The annual meeting of the Khyentse Foundation Board of Directors was held in Vancouver, BC on August 3, 2007. Khyentse Foundation Fellow Alex Trisoglio facilitated the meeting, which was attended by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, eight board members, three advisors, and a number of project coordinators.In his opening remarks, Rinpoche… reminded the board members of the scope of the Foundation’s work, which benefits “not only one or two monasteries or lineages or selective projects.” He spoke about the current buzz of interest in Buddhism and quoted Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, who said that “when dharma activity is glowing, then we should put every effort.
The board then heard updates on the Five Projects and a report from the Investment Committee. First up was a discussion about ways to support the development of Buddhist studies in academic institutions around the world. The board agreed to focus on developing one or two centers of excellence with endowed chairs at their core. In addition, contacts have already been made and fundraising has begun on a project to develop visitorships at institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge. KF Advisors Gene Smith and Richard Dixey gave crucial advice and direction on these matters.
In keeping with the Foundation’s goal of supporting Gene Smith’s unique and invaluable work of collecting, scanning, formatting, digitizing, and distributing Tibetan texts, the board decided to allocate long-term funding to the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. A full report will be available soon.
Board member and Scholarship Committee Director Florence Koh reported that the number of scholarship applications has been increasing steadily. Thirty-seven applications were received for the January, 2007 round, and 50 for the July round. Because we have received a number of applications from students who wish to attend Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal, and because of the high quality of the Institute’s training program, the board decided to offer Rangjung Yeshe an institutional grant for scholarships. The board also voted to offer support to long-term nonmonastic practitioners in Tibet, some of whom are in lifelong retreat and currently have to beg for their food.
Board Member Amelia Chow gave a report about her work with Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute in India, where the administration team is implementing simple and efficient new accounting and management procedures, and where the quality of the monks’ food has been significantly improved because of the Foundation’s support. The DKCLI medical clinic is kept busy providing medical care to the Institute’s monks and teaching them about relevant health and hygiene issues.
The board discussed and accepted the annual and five-year budgets proposed by Executive Director Cangioli Che on behalf of the Budget Committee; approved a series of policy guidelines on funding, organization structure, fundraising, and publications; and supported the motion to appoint Ang Chui Jin to the board of directors and Ding Nai-Chu to be an advisor to the board.
Following the five-hour meeting, Rinpoche joined the participants for a celebratory dinner in a restaurant that rotates high above the city of Vancouver.