Buddhist Education for Children: Rinpoche’s Vision
Khyentse Foundation 2020 Annual Report
On this auspicious day commemorating Buddha’s birthday, we present the foundation’s 2020 Annual Report, highlighting Rinpoche’s vision of Buddhist Education for Children, KF’s school projects, and other important programs to preserve and promote the buddhadharma.
Thinking broadly, if a child grows up in a situation where there is information about Buddha, dharma, and sangha, bodhicitta and dependent arising, that is already a success. I think Buddhist values and wisdom are important, but in a Buddhist kindergarten, school, or university, the purpose should not be to make more Buddhists. The purpose should be to make more kind, visionary, caring, refined, creative, elegant, and outrageous people.
I would like to create an atmosphere at the schools so that classes can be taught under a big tree, by the bank of a river, or in a paddy field so that lessons can involve getting up at 3 in the morning to watch the colors of the sky and listen to the sound of silence.
— Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Rinpoche’s vision for children’s education has led to the establishment of four schools over the last 10 years: Lhomon Education and the Kanishka School for young monks, and the Middle Way School and the Blue Lion Preschool for lay children.
Rinpoche with young Lhomon monks, Kanishka students at play,
MWS kids outdoors with teacher, BLS child in his classroom.
KF Activities in 2020
Left: Milinda participants with Ven. Huemin and Khenpo Choying Dorjee (center front).
Right: School children paying homage at Buddha Pada.
A special acknowledgement of appreciation to the KF volunteer team
and our generous sponsors, without whose dedication, effort, and
financial support the work of the foundation would not be possible.
IN OTHER NEWS
—KF is pleased to announce the Trisong Grant, a new global grant program to support people and projects that promote general well-being, mental health, and natural resilience, based on Buddhist views and practices. In the spirit of King Trisong Deutsen, we hope that this new grant program will help KF reach a larger audience and help more people benefit from Buddha’s wisdom.
The application is now open and all are welcome to apply. Read more.
—The chant Dharani for Pacifying the Pandemic was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni in The Mahāsūtra “On Entering the City of Vaiśālī.” The Kumarajiva Project, a Khyentse Foundation initiative, is completing the Chinese translation of this text and will make it available soon.
“Let us all, with this kind and compassionate mind and attitude, recite this dharani. ”
—Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
—Join the weekly Triratna practice to strengthen your connection to the Buddha, dharma, and sangha.
“Sacrifice one cappuccino. Yes, spend that money on changing a girl’s life for her whole life. I’m not even exaggerating. This is not a metaphor, this is a reality.”
—Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Lotus Outreach Founder
—Stay connected with Bhumisparsha (Touching the Earth) and plant a tree today to pay homage to Mother Earth and to Buddha Shakyamuni. Watch Rinpoche introduce the second chapter of Bhumisparsha—planting 84,000 trees in 2021.