A Publication of  Khyentse Foundation  |  June 2015
 
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IN THIS ISSUE
  OUR FUTURE IS IN THEIR HANDS 
 
PROMOTING LEADERSHIP SKILLS IN A MONASTIC SETTING  
 
KF supports the study and practice of all traditions of the Buddhadharma, all over the world, for monks and nuns and lay people alike. This issue focuses on KF's work to preserve the tradition of excellence in monastic institutions by helping monastic leaders develop modern management and teaching skills. 
 
VIDEO: 2015 21st Century Classroom Skills, an eye-opening week with Mrs. Das in Chauntra
 
VIDEO: 2014 Excellence in Leadership and Management Workshop in Nepal
 
PDF: Downloadable Leadership Training Exercise: The Egg Bridge
 
Stories:
 
 
Banner Images: Khyentse Foundation's logo based on the Ashoka pillar; Rinpoche attending the Excellence in Leadership and Management Workshop, February 2014, by Stacey Stein; Avakirta Rinpoche and Ratna Vajra Rinpoche participating in the 21st Century Teacher Training in Chauntra, April, 2015; Logo for the Excellence in Leadership and Management Workshop in Nepal, designed by Maryann Lipaj, photo by Stacey Stein; Ratna Vajra Rinpoche's artwork, by Noa Jones.
 
 
 
WORDS FROM RINPOCHE

"We are trying to offer not just training, but leadership awareness, necessary in this day and age. The small progress we made in Kathmandu seemed to create a very positive reaction, not just from the training itself, but also the awareness of how the rest of the world is ruled and led. I think for the younger generation lamas and rinpoches, knowing that such things exist is so important.”
 
 
WORDS FROM OUR TEAM

 
“Of all the material we presented, the monks seemed to respond the most eagerly to some models of basic intercultural differences that we presented in the first year. Using their fine-tuned analytical skills and natural curiosity, they showed a genuine thirst for all of the material we presented.”
 
— Sydney Jay, pictured second from left with Edouard Janssen, Chris Jay, Anja Hartmann, and James Hopkins, the facilitators for the 2014 KF Excellence in Leadership and Management Workshop at Shechen, Nepal. 
 
BECOME A PATRON

 
It is said that the patron and the practitioner ascend to Tushita heaven together. KF's system of patronage offers a way to double the amount of your contribution through the matching funds program, increase your donation through the activity of the KF investment committee, and channel it to carefully selected recipients endorsed by Rinpoche.
 
To become a monthly donor at any level (even $5 per month is appreciated), go to our website. Another great way for you to support Khyentse Foundation is to become knowledgeable about our activities — to read the Communiqué, ask questions, make connections. 
 
 
Muchas gracias,
 
With our warmest wishes,
The KF Team
 
 
FROM OUR ARCHIVES
 
FACES OF THE FOUNDATION

Meet Dr. Sydney Jay, our dynamic project director for the KF Leadership Training Program for Khenpos and Tulkus. This "Faces of the Foundation" is from the August, 2013 Communique on Academia.
 
 
NEWS 
 
2015 DEADLINES

 
Applications for KF Buddhist Studies Scholarship and KF Individual Practice Grant will be accepted from June 15 to July 15, 2015. 
 
 
KF INCREASES SPENDING ON LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT

 At the recent KF Board Meeting (June 16-17, 2015), the Executive Committee reported a significant increase in grant amounts in the area of leadership and development from 2013/2014 to 2015/16. The increase is mainly in Training for the Future programs and effectively doubles the amount the foundation will spend on programs such as training in leadership and management, language instruction, and infrastructure.
 
RINPOCHE ON NEPAL

As we all know, a major earthquake hit Nepal just before noon on April 25, 2015. The earth shook with such intensity that Rinpoche felt it all the way in Delhi where he was preparing for the DKCLI teacher training. During that week he spent a lot of time thinking and asking questions and finally composing this message about what we can do to help the people of Nepal, which you can read on the SI website.
 
"At this time of great suffering and difficulty in Nepal, when many are feeling uncertainty and fear and experiencing the loss of loved ones, one of the best things we can all do is offer our prayers and good wishes. For those following the Buddhadharma, as Kyabje Sakya Trizin Rinpoche has so profoundly advised us, we can think of Guru Rinpoche and supplicate him fervently so that outer, inner, and secret obstacles will be dispelled, and so that the myriad wishes of those affected will be swiftly fulfilled..."
 
 
 
VARA: A BLESSING
TO BE RELEASED

Stay tuned. Rinpoche's third feature film, Vara: A Blessing will be released online in the next few months. Visit the film's website for more information. Photo of Shahana Goswami by EMily Avery Crow.
 
 
 
KF LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM
 
Leadership Training Program for Khenpos and Tulkus
Chris Jay, Project Director
Sydney Jay, Project Director
 
Monastic Support and Education
Amelia Chow 周熙玲, Coordinator
Toni Whittaker
Helena Wang 汪海澜
Jennifer Yo 游欣慈, Languages Department, DKCLI
 
See a complete KF team list on the website.
 SISTER ORGANIZATIONS
 
Visit www.khyentse.org for descriptions of the primary organizations founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
 
 
 
Siddhartha's Intent
 
Siddhartha's Intent supports Rinpoche’s Buddhadharma activities worldwide, through organizing teachings and retreats, transcribing, distributing, and archiving recorded teachings, translating manuscripts and practice texts, and establishing a community committed to continual study and practice.
 
RINPOCHE'S TEACHING SCHEDULE

 
12 July, 2015
The Way of the Bodhisattva
Seattle, USA
 
16 July, 2015
Pema Osel Ling, Corralitos, CA
 
19 July, 2015
Is There Buddhism Without Rebirth?
Berkeley, California
 
 
CHINESE SITE

Chinese speakers are encouraged to visit the KF Chinese Language website.  歡迎瀏覽欽哲基金會中文網站
 
 
AND THEN...

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MAILING LIST

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 OUR LOGO

Khyentse Foundation’s logo is Ashoka’s lion.  Below is "Ashoka," a painting by Catherine Kaercher,  commissioned by KF.
Artist's Statement:
 
 
"The painting can be interpreted on a number of levels, depending on your view. Conventionally, Ashoka is pictured with his queen. No one acts alone in this world, and this is a tribute to interdependence. The queen represents the unseen elements that brought Ashoka to the renunciation of violence, and noble actions that brought peace and protection to the people and animals in the India of his time. She holds a blazing white lotus, a symbol of purity arising from the mud of samsara. He holds aloft the dharma wheel, whose turning he enabled. They are flanked by the lion pillars we associate with his rule. Those enjoying peaceful protection of free expression during his reign surround him."
 
If you are interested in purchasing this original Ashoka painting, contact us. It will go to the highest bidder. Simply send an email with your bid, starting at $750. The painting was done in acryla-gouache and watercolor on canvas (10.5x 15.75 inches). Auction closes August 1. All profits go to KF.
 
 
 
Preparing Buddhist Leaders and Teachers for the 21st Century Onward
 
The future of Buddhist institutions lies with a handful of young tulkus and khenpos, and Khyentse Foundation wants to help them succeed.
 
The next generation of Buddhist teachers, tulkus, lamas, and scholars (lay and monastic, eastern and western, male and female) has a historic opportunity to make a positive impact on society, as well as a tremendous responsibility to serve and nurture the Buddha’s wisdom tradition. Therefore the importance of rigorous training cannot be overstated. Khyentse Foundation has initiated and supported a number of leadership and teacher training programs and youth development programs that have triggered a wave of new activity in the field of monastic support.
 
The following young Buddhist teachers have invited the KF Leadership Team to conduct future trainings:
  • Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Shechen Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Sakya Monastery, Dehradun, India
  • His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa (Khamtrul Rinpoche), Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery, Darjeeling, India
  • Khenpo Choying Dorjee, DKCLI
Also, Khenpo Choying Dorjee at DKCLI would like to offer an annual workshop for graduating students as they move into institutions of their own lineages, where they will assume leadership and management responsibilities.
 
Read the articles below to learn more about how KF is working with the monastic communities to introduce innovation and leadership to ancient institutions. 
 
Leadership and Management Training: Modern Techniques for Ancient Monasteries
 

 
 
VIDEO: Kathmandu
Leadership Training Workshop
 
 
 
 
In 2010, Rinpoche asked Chris and Sydney Jay to design a leadership and management program to “bring the monks into the 21st century.” Based on their work with a large global consulting firm, Chris and Sydney designed a leadership program at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute in Chauntra (DKCLI) with three broad elements: structured problem solving, relationship skills, and self-awareness.  Khyentse Foundation then sponsored three 10-day workshops for the khenpos and tulkus at Dzongsar Institute (2011, 2012, and 2013). Rinpoche then invited 32 participants to the 2014 workshop at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu, “Excellence in Leadership and Management: Core Concepts and Best Practices.” Attendees included Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche, Thartse Khen Rinpoche, and many other rinpoches, tulkus, and khenpos and a select group of lay people. 
 
The workshop was led by Chris Jay, Sydney Jay, Edouard Janssen, Anja Hartmann, and James Hopkins, who generously donated their time and energy. The workshop participants learned about and had the opportunity to train practically in a broad range of core concepts and best practices, such as...
 
"This Leadership Training program is very much in line with the aspiration of Khyentse Foundation to create the favorable conditions for Buddha’s teachings to flourish through education.”—KF Executive Director Cangioli Che
 
 
Participants at the 2014 Excellence in Leadership and Management workshop, Shechen Monastery, Nepal. Photo by Stacey Stein.
 
Teacher Training for a 21st Century Monastic Classroom

 
 
 VIDEO: Learning with Mrs. Das
 
 
From April 30 to May 4, 2015, DKCLI hosted a 5-day training, “Bringing 21st Century Methods into the Monastic Classroom,” led by Mrs. Jaya Das of Singapore with the assistance of her sister Mala. The training was attended by more than 40 rinpoches, lamas, tulkus, and khenpos, from all over India and Bhutan, including DKCLI, Sakya College, and Chökyi Gyatso Institute in Dewathang. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche also attended the entire workshop.
 
At first it seemed like just fun and games, but over the days it became clear to everyone that Mrs. Das meant business. She wanted each participant to clearly state how they would use her modern, interactive methods in their traditional monasteries. After some hesitation, they began to warm to the idea. For example, many khenpos agreed to try to introduce the concept of guided reviews in the afternoons instead of leaving the shedra students to study on their own. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's team created a strategy of "One hour of no Mrs. Das [meaning her strategies] and the rest of the day is all Mrs. Das." 
 
"The pedagogy is already there, and I like the way you merge it with modern training," said Mrs. Das. "Just one hour of engaged, interactive group work will help them understand the content, to make it meaningful to them, instead of just memorizing the words."
 
Mrs. Das is a highly experienced educator from Singapore, where she taught for 35 years...
 
 
 
 
Participants in Mrs. Das's workshop at DKCLI, Chauntra, India in May, 2015. Photo by Pawo Choying Dorji.
 
First Person:
A Participant's Perspective on KF Leadership Training Workshops
 
by Wamgon Tulku, Wamgon Monastery and Nunnery, Derge
 
After the 2014 Leadership and Management workshop in Kathmandu, the team received this eloquent first-person account from Wamgon Tulku, who is currently studying at DKCLI.
 
I was born in India and was raised in an average class family. Growing up far from the Tibetan community in an Indian colony helped me be more open and learn more about people. Yet visiting my relatives in Tibetan community often also helped me stay in touch with the Tibetan culture and belief.
 
I was recognized by the H.H Sakya Trizin at the age of 9 and started studying in a monastery. Unlike many of the tulkus and rinpoches, my life was not so glamorous and high class. I have no complaints financially or food, but I had really tough training from my previous teacher! Well I'm not here to tell you my story, but the reason I mentioned this is to let you know my background wasn’t so fancy and spoiled growing up.
 
The reason why I went to the workshop is mainly because I have a monastery and nunnery to look after back in Derge, Tibet and also a few big projects on improvement in societies and flourish dharma, hoping that I could learn something which can be helpful in future. I didn’t have much clue since I have never been in any similar kind of workshop, so I didn’t have specific expectation. But I did have big expectations since it was organized by Dzongsar Khyentse since he is one of the smartest person, perfect teacher, well educated in Buddhism and at the same time updated to the modern world.
 
I worked with a group with the right balance of types; we had the super TJ [Thinking/Judging types in the Myers-Briggs system] who were really outgoing and also ones who were really introvert, quiet and shy, and also ...
 
 
 
The Egg Bridge:
A Leadership Training Exercise

A key component of successful leadership and management workshops is conducting the exercises in a manner that demonstrates the principles being taught.
 
PDF Download: Instructions for the Egg Bridge Exercise
 
 
By Chris and Sydney Jay
 
Games are a great teaching tool, so we often use them in our leadership and management workshops. We usually kick off each day with a game such as the Egg Bridge, and the theme of the day unfolds from there. The participants really love to learn this way. “More games!” they tell us enthusiastically. "We learn the most from the games."
 
See Run Do is a very popular exercise that we used at the Excellence in Leadership and Management workshops in Kathmandu and at DKCLI in Chauntra. At the end of the session, one of the khenpos, who is a member of the Tibetan Parliament, stood up and said, "Every Tibetan should have to go through this exercise!" Participants laughed, shouted, debated, stole ideas from other teams, and were more competitive than even modern hotshot business people. The barely concealed gleeful child came out in each of them, even the sternest khenpos. Suddenly, the holy site of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's reliquary stupa and the library became like a noisy playground, with rinpoches running up and down the stairs, yelling instructions to each other as if debating. The jaws of the few laypeople visiting the stupa dropped in astonishment, watching the rinpoches and tulkus acting this way.
 
We used the Egg Bridge game in both workshops as well. Without revealing too much here, in case our readers want to try this exercise, we can say that the Kathmandu group constructed some really long bridges. Most groups, particularly groups of modern engineering-minded business people, keep their thinking small and build short bridges with elaborate construction, even knowing that the longest bridge wins. Not the rinpoches, tulkus, and khenpos, though. Their bridges, as you can see in the photo, approached the record length.
 
The value of these exercises becomes apparent during the group debriefings at the end, which can take more than an hour. Participants look for parallels in their experiences with their various organizations. One rinpoche said, "Now I understand how the monks feel when I say 'tomorrow we will do an Ushnishavijaya Puja' and they have to stay up all night making a thousand tormas."
 
The PDF link contains instructions for the Egg Bridge exercise so that others can give it a try.
 
 
FACES OF THE FOUNDATION 
 
Meet Wyatt Arnold 

Leadership training in action, from apprentice to executive committee and board member in a few short years.
 
We are very fortunate to have Wyatt Arnold as part of the KF team. Several years ago, Rinpoche selected Wyatt to serve on the Junior Executive Committee, a pilot project that trains future leaders by learning from the professionals who volunteer in various foundation roles. He quickly excelled and began taking on greater responsibilities. He is on a number of committees and spearheaded the impact measurement initiative. In 2015, Rinpoche appointed him to the Executive Committee. He is the also the youngest member of the KF Board of Directors.
 
Wyatt studied under Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche from a very young age. In 2006 he moved to India to continue studying under Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. In India for 6 years, he studied philosophy and Tibetan language with Dzongsar khenpos as well as at the Sarah Tibetan College near Dharamsala. In 2012, Wyatt and his wife Elise De Grande moved to California, where he is currently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Before joining the KF Executive Committee, he served as an executive apprentice for 3 years. 
 
In Wyatt's Own Words: 
 
Of all the things I am thankful for in my life, being a part of Khyentse Foundation is very high up there. Working for KF has given me a chance to practice generosity, the internal effect of which has been to open my eyes to the incredible knowledge, skills, and vision of Buddhist traditions and communities around the world. I joined KF’s volunteer base at a very young age without any prior experience in business or nonprofit. As an Executive Committee apprentice, I could watch the inner workings of the foundation—the leadership roles and the operational maneuvers—without having to jump in immaturely. Becoming an executive committee member would be unthinkable without those prior years of acclimation, and so I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to train within the foundation itself.
 
The most rewarding aspect of working in KF is translating the organization's vast vision into actionable programs - in other words, the targeting of who to support, and how to support them. It has been amazing to watch and participate in this process with the Executive Committee over the past year. We see  definite outcomes from grants to new and continuing institutions like TBRC, UC Berkeley, the Scholarships Program, and many others. It's really quite astonishing to witness the early seeding of people and organizations that will preserve, protect, and spread the Buddhist teachings in the years to come. 
 
 
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche at the annual meeting of Khyentse Foundation's board of directors at Sea to Sky Retreat Center, Daisy Lake, BC. June, 2015. Photo by Pawo Choying Dorji.
  
 
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