COMMUNIQUÉ
                                                                                   A publication of Khyentse Foundation   December 2009
photo
Khyentse Foundation Home  |  Donate Online
 IN THIS ISSUE
 FEATURE
 
 
Khyentse Foundation is a global team of volunteers, and our opportunities to meet face to face are rare and extremely productive. In September the Khyentse Foundation board of directors and advisors met in California to discuss the progress of the past year as well as the directions we are heading in the future. Read about exciting developments in the Foundation’s work in spreading the Buddhadharma worldwide, including a reports on a new initiative for Buddhist studies in academia, changes in our team, and the new Khyentse Award. You’ll also find a link to Rinpoche’s address to the board of directors, news about an upcoming calligraphy auction to support Lotus Outreach, and much more.

PHOTO: Bel Pedrosa, Investment Committee chair, and Richard Dixey, advisor. 

 

SHARING THE MERIT
An anonymous donor who made a substantial donation to Khyentse Foundation earmarked for the Buddhist Literary Heritage Project sent an encouraging letter to the board of directors, which we read during the board meeting. The donor talked about the practice of ultimate generosity and the responsible use of donation dollars, and urged Khyentse Foundation to have the Bodhisattva’s courage to “…seize the opportunity and provide with urgency.” Read the letter.
 
When you support Khyentse Foundation projects, you protect and uphold the Buddha’s teachings. No amount is too small (or too big) in our collective effort to keep the Buddha’s wisdom teachings alive.
 
The most effective way to support Khyentse Foundation is to join the matching funds program. Every dollar you donate will be matched by a group of committed donors. Donate Online.
 
 
 

NEWS FROM THE BUDDHIST LITERARY HERITAGE PROJECT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Huang Jing Rui, Executive Director  

The BLHP held a marathon four-day planning meeting in September. Huang Jing Rui, the newly appointed BLHP Executive Director, attended from Singapore. The  BLHP website will be up soon. In the meantime, check out the project’s Facebook page.
 


NEWS FROM DEER PARK INSTITUTE

Deer Park has a new blog, and it’s packed with information about the institute’s programs and activities. Check out the articles on “Eco Handicraft,” “The View of Buddhism and Hinduism,” “Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Packs the House,” and “Volunteering at Drophen School,” a first-person account by a speech pathologist and special educator about volunteering at an adult day center serving people with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities. Deer Park has become a center for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions and a place where many of Khyentse Foundation's supporters seek teachings and guidance.


NEWS FROM SIDDHARTHA'S INTENT

 
Check the Siddhartha’s Intent site frequently for communications from Rinpoche and updates on SI activities around the world. There are still openings for the 2010 North American Dharma Gar.
  
 
 NEW APPOINTMENTS
Khyentse Foundation welcomes the following new team members:
  • Suresh Jindal, KF advisor
  • Raji Ramanan, member of the board of directors
  • Jim Nelson, advisor to the investment committee
  • Chantal Gebbie, country representative for Australia
  • Julie Chender, country representative for Canada
  • Chou Su-ching, country representative for Taiwan
 
Khyentse Foundation thanks Jain Feng, Christian Rhomberg, and Jill Robinson for their hard work and valuable contributions during the past years, and we look forward to their continued support in less official capacities.

AND THEN...


Coming in the next issue:
 
An update on the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. And keep an eye out for a major overhaul of the KF web site.

 
Khyentse Foundation is now on Facebook. 
We will be posting volunteer opportunities, news, and other updates. Join us!
 
Khyentse Foundation Upgrades
Its Workload
Report From the 2009 Khyentse Foundation
Board of Directors Meeting
 
 As followers of Shakyamuni Buddha, I think the best thing that we can do is what we in Tibetan call dzin-kyong, to protect, uphold, and keep the teaching alive. That’s our job. And not only one or two teachings of the Buddha, but every one of them, every single one.
—Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Address to the Khyentse Foundation Board of Directors Meeting, September 26, 2009, Pasadena, California
 
 

Executive Director Cangioli Che presents to the board.

In March 2009, the participants at the Translating the Words of the Buddha Conference asked Rinpoche and Khyentse Foundation to take on the task of starting to organize the Buddhist Literary Heritage Project (BLHP) so that, within a few years, it can become an independent organization. This September, Rinpoche reminded the Khyentse Foundation board that, in spite of the magnitude of the BLHP, other Foundation work remains as significant and essential as ever.
 
“Khyentse Foundation and I have offered our services as much as we can, we have pledged ourselves to BLHP. But this does not mean that the other things that Khyentse Foundation has been supporting, like scholarship programs, publications, and monastic education, have suddenly become less important. They are equally important, I think. Just like the universities, there is so much interest from the younger generations these days. And we can’t afford to tell ourselves, ‘Well, we need to translate the Kangyur now, so maybe the universities  can wait 5 years, 25 years, 100 years.’ This is something that we cannot afford to do. We cannot let go of any of these projects. In other words, I guess I’m saying that we have to do much more.”
 
Rinpoche concluded by saying, with a smile, “I think we have just upgraded our workload much more.”
 
 

REPORT FROM THE INVESTMENT COMMITTEE 


The board heard reports and updates from all of the KF committees. The report from the investment committee was essentially reassuring. Although the Foundation lost 10% of its assets during the worldwide financial downturn of 2008-2009, our loss was significantly less than that of the S&P 500 or of our synthetic benchmark, which were down 28% and 19% respectively. And, since July of this year, there has been substantial recovery. It is also important to know that although our loss reduced our previous investment gains, we did not lose any money ever donated to Khyentse Foundation.
 
Another encouraging development is that in spite of the financial turmoil, we received close to our target of $1million in donations in fiscal year 2008-09. Because of this unyielding and continued support from our monthly and one-time donors, we are able to significantly expand our 2009-10 budget. For the first time in the Foundation’s nine-year history, our budget for project funding will exceed $US1 million in the coming year.
 
 
 


         MORE EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS
 
          
  • The English program at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute  (DKCLI) in India, where KF supports approximately 500 students, is now offering both full- and part-time courses, as well as classes for monks to study at an advanced level. The objective is to train qualified Buddhist teachers for the English-speaking world.
  • In addition to our existing scholarship programs, the scholarships committee is working with our advisor, Professor Peter Skilling, to implement his idea for Khyentse Awards. These awards are intended to encourage and support the study of Buddhism as well as increase awareness of the Foundation. The awards will be made through selected universities to students chosen by their faculty for excellence in Buddhist studies. We expect to start with one or two centers of excellence and to expand the program in the future.
  • A new education initiative involves exchange programs to bring Tibetan scholars and khenpos to have teaching, study, and living experiences at universities in the West. In 2010, two DKCLI scholars will take up residence at the Sakya Centre in Washington, D.C. and spend four months as visiting scholars at George Washington University. Another DKCLI khenpo will begin a similar program at UC Berkeley.
 
The Khyentse Foundation 2009-2010 Budgets and Activities (a PowerPoint presentation), presented and approved during the board meeting, is available upon request. To receive the presentation, send an e-mail to [email protected].
 
 

 

THANKS TO THE UNIVERSITY STUDY VOLUNTEERS
The KF Global University Study would not have been possible without the valuable contribution of the following volunteer data collectors from more than 20 countries:
Julie Adler, Dr. Tamas Agocs, Venerable Aggacitta, Ani Dianne Cadwallader, John Koon-Chung Chan, Tenzin Chosang, Christine Conlon, Marie Crivelli, Andreas Doctor, Abbie Duchon, Paloma Fataar, Greg Forgues, Tom Gwinn, Rosalina Ho, Amy Holmes, Huang Jing Rui, Nisheeta Jagtiani, Craig Kaufman, Nikki Leger, Ana Christina Lopes, Laura Lopez, Jill Robinson, Louise Rodd, Kimberly Post Rowe, Matthew Schojan, Linda Smith, Antonio Terrone, Jean Thies, Doris Wolter, Rosemary Wong, Jun Xie, Siew Chin Yong

  SPECIAL BOARD REPORT 
 
KF GLOBAL UNIVERSITY STUDY IDENTIFIES PRELIMINARY FINDINGS
By Sydney Jay, Research Director
 
The Global University Study research project is a Khyentse Foundation initiative to identify the best ways to support the academic study of Buddhism worldwide. Just one third of the way through the study, our advisory committee and research team have already identified four preliminary findings.
 
In the first of our four findings, we categorized universities into three “buckets”: centers of excellence, resource universities, and corresponding universities. This “three buckets” structure is the result of discussions with our advisors, Gene Smith and Professor Peter Skilling. This is a very useful structure for identifying critical leverage points and for generating insightful recommendations for support.
 
Our second finding suggests that KF can have a high impact by focusing on strategic actions that are smaller in scope and cost and that can be accomplished relatively soon. For example, we could partner with institutions to host a workshop or symposium for foundations on making informed decisions about funding academic chairs or institutes. We could also provide funding and organizational support for scholars from monasteries in India and Tibet to visit universities in the West and for professors from Western universities to visit Asian and Himalayan Buddhist universities and institutes.
 
 

 
ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT LOTUS OUTREACH
Features Calligraphy by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche


Lotus Outreach is thrilled that Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has created seven pieces of original calligraphy for an exclusive auction to benefit the organization. The auction will take place virtually over a seven-day period, from December 7 to December 17, and 100% of proceeds will go toward supporting Lotus Outreach's charitable initiatives in India and Cambodia. 

Originally established in 1993 by Rinpoche to support children's education for Tibetan refugees in India, Lotus Outreach has grown to specialize in serving those who fall outside the reach of existing government and charitable initiatives. Today, they provide education and rehabilitative services to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The organization offers preventive health care and income-generating
opportunities to isolated and impoverished communities. They ensure community food security, support sustainable agriculture, and help to establish safe, clean sources of water. They advocate for access to education for the rural poor. And they provide nonformal education and skills training to those on the margins of their societies.

You can view the auction catalog at http://lotusoutreach.org/Calligraphy_Catalog.pdf. To receive the latest news on the auction launch, visit www.lotusoutreach.org and subscribe to the newsletter; or email [email protected] with "Subscribe" in the subject line.
 
Thank You for Reading
 
 
KHYENTSE FOUNDATION

P.O. Box 156648 | San Francisco, CA 94115 | phone & fax: 415.788.8048
[email protected] | www.khyentsefoundation.org


THE COMMUNIQUÉ is a publication of Khyentse Foundation, a nonprofit organization 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 the Buddha’s vision of wisdom and compassion.
 
 
 
Address postal inquiries to:
Khyentse Foundation
PO Box 156648
San Francisco, CA 94115