Khyentse Foundation’s First Priority
(Chauntra, India, 2004-today) — The original motivation for setting up KF was to establish a fund to maintain Rinpoche’s monasteries and to free Rinpoche from the financial burden so that he could turn his gaze outward. In 2004, KF reached its initial goal of raising US$2.8 million to establish the Monastic Fund to support Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute in India. By 2011, the fund has increased to US$5 million, supporting more than two thousand monks, nuns, and students in Dzongsar shedras and retreat centers in India, China, and Bhutan.Brief history of Dzongsar MonasteriesPhoto by Pawo Choyning Dor
Inauguration of DKCLI
In 2000, the dharma community in Taiwan responded to Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk’s call for support, and construction began on this new monument to Tibetan higher education in Chauntra, where the traditions of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chökyi Lodrö are upheld. Each year, a handful of graduates are awarded the prestigious title of khenpo. Some of the institute’s graduates have returned to their hometowns to teach, while others are teaching in Nepal and Bhutan and in the West.
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− Inauguration video
Deer Park Institute
(Himachal Pradesh, 2004-today) —When Dzongsar Institute moved to Chauntra, Rinpoche was left with a decision about what to do with the beautiful old monastery in Bir. He created Deer Park Institute, a center for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions, and appointed Prashant Varma as director. Deer Park began as a school for lay people, and especially as a space for Indians to study and explore Buddhism and other profound Indian wisdom traditions in their country of origin. Deer Park’s programs (courses in philosophy, meditation, art and culture, classical languages, yoga, and engaged Buddhism) encourage the disciplines of listening, contemplating, and meditating, leading to genuine understanding and realization. With roots in the rich soil of the classical traditions, Deer Park also seeks to bring the freshness of contemporary expression into its academic and contemplative programs through the use of film and other art forms.
Supporting Theravada: The Tripitaka Chanting
(Bodhgaya, 2011-2013) — The mission of the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International (www.lbdfi.org) is to revitalise the Buddhadharma in India. As a primary activity, LBDFI is the founding sponsor of the International Tripitaka Chanting Ceremony, where Theravadin monks from 10 countries come to Bodhgaya every year to chant from the Pali Canon. Evening Dharma talks and all-night meditations in the temple compound are an important part of the ceremony. “KF has been very helpful in supporting the travel expenses and bursaries of our annual Dharma speakers. Links to talks by the speakers can be found at tipitakachantingcouncil.org. This is a big element of the ceremony, and is now leading to wider teaching tours in India, which will be organised in collaboration with KF India or Deer Park.”
Photo by Richard Dixey
84000: Where it All Started
(Bir, Himachal Pradesh, March, 2009) — The global initiative 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha was conceived during a ground-breaking conference in 2009 initiated by Khyentse Foundation at Deer Park Institute in Bir. In the years that followed, KF has provided financial, infrastructural, and administrative support, helping 84000 to develop and mature into a fully functioning organization. The 84000 team, including 152 translators from around the world, is in the process of translating the entire Kangyur into English. So far, 18% of the texts are being translated, with the first 15 completed translations published in the 84000 online reading room. The reading room has received 1.9 million hits, and texts have been downloaded by 80,000 visitors from 105 countries. This year, 84000 obtained 501(c)3 status in the United States, and now operates independently as a nonprofit organization.
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Khenpo at the Capital
The KF program to sponsor Khenpos to be visiting scholars at western universities began with Khenpo Jamyang Losel at George Washington University in 2011. The program has since brought other khenpos to the west and has become a bridge to connect the old and new Buddhist worlds.
Photo of Khenpo Jaymang Losel in Washington, D.C. by Rev. Dr. Chodrung Kunga
KF has given out thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants to individuals so that they can pursue their study and practice of the Dharma in India.
(New Delhi, 2012) — In order to expand our activities in Buddhist revival in India, KF-India was incorporated by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in October 2011 and received tax exempt status in November 2012. With the formation of a proper board, advisors, and an India Program Committee, KF is poised to play an enhanced role in India.
The Buddha at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh. Photo by Wyatt Arnold.
Board of Directors Meeting in Bodhgaya
(Bodhgaya, October, 2012) Khyentse Foundation held its largest annual board of directors meeting at Shechen Monastery in Bodhgaya in to celebrate its first 10 years of Buddhist patronage. For the first time, part of the meeting was open to about 150 KF team members and supporters, in addition to board members and advisors, who heard reports about the Foundation’s current activities, as well as Rinpoche’s big vision for the future.
Photo by Pawo Choyning Dorji
Pune University Partnership
(Pune, India, 2013) — Khyentse Foundation is supporting Buddhist studies in India by establishing a new KF Visiting Professorship at Pune University’s Department of Pali. Photo courtesy of Professor Mahesh Deokar, Pune University.
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Precious Teachings Amplified
(Bir, India, 2012) — Tyler Gusich, an audio engineer and student of Rinpoche, designed and installed a customized sound system (under KF sponsorship) at the main temple at DKCLI in time for the landmark Dam Ngak Dzo transmissions given by Rinpoche in 2012/2013. Photo by Arne Schelling.
Precious Teachings Amplified
The transmissions were attended by more than 30 tulkus and rinpoches and more than 2,000 monks, nuns, and Tibetan laypeople, as well as several hundred lay students from all over the world. KF also sponsored English and Chinese translators for the benefit of the international audience. Photo by Arne Schelling.
Technology for Nuns
With a KF grant, the nuns at Ani Tenzin Palmo’s Dongyu Gatsal Ling, in the Kangra district of northern India, were able to purchase six computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, software, ink, and paper, and to hire qualified trainers for their computer lab. Read the full story.
(Cool Grove, a charnel ground near Bodhgaya. November, 2012) — Rinpoche conducted an enormous Mahakala puja for Khyentse Foundation in November 2012 after the board meeting in Bodhgaya.
Mahakhala Puja (Cool Grove, a charnel ground near Bodhgaya. November, 2012) — Rinpoche said this was his thanksgiving, a dedication of merit, and a means to seek further blessing and support from the protectors of the Foundation’s activities so that they may expand and flourish for the benefit of all. 50,000 fresh coconuts (a symbol of our hearts) were offered, along with countless offerings of substances from near and far.