Deepak Thakur’s main role, as an independent consultant, is to work closely with Prashant Varma of Siddhartha’s Intent Society India (SISI), Uma Pitta of Khyentse Foundation India (KF), Pema Wangchuk in New Delhi, Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute (DKCLI), and any other work that Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche may assign to him. He is involved in advising and documentation for projects such as Rinpoche’s trust for property in Bir, for SISI, and Deer Park Institute. He has also interfaced with local government regarding land use, and was deeply involved in Kanishka School documentation and the selection of their principal.
Born in a village in H.P. in 1955, Depak studied in Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, from 1964 to 1973. He graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology from Hindu College, University of Delhi, in 1977 and earned an LL.B. degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, in 1980. He continued in his litigation practice as well, serving an array of international clients, and became a private litigator in 2002. He has served as secretary to a number of Rinpoches, and acted in an advisory capacity for others. While continuing to assist with the formation of trust and associations for many Rinpoches, including Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche III, Kalu Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, and HH Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, he continues to address cases in the High Courts in Delhi and Shimla, H.P.
I met Rinpoche in Delhi in early 2004. In 2009-2011, Raji Ramanan and I helped to run a meditation centre for Rinpoche. I also assisted Raji in hosting a programme called “What the Panditas and Yogis of India Brought from/ Took to Tibet” in 2009. The speakers included Steven Goodman, John Dunne, Jake Dalton, and Gene Smith.
Meanwhile, I continued to assist in various legal matters relating to rights for Rinpoche’s writing and films.