The last few months have been filled with celebrations, parties, and distinguished gatherings overflowing with blessings, cupcakes, surprises, prestigious awards, long-term commitments, tough decisions, and some heart-felt thank-yous.
This issue is packed with new videos, along with reports on Khyentse Foundation’s Tenth Anniversary celebration, which coincided with Rinpoche's 50th birthday party, the board meeting of the decade, and our new and ambitious five-year plan.
What we learned: That we're doing good things and that it feels good to be a part of this inspiring activity.
Masthead photo bar: Our Logo, the Ashoka Lion; Rinpoche teaching (Corey Kohn); SSRC maple leaves (Pawo Choying Dorji); Malavika Santhosh dancing at the KF anniversary event in Vancouver (John Solomon); Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche at the KF board meeting (Pawo Choying Dorji); participants at the 10th annual board meeting; David and Nanette at the KF anniversary celebration (John Solomon).
- The complete KF Celebration from beginning to end, in two parts
- Two special birthday tributes to Rinpoche
- An overview of Rinpoche's monasteries
- Siddhartha's Intent
THE WORDS OF OUR GURU:
Excerpts from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s address to the KF Board Meeting, June 2011, Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, Canada
“If we look at the Buddhist sutras and shastras, the actual structure of temples and churches has never really been a big deal. But as human beings, we can’t function without structures. Even during the Buddha’s time, there was the structure of the Buddha and his followers, as well as the great patrons who played a very important role.
"As times have changed, we now have to look at different ways of supporting those who wish to study and practice the Buddhadharma.
"Khyentse Foundation was established with all the new developments and current issues of our age in mind, to act as a vehicle, a platform (the traditional term is 'patron') to support the ongoing, living wisdom tradition of the Buddha.”
Sook Kyung Yi sent us this photo. If you have art or photography that you would like to submit for use in future Communiqués, please send it to us.
- For the Ten Year Anniversary celebration, KF helped SI produce a spirited new video featuring SI volunteers and generally explaining how SI is a "monastery without walls."
SAMDRUP JONGKHAR INITIATIVE
Developing Secular Education for the Monastic Community and Beyond
Curricula for monastics are being developed for a pilot project to be implemented in 2013 at Rinpoche's monastery in Dewathang. Please contact SJI or visit the SJI website for more information.
DEER PARK INSTITUTE
A report from Pia Lindstrom
Deer Park Institute hosted a Zero Waste Himalaya Workshop for religious institutions of the Kangra District on the 8th of August 2011. The day-long workshop included presentations by representatives of the Himachal government, local NGOs, and religious institutions.
One of the primary environmental problems threatening the State of Himachal Pradesh today is the fact that we have no proper waste management systems in place, and as a result the problems relating to garbage are only escalating. It is therefore crucial that we work together to create awareness on this issue and make Zero Waste a way of life.
In our cultural context, religious institutions are examples to the communities that come to worship with them. By conducting this workshop, we hope that these religious institutions (temples, monasteries, gurudwaras, mosques, and churches) will adopt the Zero Waste approach on their campuses and inspire their communities to do so as well, thereby promoting our collective vision of ultimately achieving a Zero Waste Himalaya.
To learn about 20 promising young IT college graduates in Cambodia, see the results of our fundraising gala in Vancouver, and meet women who are determined to escape the sex industry: Read More. And watch the new Lotus Outreach video that premiered at the Khyentse Foundation anniversary celebration.
A management course is being developed for the monks at Chökyi Gyatso Institute. Consultants from McKinsey Consulting have been volunteerign their services to develope a curriculum that will help the monks understand how the modern world functions.
Rinpoche recently spoke about teaching the teachers:
"I’m sure we don’t have to worry about many of the younger generation of Buddhist leaders from different lineages. Each lineage has very good facilities when it comes to dharma training. But if they are to face the world, they need to see the world, they need to really understand how the world works. And so far, there are no facilities that offer such training.
"I wish that we, Khyentse Foundation, could offer some kind of assistance to emerging young leaders like the 17th Karmapa. Also to some of the Sakyapa Dungseys, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Yangsi, Dudjom Rinpoche Yangsi, and many of the younger generation. I wish to bring some of these younger lamas to institutions like Stanford University for just 20 days and offer them a crash course in leadership. I’m sure their bodhicitta and compassion and wisdom leadership are very good, but they also need to understand how to lead in the modern world.
"I also wish that many of these rinpoches will go to China and be exposed to some of the Chinese academic institutions like Peking University. They could have a crash course in how the Chinese think. These are just a few ways I see that Khyentse Foundation can help to shape the future of Buddhism."
An Elegant Thank You
Khyentse Foundation donors received a beautiful surprise at the recent events in Vancouver. Each donor was given a hand-tooled silver locket with the Sanskrit character dhih (the seed syllable of Manjushri) on the front and an inscription from Khyentse Foundation on the back. Inside each gao is a small precious piece of a scarf that was worn by Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.
The idea for the pendant was Rinpoche's, but it was patron Jen Xiang of Taiwan who took the idea and made it a reality that exceeded everyone’s expectations. Khyentse Foundation has a policy of no aggressive fundraising, no mailings—and not a lot of thank-you cards or trinkets. But we thought that after ten years it was time to show how very deeply we appreciate the generosity of all our donors. If you are a donor and have not yet received your pendant, please be patient. We are distributing to each one of you through our network of country representatives. You may contact your country rep to inquire.
We've seen it happen many times. When people take the time to sit down and understand the whole story about Khyentse Foundation and the matching funds program, a light goes on in their eyes. Suddenly they see the enormity of these activities, the necessity, the long-term possibilities, and the great merit in being a patron.
Thirteen people signed up to join the matching funds program in June. Rinpoche asked how many of his students are donors and was surprised to hear that the number is less than half. He told us that sometimes people come to him with contributions and ask him which of his organizations they contribute to. "It's like asking a parent which child is the most favorite," he said. "They must decide themselves. But if they wish to give for pujas and such, give to Siddhartha's Intent. If they wish to support something that has nothing to do with the dharma, give to Lotus Outreach. If they want to give to something that has to do with my own personal activities, then give to Khyentse Foundation." The Foundation really is about fulfilling Rinpoche's vision and it's up to his students and those who feel connected to him to support this work. We do not go outside the sangha to raise funds.
Rinpoche studying the meeting materials at Sea to Sky, June 2011. Photo by John Solomon.
A Letter from a Donor
Over the years, I have worked peripherally with Khyentse Foundation and have read the Communiqués and bulletins, so I thought I had a reasonable idea of the way the Foundation functions.
However, at the 10th anniversary presentation in Vancouver I really began to understand the vastness of Rinpoche's activities through KF. During the past year, KF offered more than $100,000 in scholarships to close to 100 individuals and institions worldwide. They provided more than $500,000 of support for nearly 1,600 monks. They committed $2 million to support the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center Digital Library. Deer Park Institute grew in part through support from Khyentse Foundation. And so on...
In the past, the impressive scale of these figures almost acted as a disincentive to me to donate; I felt that whatever tiny amount I could afford to give would be too insignificant to really count. So the mind works!
But when I was reminded to take a good look at the matching funds program, I realized that just $10 each month, when doubled, becomes $240 a year, which is enough to sustain a student in the monastery for a year.
I was so inspired by hearing that just a tiny donation can go so far and that I could make such a difference. I became one of Khyentse Foundation donors, joining people from more than 50 countries. I instantly felt more connected to the meritorious activity of the Foundation.
And how did I choose the amount to give? It was simple. As a therapist, I decided to donate the income from one session of my work monthly.
If you would like to share your matching funds story, please send it to us. We love to hear what inspired you to join and how it makes you feel to be part of the KF ocean of activity.
Join the Matching Funds Program today and every dollar you donate will be matched and doubled.
Guests and board members celebrating with Rinpoche at the closing of the board meeting retreat, June, 2011.
The next issue of the Communiqué will be sent in October, 2011.
Rinpoche to Open INEB Conference on the Future of Buddhism
INEB, the International Network of Engaged Buddhism, is hosting a conference on “The Future of Buddhism: From Personal Awakening to Global Transformation.” Co-organizers of the conference, which will be held in Bodhgaya, India, October 26-29, 2011, include Deer Park Institute, YBS India, and Jambudvipa Trust. Khyentse Foundation is also a sponsor. Rinpoche will deliver the keynote address on October 26 and will also lead dialogs and discussions on that day. For much more information and to register, go to www.inebnetwork.org/poster-2011-conference.
No teachings are on the schedule for the remainder of 2011.
Rinpoche is currently working on a new film project. Details to come!
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Khyentse Foundation’s logo is Ashoka’s lion. King Ashoka reigned during the Mauryan Empire (3rd century B.C.), one of Buddhism’s golden eras. His trademark was the pillars inscribed with Buddhist teachings that he erected throughout his kingdom.
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The Wild and True Story of Khyentse Foundation
Recalling the events that sparked Khyentse Foundation into being
As a young boy, having been recognized as the tulku of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche inherited responsibility for Dzongsar monastery and for its associated lineages. Rinpoche’s teachers and tutors invested everything they had to give him what he needed to carry out this enormous task. In the decades since Rinpoche began teaching around the world, thousands of people have been inspired to follow him.
As Rinpoche's activities increased, his view became even more vast. While tending to the individual needs of his students, he constantly seeks new ways to ensure that the authentic teachings of the Buddha will be available a hundred years from now, a thousand years from now. The integrity he exhibits, the skill with which he teaches, and his compassion toward all beings often inspires his students to make generous offerings to him. Rinpoche nearly always offers these resources to support others. Ten years ago, however, the rivers of generosity that ran through him had swelled to the point that it became clear that a new structure was needed to help channel these offerings.
In 2001, Rinpoche made a rare pilgrimage to Dzongsar. He took a handful of his students on the journey, and together they weathered the Jeep rides and long treks to arrive at Rinpoche's traditional seat of Dzongsar, in Derge, Sichuan. One evening he invited his guests into the room that had once been the private chambers of Chökyi Lodrö. The group had been awed by the immensity of Dzongsar and by the enormous responsibility that Rinpoche had been upholding for so many years, personally providing for all the basic needs of hundreds of monks and khenpos. They asked how they could help relieve Rinpoche of the pressure of this responsibility, so that he could focus on his heart's desire. No longer saddled with the financial burden of supporting the monasteries, Rinpoche would be free to turn his gaze outward, even farther.
“Our meeting took place in the late afternoon. Everyone was tired and covered in dust after a long day’s pony trek down from the mountains. The atmosphere in the room, with its ornately carved cabinets and thick pile carpets in jewel colors was cozy and warm. At that time, the monastery was not yet connected to the grid, so there were no electric lights, only flickering candles and paraffin lamps. We sipped butter tea that tasted like salty mushroom soup. I think it was Amelia [Chow] and Cangioli [Che] who initiated the discussion. The conversation took off and the energy expanded and everyone started suggesting ideas. By dinner time, there were enough pledges on the table to establish the initial fund. The rest is history.”
—Penelope Tree, KF European Representative
“The group realized the importance of maintaining academic excellence in the traditional Dzongsar Shedra, which has been the source of our Buddhist teachers. They wished to create a vehicle to support the Shedra in the long term, and this became the first goal of the newly established Khyentse Foundation.”
—Cangioli Che, KF Executive Director
Khyentse Foundation was established later that year as a system of patronage. Meetings were held in Bali, Hong Kong, and San Francisco to discuss the scope and mission of the Foundation. With the help of Gene Smith, Professor Steven Goodman, Ivy Ang, and a number of those original pilgrims, Rinpoche set priorities for his projects and the group created its first five-year plan. All the goals set in 2001 were met, as were the goals of the second five-year plan.
2011 marks Khyentse Foundation's tenth anniversary. This year Rinpoche raised the bar considerably, encouraging the foundation to set its highest goals yet. "Maybe it's time we miss a few of our goals," he teased. But with the continued support of our friends, and the inclusion of new supporters, perhaps we can see that bet and maybe even up the ante.
A Vehicle, a Platform, a Patron
How Khyentse Foundation Is Supporting Buddhist Study and Practice in the 21st Century
The 10th annual meeting of the KF board of directors was the largest gathering to date and generated the biggest ideas we've ever dreamed up.
Khyentse Foundation’s annual board of directors meeting in July was held at the Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, deep in the rain forest on the banks of Daisy Lake, two hours drive north of Vancouver, Canada. It was our biggest meeting ever, a two-day event with over 50 participants from around the globe. These meetings are essential for the KF community to make key decisions and report on major advances that have taken place. They also give people a rare chance to have face-to-face conversations.This year the board opened the doors to a number of special guests, including project and team members, as well as sponsors and observers. Rinpoche also invited Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche (also known as Meme Lama) as a representative of the younger generation of tulkus who are interested in 21st century concepts of organization and operation.Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche said that it was a "wonderful experience" to attend the meeting. "I feel like I have learned about the importance of sound management in this modern world, in a secular or nonsecular environment. And mostly I was so amazed by the hard work that KF people put in to assure the continuity of Buddhadharma, as well as the unbiased and far-sighted approaches. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication!"
Wyatt Arnold, who attended the meeting as an observer, remarked, "The KF team is in tune. Without becoming dogmatists, each member is deeply committed and attentive to the projects at hand and the challenges they bring. Watching the board go through each matter with realistic concerns while preserving the integrity of the ambitious third five-year plan was very inspiring. Even as a newcomer, completely in the dark, it was clear that this year was one of the best so far."
Looking back on the successes of the past 10 years was inspiring, as was looking ahead to the future. Although there are challenges, KF’s third five-year plan, Nurturing the Source and Preparing for the Future of Dharma, is visionary, with emphasis on supporting Buddhist education in countries that have a strong Buddhist heritage. Efforts will also be made to develop and nurture the seeds of Buddhism in countries where study and practice are just beginning. Creativity and insight buzzed through the room as participants were encouraged to dream big during a brainstorming session focusing on the next five years. Which programs and initiatives will maximize the Foundation’s resources to create the strongest impact in promoting the wisdom of the Buddha worldwide? Discussions focused on various education programs, training for the future, and exploring opportunities in academic development. The board approved a budget for 2011-12 that will provide in excess of US$3 million in grants to a variety of projects, including 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha. The board emphasized the importance of the KF Matching Fund program to the financing of many of these projects.
Photo: At the board meeting, Grants Committee chair Florence Koh reports on grants awarded this year. By Pawo Choying Dorji.
Khyentse Foundation invited 700 friends to celebrate our first ten years of Buddhist patronage. The event took place at the concert hall of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. For this very special occasion, we wanted to share the stage with all of our sister organizations, which together form Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s mandala. By understanding the structure of each of these organizations, we will have a better idea of how Khyentse Foundation came to be and how necessary it is. So with the help of Lucinda Carey, we put together several short videos to give a little taste of each organization. Stuart MacFarlane was our master of ceremonies, and we enjoyed wonderful performances by members of the Vancouver Children's Choir, Bharatnatyam dancer Malavika Santhosh, the Khmer Buddhist Association Cambodian dancers, and our very own Sangha Choir. You can watch the event in its entirety or select the organizational videos as separate pieces.
Watch the complete event
|A Toast to Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
on the Occasion of His 50th Birthday
June 18, 2011
By Maree Tenzin
We should have known that something extraordinary was happening in 1961!
- 1961 is an extremely rare "up-side" number — one in which the numerals are the same when they are inverted. This is such a rare event that there is not going to be another up-side year until the 7th millennium in 6009, precisely 3,998 years from now!
- The number 1 and 2 hit songs on June 18, 1961 were "Travelin’ Man" and "Surrender." How about that for an indication of things to come?
- As well as the phantasmagorical display of your presence on this earth these past 18,262 days, many other events have shaped our lives during the last half century.
- The Soviet era ended and the Berlin wall went up and came down, we’ve gone from atomic to digital, from cold wars to hot wars, men have walked on the moon, and people have been conceived in test tubes and received artificial organs.
- We had Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey, and John inspired us with
- "Imagine…. all the people living life in peace."
- Microchips and GPSs, Wi-Fi and the www sabotaged our privacy, and cell phones became our new appendage. Macs, one incredible the other edible, took over the world — along with the iPod, iLife, iPad, iCloud, Ikea — AND iWant and iNeed.
Much has been accomplished in the last 50 years — but Rinpoche, your immeasurable activities and limitless achievements eclipse everything. Rinpoche, thank you for your kind invitation to celebrate this momentous occasion with you.
Happy 50th Rinpoche!
May your life be infinite.
KF and 84000:
A Developing Relationship
84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha is moving toward attaining its independence from Khyentse Foundation. At the moment, 84000 is still under the fiscal umbrella of Khyentse Foundation. Rinpoche has now given clear direction and instruction for 84000 to become a fully independent nonprofit organization by the end of 2012. Join 84000 today to make the Words of the Buddha available to the modern world. For US$21 a month for a year, you can sponsor a page of translation. Find out more at www.84000.co.
| FACES OF THE FOUNDATION
Without Her, We Would Not Be Here
In each issue of the Communiqué, we introduce a member of our volunteer team—country representatives, project coordinators, advisors, board and committee members, and members of the executive office. This month we introduce Cangioli Che, executive director of Khyentse Foundation.
2011 is not just Kheyntse Foundation's 10th anniversary, it's also the 10th year of Cangioli Che's unswerving service as executive director. The very first meetings from which Khyentse Foundation grew were hosted by Cangioli at her home in San Francisco. Since then, she has given tirelessly to the Foundation, working more than full-time hours, rarely taking a weekend off, always on a wage of exactly zero. We would not be here today if it were not for her dedication, her devotion, her excellent business sense, her diplomacy, and her hard work.
Cangioli graduated with honors from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She started her career in public relations and publications in 1974 with a nonprofit organization in Hong Kong. In the early 1980s she started her own company, Management Resources International, one of the first, and most successful, professional organizers in Hong Kong, hosting many international conferences and exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region.
Cangioli moved to San Francisco in 1988 and became a student of Rinpoche in 1994. She served as treasurer of Siddhartha's Intent Western Door from 1996 to 2001. She was a founding director of Khyentse Foundation, and has served as executive director since the inception of the Foundation in 2001.
In her own words:
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve Rinpoche through Khyentse Foundation. I did not get to know the Dharma and Rinpoche until I had some years of work experience. I had no idea how this experience could be of any meaningful use until I started working for the Foundation.
Working for Khyentse Foundation for the last 10 years has brought meaning to my existence. I cannot think of doing anything else that would be more valuable. Although I am not able to be constantly aware that all work is practice, especially when dealing with the more mundane business aspects of the Foundation, I have the luxury of knowing that all KF activities, as Rinpoche recently mentioned, are dedicated so that they can be the cause of enlightenment for all.
I am always in tears when I read in Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara:
Now my life has given fruit
This human state has now been well assumed…
Khyentse Foundation maintains a very simple organizational structure. The foundation is incorporated as a nonprofit in the United States, with representation in 13 countries. We operate by committees and working groups on a project and function basis. To learn how you can contribute to KF activities in your own country, please contact your KF country representative.
Photo of Cangioli Che at the anniversary celebration by John Solomon.
“Your effort and your dedication will bear fruit in a very, very big way. What I’m saying is that all of our efforts, all of us, individually, are responsible, and will be responsible, for many of the very essential activities that Khyentse Foundation is undertaking.”
—Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Night Shadows, by Sook Kyung Yi
Staff and Committee Updates
The Khyentse Foundation team has grown. New appointments were announced at the June meeting of the KF board of directors. We welcome new board member Richard Chang from San Marino, California.
Upon his appointment, Richard said, "I believe 100% sangha participation in Khyentse Foundation is what will enliven and perpetuate Rinpoche's mandala, the symbolic attribute of guru devotion, the sine qua non to enlightenment."
The Committee on Academic Development now includes Steven Goodman, Isaiah Seret, Roland Walter, and Florence Koh as the Executive Committee liaison. Sydney Jay remains as committee chair. This is an exciting next step for KF’s commitment to university-level Buddhist education.
Also new to the KF team is Stephanie Suter, who will join the Scholarships Committee. And we warmly welcome back Ann Marie Huck from her leave of absence.
Rinpoche also suggested that the Foundation establish a five-member Junior Executive Committee. Each young committee member will have a mentor from the KF Executive Committee to walk him or her through the process of running the Foundation. All of the appointees seemed enthusiastic about learning the inner workings of the foundation activities.
Also, at the June meeting, Barbara Ma announced her retirement from the KF board of directors after ten years of service. She will be greatly missed.