BHUTAN | KHYENTSE FOUNDATION IN A BUDDHIST KINGDOM
In This Issue
May 2016
 

 
 
Help us build Khyentse Foundation's funding base so that we can continue to support Buddhist traditions around the world.
  
 
Did you know?
When you become a monthly donor, every dollar you donate is matched by the Patrons of Manjushri. 
 

 
 
 
KF Supports Bhutan

Here are a few of the projects that KF supports in Bhutan.
 
Dungkhar Ugyen Choeling Shedra is a small monastery located a day’s walk from the village of Dungkhar and about an hour’s walk from a recently constructed farm road. KF awarded the monastery funds to support the living expenses of 23 monks in November 2015
 
A Bhutanese student pursuing
a degree in Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg received a KF scholarship.
 
The Bhutan Nuns Foundation received a grant in 2012 to hire two Dharma teachers and one English teacher for the nuns at four nunneries in eastern Bhutan. 
 
Lhomon Education has conducted two meditation camps for Bhutanese teachers.
KF sponsored the first camp
and provides ongoing assistance
in planning and resources.
 
 

Rinpoche's second film, 
Travellers and Magicians,
was shot entirely on location
in rural Bhutan. A few boxes
of the beautiful coffee table
books about the making of the film remain.  If you are interested in helping with distribution of
the books, we welcome contacts at local bookstores; or you may purchase a set at wholesale cost. For more information, write to contact@khyentsefoundation.org.
All profits go to KF.
 
 
Rinpoche has been writing his memoir and publishing each
new chapter online at www.mugwortborn.com.
Mugwort is an herb from
the artemesia family.
Mugwort (khenpa in the language of eastern Bhutanese) is an aromatic herb in the Artemisia family. It is used for incense and in hot stone baths. Rinpoche was born in a remote Bhutanese village called Khenpajong where a special form of khenpa grows abundantly. Thus, Rinpoche is the mugwort born. There are currently three chapters on the site. 
 
 KF is now on Instagram
 
Empowerments: A Wealth of Blessings 

The Rinchen Terdzö empowerments and the importance of ritual and samaya vows.
 
(Takilia, Bhutan) — Since mid-February 2016, Rinpoche has been in the misty mountains of Takila, Bhutan, conferring the Rinchen Terdzö empowerments (wangs) to thousands of practitioners, many of whom have given up their routines and their livelihoods to live for months in tents in harsh conditions. Hailstorms and heat, rainbows and talking ravens are commonplace in this unpredictable environment. All day long, Rinpoche's voice echoes across the valleys that extend from this part of northern Bhutan into Tibet. By the end of the empowerments, he will have spoken for more than a thousand hours. Many of the participants have come out of lifelong retreat to receive the wangs. Dignitaries who have come to receive blessings include the 5th king and the prime minister of Bhutan, representatives of the official monk body, and many others...
 
Watch a short video of Rinchen Terzdö Empowerments                
A slideshow of photos from the empowerments
 
 
Chokyi Gyatso Insitute

Bringing a monastery into the modern world with groundbreaking initiatives in eastern Bhutan.
 
Chökyi Gyatso Institute (CGI) in Dewathang, Bhutan, is a unique Buddhist institution that is introducing a number of groundbreaking programs initiated by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. CGI started as a small temple built by Rinpoche’s maternal grandfather, the late Lama Sonam Zangpo. It is now headed by his reincarnation, Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche, who is Rinpoche's official representative there. While adhering to a traditional curriculum, the monastery is a testing ground for some of Rinpoche’s most forward-thinking innovations in monastic education. CGI is a shedra (monastic college), offering a thorough education in Buddhist philosophy to more than 140 monks. It is also an active monastery with a busy schedule upholding the practice lineage of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. The monastery has a very close relationship with the local community. 
 
Social Responsibility
The shedra is outstanding in its commitment to the environment and the community through its...  
 
Leadership Training in Paro 

Khyentse Foundation Leadership Training Seminars are transforming monastic institutions.
 
This summer, Chris and Sydney Jay, project directors for the Khyentse Foundation Leadership Training Program for Khenpos and Tulkus, will be in Paro, Bhutan for KF's 9th leadership training program. The program is co-presented by Chökyi Gyatso Institute. Participants will include 36 monks and nuns from numerous monasteries throughout Bhutan, including Shechen, Rangjung, Karchu, and Namdroling, and representatives from the government monk body (Dratshang). KF has coordinated similar programs four times at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute, Bir, India; twice at Shechen Monastery, Boudhanath, Nepal; at Druk Sangag Choling Monastery in Darjeeling, India; and at the Sakya Centre in Dehradun, India. "We are truly excited to finally bring this program to Bhutan," said Sydney.
 
Faces of the Foundation 

Meet KF Bhutan representative Tashi Chozom
 
Rinpoche appointed Tashi Chozom as the country representative for Khyentse Foundation in July, 2015. She works for the Royal Civil Service Commission and is a board member of Jamyang Khyenpa, the organizing body of Chökyi Gyatso Institute, which helped fortify and restore the mule track to the sacred Bhutanese valley of Singye Dzong. Here she tells us a bit about her role and her aspirations. 
 
My perception could be biased because of my personal interest in the study of Buddhist philosophy, but I feel that now a days there are a lot of young Bhutanese interested in Dharma practice. We have traditional notion that Bhutanese are only Buddhist because we are born as one, but I feel there is a growing number of youth who now believe in what was taught 2,500 years ago and this is not out of blind faith but because they have examined these fundamental beliefs and have been convinced. Some may not want to be categorized or stigmatized as being "too religious" because that is not what the “cool” dudes do. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche has not only made truth accessible, but he has also made it cool and trendy and acceptable in a way that fits the young minds of today.
 
I hope to contribute in my own small way towards achieving the vision of Khyentse Foundation, which is to support institutions and individuals engaged in all traditions of Buddhist practice and study. The first activity I am helping with is the Leadership Development Program in Paro.
 
While there is an emerging interest to study Buddhism, there aren’t many avenues for young lay Buddhists. I feel this is where Khyentse Foundation can provide its support. Khyentse Foundation even as of now is doing a great job for we have come across Bhutanese who are undergoing Buddhist studies in institutes such as Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal, sponsored by Khyentse Foundation. I feel Khyentse Foundation should continue its support. And my role as KF representative would also be to link young Bhutanese aspiring to study Buddhist philosophy with opportunities provided by Khyentse Foundation. I am still figuring out how to be this perfect link.
 
I consider myself very fortunate to have this opportunity and I hope that I will be able to live up to the expectations and carry out my responsibilities well.
 
 
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