchange programs with select western universities help khenpos to become familiar with western culture. In addition, new bookkeeping practices in the Institutes ensure that all KF funds are properly managed and accounted for.