In September of this year, Rinpoche invited Dr. Richard Dixey to join Khyentse Foundation as an advisor. Richard has been a student of Buddhism since meeting Akong Rinpoche and residing at Samye Ling in 1972 during a year off from his scientific studies at Oxford. Since that time, he has worked on the interface between scientific and spiritual perspectives. For 14 years he ran a laboratory at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, researching the biological effects of weak electromagnetic fields. In 1990 he founded Phytopharm plc, a company that develops western pharmaceuticals based on traditional medicine. He is married with two young children and lives in London. Richard joins Gene Smith and William McKeever on the Advisory Committee.