Khyentse Foundation recently awarded three special grants to support three very different projects undertaken by three worthy organizations.
Young bodhisattvas trained by INEB
The International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) began in Thailand in 1989 and has expanded to include individuals and organizations from more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. Out of this diversity, an understanding of engaged Buddhism has emerged that integrates the practice of Buddhism with social action for a healthy, just, and peaceful world. This commitment to global community, based on the universal truths of wisdom and compassion, guides all of INEB’s activities. INEB’s areas of concern are peace, human rights, gender issues, spirituality based development, diversity tolerance, and interfaith dialog.
In collaboration with the University of California at Davis, the Santa Barbara Institute, under the guidance of Dr. B. Alan Wallace, is organizing the Shamatha Project, a scientific study of the effects of sustained, intensive shamatha practice, together with the cultivation of the four immeasurables. This study will include two 97-day retreats, to take place at Shambhala Mountain Center this year. Khyentse Foundation’s grant provides partial support for applicants who can’t afford the full cost of the retreat. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has said that even if there is no scientific study on the effects of shamatha, encouraging 70 people to do two sets of three-month retreat will be of great benefit.
The latest update from Dr. Wallace: “On June 3, 2007, we successfully completed the first of the 3-month retreats, and it was evident to all 37 people who participated, as well as to the scientific team who studied the participants, that this retreat was of great benefit. We eagerly look forward to the second of these 3-month retreats, which is scheduled to begin on Sept. 3 with 36 participants The Santa Barbara Institute has granted almost $50,000 in scholarships to participants who could not afford the cost of room and board during these retreats. All the instruction is given to them free of charge. Thank you for your generous support of this project, which has enabled worthy candidates to participate in these retreats.”
Translation projects by Rimé Foundation
Khyentse Foundation continues to support the Rimé Foundation’s translation program, which was established to bring classic literature of the Buddhist tradition into the English language. These works will provide western Buddhist practitioners and scholars access to the collective wisdom of Buddhist traditions, helping them to deepen their personal practice and to create a thriving Buddhist community in the West. These works will also benefit the growing number of scientists and physicians who are conducting research into the workings of the human mind, as well as the members of other spiritual traditions who use Buddhist principles and meditations to enrich their own spiritual practice. The works chosen for translation represent the core of the Nyingma tradition, and were selected for their importance and their ability to bring both immediate and lasting benefit to the spiritual community. The KF grant will partially support the translation of Jigmé Lingpa’s writings on the Great Perfection preliminary practices. This volume will include three unique texts on these practices, as well as an introduction by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.