Words of Wisdom 3
Rinpoche on Being Resilient
The pandemic is affecting all of us in one way or another. A year after its onset, we are reflecting on its economic, psychological, and emotional impact. Although Khyentse Foundation’s new directions are not solely an outcome of this health crisis, the virus has reignited Rinpoche’s resolve to share the buddhadharma and to help people manage their minds.
The sutras, the shastras, and our teachings have such wealth on how to assist people, and how to help them make their minds resilient and their emotions manageable.
I’m not necessarily talking about dharma here. Of course, KF’s main goal is to preserve, propagate, share, and make the dharma available for the world [today] and beyond. But here I am talking about something immediate. So maybe we also need to help people gain some kind of emotional strength and mental resilience.
I’m sure there are a lot of things that Khyentse Foundation can do, and this may happen in many, many different ways—not necessarily just as teaching, meditation, or yoga, but it could come in all kinds of forms, even like fashion.
Of course, what we do will be based on Buddhist wisdom, but we need to work more broadly on ideas and actions that can help people work with their minds and be resilient with their emotions.
Supporting others who are using creative or nontraditional ways to share Buddha’s wisdom is a new priority for KF. Next month, the foundation will launch the Trisong Grant, an open application program aimed at engaging people and projects aspiring to reach those who need mental or emotional support.
Any person or organization that aims to promote mental resilience can apply. Although programs should be based on Buddhist views and values, we welcome all forms of skillful means, and encourage innovative and creative presentations and approaches. More information on the Trison Grant is coming soon.