Khyentse Foundation is accepting applications for Ashoka Grants to support individuals and organizations engaged in projects that increase Dharma activity around the world. Past recipients of these special grants have included children’s educational programs and organizations dedicated to helping people in prison through Buddhist meditation and principles.

Applications can be submitted twice a year, from January 15 through February 15 and from July 15 through August 15. Applications submitted at other times cannot be considered. Applicants are notified of the results three months after the application deadlines.

Khyentse Foundation does not fund building and construction projects. All other applications that are relevant to Buddhist activities will be considered.

To apply for a KF Ashoka Grant, read instructions and download the application form.

“If we sincerely want to carry on the traditions of Buddhism in the East, and if we are talking about establishing Buddhism in the West, we need to think ahead to the next generation. This means creating lasting structures that foster practice and make the dharma available to anyone who is interested…The whole purpose of the Khyentse Foundation is to create a system of support for the continuing study and practice of the dharma.”

— Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche


Khyentse Foundation’s logo is Ashoka’s lion. King Ashoka, one of the great early patrons of Buddhism, reigned during the Mauryan Empire (3rd century B.C.), one of Buddhism’s golden eras. His trademark was the pillars inscribed with Buddhist teachings that he erected throughout his kingdom.

This original painting, “Ashoka”, donated to Khyentse Foundation by Catherine Kaercher, is available for purchase. Acryla-gouache and watercolor on canvas (10.5 x 15 .75 inches). All proceeds go to Khyentse Foundation. For more information, write to