Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche inherited the legacy of Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lödro, including the Dzongsar Institutes. He has carried on the traditions through supporting and expanding the institutes while also creating retreat centers new organizations and programmes, sponsoring publications and more. These activities form the growing Khyentse Mandala (PDF) and you can find links for each at Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s official internet portal Khyentse.org. Following are brief descriptions of eleven branches of this tree.
Dzongsar Khamje College
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chökyi Lödro includes studies of the Buddhist scriptures such as the tripitaka, the shastras, the tantras, and the sciences of poetry, astrology and medicine. At present, the institute has over 250 students.
Dzongsar Chökyi Lödro College of Dialectics
Under the guidance and support of its principal, the venerable Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk, CLCD relocated from Bir to Chauntra, Himachal Pradesh, India in 2004. The impressive three-storey structure has eleven large classrooms, a library, a computer and reading rooms, and a temple whose main hall can accommodate more than 4,000 people. The Institute now ahs a faculty of highly-trained khenpos and 500 students in an intensive nine-year graduate programme. Each year the students undertake the study of two major texts or commentaries, together with other subjects such as logic, grammar, monastic discipline and poetry.
Chökyi Gyatso Institute
Chökyi Gyatso Institute in Dewatang, Bhutan is a Nyingma monastery that practices the traditions of Khyentse Wangpo and Lödro Sangdue, Pema Tsie Nyingtik, Vimaladrup, and Phamo Nyingtik.
Sangdhak Gaypailing Dharma Centre
Sangdhak Gaypailing Dharma Centre in Bartsham Drubdra Bhutan is a center for Dudjom Tersar practice that also houses a college. The Centre has about 140 gomchens, a tradition of lay meditation practitioners particular to eastern Bhutan. About 60 young students attend regular classes on rituals and Buddhist practices. Of about eighty senior practitioners, some are doing retreats of varying duration, from six months to twelve years. Others render their religious services to the public at large. Bartsham also includes a nunnery.
Tiger’s Tail Retreat Centre
Tiger’s Tail Retreat Center in Satsham Chorten, Paro, Bhutan is a three-year retreat centre in the pine forests just opposite Taksang Monastery.
Siddhartha’s Intent (SI) is an international collective of Buddhist centers that began in Australia in 1986 with the formation of Siddhartha’s Intent Southern Door. SI has since expanded with centers in the United States (SI Western Door), India, Canada (SI International), Germany (SI Germany), Hong Kong (SI Hong Kong), and Taipei. All are officially registered in their respective countries as churches, societies, or charities founded with the sole intention of preserving and fostering the Buddhadharma. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche defined Siddhartha’s Intent as a “monastery without walls.” All of the centers organize teachings and seminars, and wish to create a suitable environment in which the teachings of the Buddhadharma may flourish. Each independent SI organization strives to fulfill Rinpoche’s intentions in unique way: SI International produces and distributes recorded teachings and provides support for Sea-to-Sky Retreat Center; SI India houses White Lotus Charitable Trust, Yashodhara Publications (a publisher of Tibetan texts) and Yana Tours (a coordinator of pilgrimages throughout Asia) and is the primary hub of the international Peace Vase Project; SI Southern Door supports Vajradhara Gompa, publishes the Gentle Voice newsletter and is affiliated with Buddha Down Under, a newly-formed Buddhist group in New Zealand; SI Taipei coordinates Khyentse Rinpoche’s teachings in Taiwan and maintains a practice center for the sangha. The SI organizations are bound together by the intention to preserve the Buddhist teachings; the achievement of this aim will increase the awareness and understanding of Buddhist principles, surpassing the limits of cultures and traditions.www.siddharthasintent.org
Vajradhara Gonpa is a secluded mountain retreat on 800 acres of natural bushland in NSW, Australia. It can accommodate programs of up to 100 participants, and will soon accommodate traditional three year retreats.
Sea to Sky Retreat Center
Sea to Sky Retreat Center is located on a secluded 40 acre site of extraordinary natural beauty in British Columbia’s coastal mountain range. The Centre has complete facilities for hosting group retreat programs and individual retreats.
Peace Vase Project
In 1991, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche agreed to take responsibility for the peace vase project initiated by H.H Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Treasure vases or terbum are containers filled with medicines, precious substances and mantra that have traditionally been used by Tibetans to protect important places against misfortune and to promote positive, healing energies. His Holiness oversaw the creation of 6,200 such vases and applied traditional criteria, including Tibetan Buddhist Astrology, to select specific places on Earth where she were to be placed. With the sincere wish to restore peace and harmony in the world, vases will be placed in the major oceans, lakes and rivers, holy places, places of war, strife and ecologically degraded or endangered natural sites. Through individuals and coordinators around the globe approximately 4,000 vases have already been distributed on every continent, even Antarctica. The remaining vases await transfer to their destined locations. www.siddharthasintent.org/peace/
Khyentse Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2001 to establish a system of patronage that supports institutions and individuals engaged in the study and practice of Buddha’s vision of wisdom and compassion. Rinpoche prioritised the Foundation’s five key projects: the Endowment for Monastic Education; the Publication Fund; the Scholarship Fund; Buddhist schools for children and an endowed chair of Buddhist Studies in a major university. Khyentse Foundation is the central channel for financial contributions to support Khyentse Rinpoche’s activities worldwide with representatives in Asia, the Americas, Australia, and Europe.www.khyentsefoundation.org
Lotus Outreach is a secular, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the education, healthcare and safety of vulnerable children. We work in some of the most troubled and poverty-stricken parts of the world to protect children and help them build self-reliant and dignified lives. Founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Lotus Outreach organizations are now incorporated in the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Hong Kong. www.lotusoutreach.org
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