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September, 2008                    

In This Issue:


Rinpoche Goes Green

Urges students to take action for the environment 


Khyentse Chair in Tibetan Buddhism Established at UC Berkeley


Translating the Words of the Buddha
KF sponsors landmark Translation Conference March 15-20, 2009


Khyentse Foundation Annual Board Meeting 2008



























Attend Professor Dalton's Inaugural Lecture on Oct. 21, 2008
Rethinking Tibet's Dark Age: Demons, Tantras, and the Formation of Tibetan Buddhism
Heyns Room, The Faculty Club, UC Berkeley  5 p.m.




































































Download the KF Second Five Year Plan (2006-2011) and Budgets and Activities for 2008-2009 approved at the meeting





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Direct Action to Protect the Environment

In his recent teachings in Asia and North America, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has been urging his students to take simple, practical, and direct action to protect the earth and our environment. He suggests considering this action as a discipline. It should be an action that has a positive impact on our environment; that is easy to practice; and that you do every day.
For example, HH Dalai Lama has vowed to take only showers, not baths, to save water. And Rinpoche has vowed to turn off the water while brushing his teeth. Other suggestions he offered were to say no to plastic bags and disposable coffee cups.

Rinpoche has written a short aspiration prayer, to which you can add your own vow.


Khyentse Foundation-UC Berkeley

Collaboration Comes to Fruition:

Professor Jacob Dalton Appointed

The University of California at Berkeley has announced the appointment of Jacob Dalton as assistant professor, a new position made possible through the establishment of the Khyentse Chair in Tibetan Buddhism. Professor Dalton will hold a joint appointment in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies.

Jacob Dalton received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan. He worked from 2002-05 as a researcher with the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library and taught at Yale University2005-2008.

Message from Professor Dalton
"It was several years ago when I first heard about the collaboration between Khyentse Foundation and UC Berkeley.  I already felt that Berkeley's Buddhist Studies program was the most dynamic of its kind, and the addition of a Tibetan position seemed the perfect complement.  That it would be named after Khyentse Rinpoche only made it more exciting.  Now that I have been offered the Berkeley position, I feel both amazingly lucky and deeply grateful.  A century and a half ago, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo transformed Buddhist education by returning to the roots of the teachings, breaking down sectarian boundaries, and renewing Buddhism for a changing world.  Now Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has extended this rich tradition into the west by bringing Tibetan Buddhist Studies to one of our top universities.  As a practitioner of the Longchen Nyingtik in particular, I am truly humbled to hold a post named after such a great lineage of Buddhist teachers.  I look forward to beginning my first classes in January, and to introducing my students to Tibetan Buddhism and its radically different ways of thinking."


KF Sponsors Landmark Translation Conference
March 15-20, 2009
Seventh century pilgrim, Xuan Zang (609-644), whose comprehensive translation work defined a "new translation period."


In March of 2009, almost 50 dedicated Tibetan-English Dharma translators, publishers, and patrons representing all four major Tibetan Buddhist schools will participate in a conference hosted by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in Bir, India. The conference, titled "Translating the Words of the Buddha," will be chaired by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and will explore the direction, scope, and focus of Tibetan-English Dharma translation to help ensure  the effective transmission of the dharma.

Rinpoche expressed his wish for the conference: "In bringing all these leaders together, we hope to envision where we want the translation field to be in 100 and even 200 years from now, and to explore what concrete steps can be taken now and in the next 10 to 20 years to move toward that goal."


Conference Participants
As of September 21, 2008

Richard Barron, Alexander Berzin, Karl Brunnholzl, Elizabeth Callahan, John Canti, Rev. Dr. Ane Kunga Chodron, Eric Colombel, Joshua W.C. Cutler, Cortland J. Dahl, Jacob Dalton, Tyler Dewar, Lama Doboom Tulku, Andreas Doctor, Thomas Doctor, Gyurme Dorje, John Dunne, Wulstan Fletcher, Ari Goldfield,Steven Goodman, Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen, Sarah Harding, Jeffrey Hopkins, David Jackson, Matthew Kapstein, Anne Carolyn Klein, Gavin Kilty, David Kittelstrom, Derek Kolleeny, Erik Pema Kunsang, Gwenola Le Serrec, Jakob Leschly, Jules Levinson, Geshe Lhakdor, Donald S. Lopez, David Lunsford, Larry Mermelstein, Michele Martin, Elizabeth Napper, Joan Nicell, Adam Pearcey, Matthieu Ricard, Inge Riebe, Peter Skilling, Gene Smith, Robert Thurman, Jeff Watt, Christian K. Wedemeyer, Scott Wellenbach, and Thomas Yarnall.




And Then...? 

KF Annual Board of Directors Meeting, 2008

Strategic Planning and Budgets Approved

Syllable DHI painted by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to support Lotus Outeach                          


Khyentse Foundation held its strategic planning and annual board of directors meetings in Vancouver in July. Rinpoche chaired the meetings and expressed his appreciation for the work Khyentse Foundation is doing, and thanked all the donors and volunteers for making it possible. Rinpoche reiterated the importance of planning and KF's role as a patron to support Buddhist study and practice. The board reviewed and approved the second five year plan (2006-2011) as well as detailed budgets and activities for 2008-2009. The board also established funding and procedural policies to streamline the operation of the Foundation. Three new directors (Michael Chender, John Solomon, and Isaiah Seret) were appointed.


The mission of Khyentse Foundation is
to establish a system of patronage to support institutions and individuals engaged in the practice and study of Buddha's vision of wisdom and compassion.



Help Wanted

A full-time, male ESL teacher is required from 6 March 2009 to teach monks at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute in Chauntra (HP), India. Over 90 monks aged 20-35, are currently enrolled in the Institute's English language program sponsored by Khyentse Foundation. The successful applicant will be provided with accommodation (within the monastery), meals and a stipend (based on experience and qualifications). The position requires a commitment of at least six months, but preferably a year. If you have relevant qualifications and experience and are interested in the position, please email Suzie Erbacher  for details of the program and a job description.



The Communiqué is a publication of Khyentse Foundation, a nonprofit organisation 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.

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