Aspi is a resource person, assisting dharma organisations in their projects and activities in the areas of management, legal compliance, and communications. He is also the India coordinator for Siddhartha’s Intent Communications and a board member of the governing body of Siddhartha’s Intent India. The organisations he is involved with are part of Rinpoche’s mandala.
He also helps to guide other organisations that have expressed the aspiration to model themselves after Deer Park in their efforts to revive Indian wisdom traditions and to work on a foundation of Buddhist values. Aspi has 48 years of professional experience in social work, organisation-building, communications and information technology. He has also been involved in documentary film production from script-writing to post production. As a founding member and trustee of VISTAS (Visions and Tasks), he worked in the villages of Ahmednagar District.
I encountered Buddhism in 1992 through the practice of the Lotus Sutra with the Soka Gakkai. Although I am no longer a part of that organisation, I continue with the practice. In 2002 I founded the Dharma Rain Centre in Bombay. I also had the good fortune to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and later organised teachings by His Holiness. I was introduced to Rinpoche by Prashant Varma. Since the inception of Deer Park, I have been attending Rinpoche’s teachings and doing my own personal retreats. My more formal engagement with Deer Park began in 2016.