We Are Building American Buddhism

Tenzin Gyatso Institute

PO Box 239
Berne, NY 12023
Telephone: (518) 872-1250
Attn: David Rand
Executive Director

Description of Organization

The Tenzin Gyatso Institute, named after the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, was established with the mission of serving and advancing his vision, principles, and values. His message of compassion, religious harmony and universal responsibility has touched the hearts and minds of millions of people from all walks of life and spiritual traditions who recognize its truth, its urgency, and its extraordinary potential. The Institute's headquarters is located on 350 acres of beautiful, unspoiled, rolling hills in upstate New York.

The Institute was founded by Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the ground-breaking The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, who is renowned worldwide because of his special gift for conveying the heart of the Tibetan wisdom tradition in a way that is both authentic and deeply relevant to the modern mind. Sogyal Rinpoche served as His Holiness' translator and guide during his first ever visit to the west, now more than thirty years ago. They have maintained a close relationship ever since.

Grant(s) Awarded

The institute was awarded $2,500 in 2012 in support of the Scholars Program, specifically the arrival of three Tibetan Buddhist nuns from Ladakh to study at the prestigious women's university, Smith College, where they enrolled in January 2012. This represents a major breakthrough in Tibetan education, and indeed in Tibetan society. We have been told by senior advisors to the Dalai Lama that this marks a milestone in the development of a new generation of women leaders in the Tibetan community.

Results / Update

Your generosity helped us move the Tenzin Gyatso Scholars Programme forward, an effort to serve His Holiness the Dalai Lama and spark a new kind of Buddhism in America. It has given us the means to cultivate important partnerships with premier American colleges and American scholars, which in turn has generated tremendous momentum and goodwill.

For example, we've been invited to send two Scholars to one of the world's premier schools, the University of Chicago's School of Divinity, enroll nuns at a prestigious women's university and enroll a Tenzin Gyatso Scholar at the Pontifical College at the Vatican. Not least of all, it has supported nine Scholars to complete their first and second years of study in the social and applied sciences, where it is not a stretch to say that the Scholars have had a real and vital impact on their peers, professors and in the community.

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