“We are trying to present 2,500-year-old values to the 21st century.” ––Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

From March 17 to 22, Khyentse Foundation sponsored the 2018 KF Excellence in Leadership and Management Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and more than other 40 rinpoches, tulkus, khenpos, lamas, and nuns from all over Nepal attended the workshop, which was facilitated by Anders Ferguson, Carole Henmi, James Hopkins, Janet Logothetti, Christina Monson, and Sandra Van Nispen. All of the facilitators generously donated their time and energy to help equip the monastic leaders with modern leadership and management skills. Through engaging and interactive activities, the participants were guided to develop a deeper sense of self-insight, to gain self-awareness about work preferences, and to envision clear and achievable aims for the future.

According to James Hopkins, one of the workshop facilitators, “During these 6-day workshops, monastic leaders learn how to break down the complex real-life problems that face their monasteries and to find solutions through improved communication, more effective teamwork, delegation, prioritization, and problem-solving. Whether it’s been helping to define a missions statement or balancing an egg on a paper bridge as a teamwork exercise, after 20 years of receiving teachings from Tibetan lamas, it’s been totally fun and eye-opening for me to work with them in a completely different context.”