Bodhi Kids Children's Day participant with her turtle art after learning the story of precious human birth. See the lesson plan.
us build Khyentse Foundation's funding base so that we can continue to
support education initiatives. When you become a monthly donor, every
dollar you donate is matched by the Patrons of Manjushri.
The summer open grant application period for
Special Programs is
June 15 to August 15, 2014.
Did you read the KF Yearbook that was sent out earlier this month?
It's full of beauty and facts. Click the image below.
Yearbook is very special. It tells us not only the achievement of the
KF in 2013, but also the passion, devotion, and sincerity of the people
of KF. They are truly shouldering Buddha’s work." — Yi, KF Reader.
Sally Devorsine will be heading to Bir to help with Rinpoche's experimental school there. She is the author of the Now I Know series
of children’s books, popular with Buddhist parents. Sally spent more
than 10 years tutoring young Bhutanese, Tibetan, and Nepalese tulkus
and monks. The Now I Know series is based on the teachings of
Geshe Langri Thangpa, a Buddhist master who lived almost a thousand
years ago and whose wisdom has been cherished throughout the ages.
Cultivating the Conditions for the Next Generation of Buddhist Practitioners
you are a first-generation Buddhist or come from a family of Buddhist
practitioners, the favorable conditions had to be there for you to
realize your connection to the dharma. Khyentse Foundation is seeking
out education projects that help children and youth make that
connection and that provide materials for schoolteachers and parents to
impart the Buddha's message of wisdom and compassion. Recently in
Brazil, Rinpoche gave a blessing to the children, remarking, "As
Buddhists we are supposed to live in the moment, but we must also plan
for the future."
Photo: Manuela Chantra Shuri de Borba Vieira Cortina's first protection cord, Khadro Ling, Brazil.
KF Grant Awards for Education Initiatives
KF grants were recently awarded to two applicants, Bodhi Kids and the Foundation for Cultural Exchange with the Far East.
before having children, Maya Van Der Meer was concerned with questions
about raising children in the dharma. She wondered how the wisdom of
the Buddha can permeate western culture and be sustained through the
next generations. And how can parents be supported in continuing their
practice while bringing mindfulness and compassion into their family
the past 3 years, Maya has worked to connect youth to dharma. She is
interested in connecting Buddhist centers that represent different
lineages and traditions, pooling teaching resources to provide
education options for children. Her aim is to offer frequent, in-depth
educational programs that will be documented and made available online.
So far four Buddhist organizations representing different lineages are
working together in innovative ways through the Bodhi Kids network.
we are in the fast-moving development stages of starting a Sunday
school where children 8+ learn the basics of Buddhism (common to all
schools) in 10-week units," said Maya. "We have three dedicated team
members and two excellent dharma teachers committed to teaching, less
than a week after putting the program in motion! These classes will be
held in upstate New York starting in September, 2014.
to the grant from Khyentse Foundation, with the purchase of dedicated
AV equipment and an online e-learning database plugin, I will be able
to document all these lessons and eventually make them available free
of charge on our website.
Additionally, I intend to film teachings and interviews from great
masters specifically about parenting and educating youth in dharma. The
first teaching made possible by the KF grant is now available on our YouTube channel:
enhance these multimedia teaching tools, I seek to produce animations
of sutras and Jataka tales. If you are an animator who would be
interested in lending your talents to this project in service, please
contact me at [email protected]
I would like to invite volunteer translators to the project to add
subtitles directly to the closed caption feature of the YouTube video
and to translate online courses.
is a rapidly expanding project that I do in my spare time from a
full-time job and being a simple Buddhist mom. If you would like to
help support this project in any capacity, please contact
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Photos: Banner: Lama Karma and participants at the Bodhi Kids Children's Day, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Woodstock, NY. Above, Maya Van Der Meer and her son Ashoka. Below, Dharma books for kids in Polish.
Translation of Buddhist Childrens
Books into Polish
The Foundation for Cultural Exchange with the Far East,
founded in Poland in 2002, received a US$3,500 grant to begin
publishing a series of five high-quality children’s books on Buddhism.
The books will be based on A-Z Code of Masters by Fa Gu Shan
Publishing House (Taiwan). Coordinator Robert Baczyk is an experienced
translator of Zen Buddhist texts, with 16 published titles to his name,
including works of Bodhidharma, Linji, Mazu, Zhaozhou, and others. "The
first book has just been published," says Robert, "and we are extremely
happy that we managed to get the job done." The first printing was a
high-quality edition of 700 copies with color illustrations on every
page. "We are determined to continue with the series of five books in
total, with the revenues from the first book and possibly other
financial sources," says Robert. "We are very grateful for the support
Khyentse Foundation provided. Thank you very much!"
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