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Online Dharma: Khyentse Foundation Announces the Launch of its Revamped Website


Khyentse Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by the revered Bhutanese lama, filmmaker, and author Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, has announced the launch of its newly revamped web platform. The new website, announced on 29 March, is aimed at offering a more user-friendly interface sharing the foundation’s wide-ranging activities, projects, and initiatives in the service of the Buddhadharma.

“Our goal for the website is to share the inspiring stories of the broad scope of Khyentse Foundation’s projects,” the foundation said in an announcement shared with BDG. “We support and encourage monks and nuns in monasteries and nunneries, students who receive funds for their academic studies, individuals and groups whose creative projects promote Buddhism, children attending Buddhist schools around the world, translators and translation and text preservation projects, and many other endeavors that benefit the Buddhadharma.”

Khyentse Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2001. Its aim is to promote the Buddha’s teaching and support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice. The foundation’s activities include major text preservation and translation projects, support for monastic colleges in Asia, a worldwide scholarship and awards program, and development of Buddhist studies at major universities, alongside training and development for Buddhist teachers and developing new modes of Dharma-inspired education for children.

“In the summer of 2020, Rinpoche gave Khyentse Foundation a broad directive to step into the modern world,” the foundation explained. “Following that directive, we undertook new projects to reach a wider audience. We launched the ‘Words of Wisdom’ series, placed renewed emphasis on the Goodman Lectures, and took a long look at the way we communicate. Through this process it became clear that it was time to update our website and visual communications to make them more user-friendly for the sangha, interested friends, and the wider world.”

Some of the features of the overhauled website include:

• A newsroom dedicated to current articles, easy-access archives, and collections and series of stories;

Two maps showing the breadth of the KF community and its global impact;

• An easy-to-use search tool for all content;

• Intuitive pathways to ensure that people and projects are highlighted equally;

• Links to the Khyentse Network, which showcases the wide range of Rinpoche’s activities;

• A new series focusing on profiles of grant and scholarship recipients and the impact of their work.

Khyentse Foundation also noted that further features would be delivered in the near future, including an easy-to-navigate collection of video content, and an extensive archive of reports and stories on the breadth of the foundation’s work over the last two decades.*

Khyentse Foundation’s achievements over the last 20 years include: more than 15 million pages of Buddhist texts preserved and made available online; education provided for the children of more than 1,000 families; support for Buddhist studies at more than 35 major universities through endowed chairs and professorships, graduate support, and the establishment of Buddhist studies centers; more than US$1 million in sponsorship for Buddhist teacher-training granted; sacred Buddhist texts translated into more than 15 languages, thanks to the efforts of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, the Kumarajiva Project, and the Khyentse Vision Project; over US$1.8 million in funding granted to uphold Buddhism in its mother countries, including grassroots partnerships to revitalize interest in Buddhism in India; more than 2,000 scholarships and awards in recognition of excellence in Buddhist study and practice; support for over 3,000 monks and nuns to maintain the tradition of Buddhist scholarship in a monastic setting; and more than 120 open-access Ashoka and Trisong grants distributed to support Dharma and well-being programs.

“The goal of Khyentse Foundation is to support the study and practice of the Dharma. But since we are victims of causes and conditions, we are very much victims of time and space, and as you know, in the past few years the world is changing so fast. Not just geopolitically, but also the human mind, the way humans think—moral values, spiritual values, emotional values are changing—although maybe not really changing. In one way it’s not a big deal; samsara has always been kind of like that. But on the other hand, it seems to have different nuances, a different kind of color, and a different kind of taste. Accordingly, we in Khyentse Foundation must try to glide with these changes.” — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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Image courtesy of Khyentse Foundation
Image courtesy of Khyentse Foundation

Born in Bhutan in 1961, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is the son of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and was a close student of the Nyingma master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–91). He is recognized as the third incarnation of the 19th century Tibetan terton Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892), founder of the Khyentse lineage, and the immediate incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959).

In addition to Siddhartha’s Intent, Rinpoche’s projects include: Khyentse Foundation, established in 2001 to promote the Buddha’s teaching and support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice; 84000, a non-profit global initiative to translate the words of the Buddha and make them available to all; Lotus Outreach, which directs a range of projects to ensure the education, health, and safety of vulnerable women and children in the developing world; and Lhomon Society, which promotes sustainable development in Bhutan through education.

Rinpoche is the author of several books, including: What Makes You Not a Buddhist (2006), Not For Happiness (2012), The Guru Drinks Bourbon? (2016), and Poison is Medicine: Clarifying the Vajrayana (2021), and has garnered renown inside and outside of the global Buddhist community for the feature-length films he has written and directed: The Cup (1999), Travellers and Magicians (2004), Vara: A Blessing (2012), Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016), and Looking For A Lady with Fangs and a Moustache (2019).

* Khyentse Foundation Marks 20 Years in the Service of the Buddhadharma (BDG)

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