Buddhist Higher Education Past Grants
- Tsadra Rinchen Drak
- Nitartha Institute
- Palpung Monastic College
- Rangjung Yeshe Institute
- Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center
Dzongsar Monastery (Kham)
Dzongsar Monastery received a three-year grant to support their monastic college (shedra) program between the years 2002 and 2005.
Dzongshö Deshé Dupa (retreat center, Kham)
The Dzongshö Deshé Dupa hermitage was founded during the 19th Century by the first Jamgön Kongtrul. It was considered his second seat and was located only six hours by horse from his main residence, Tsa’dra Rinchen Drak. High in the mountains of Kham, half way between Dzongsar and Khatok, Dzongshö has many caves where Guru Rinpoche, Yeshe Tsogyal, Vairocana, the 9th Karmapa and other great masters practiced. In 1887, the 15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorjé, visited and consecrated the site.
In 1867, Jamgön Kongtrul was enthroned in Dzongshö by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa as a tertön or treasure revealer. All three found many terma in the nine caves around the site. In Dzongshö, Kongtrul wrote a large part of the Rinchen Ter Dzö, Precious Treasury of Revealed Treasure Texts. He established a Shangpa Kagyu retreat program in the hermitage. The retreats were discontinued in 1959 due to political changes in Tibet, but fortunately resumed in 2001.
Tsadra Foundation gave the Dzongshö Deshé Dupa Hermitage a three-year grant to support its retreatants for the period 2007-2009.
Pullahari Monastery (Nepal)
Pullahari Monastery has received a number of grants to support their archiving and publication activities between the years 2006 and 2012.
Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Enrolled in the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek monastery, Sikkim, in 1982; member of the Rumtek shedra’s first class, graduating as Acharya in 1991; completed the three-year retreat in 1997; resident teacher at Thegsum Tashi Chöling in Hamburg, Germany; became involved with Nitartha Institute and was instrumental in teaching and developing curriculum at the Institute; In 2006 took up a teaching position at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado and continues his work with Nitartha Institute.
Receiving a partial support grant from 2006 to 2015 to continue development of the curriculum material of Nitartha Institute, to spearhead advanced studies for the Institute, and to make himself available to assist serious students of Tibetan Buddhism.
Lama Palden Drolma
Completed three-year retreat at KDOL retreat center Saltspring Island, 1982-1985; subsequently completed training as psychotherapist; in 1996 founded Sukhasiddhi Foundation, San Rafael, California. Received a partial support grant 2002-2004 to develop urban teaching program, rural hermitage facilities and direct students in three-year retreat.
Completed three-year retreat at Marcola, Oregon,1982-1985; is now resident lama at Kagyu Changchub Choling, Portland, Oregon. Received a partial support grant 2002-2004 to develop urban teaching program, rural hermitage facilities at Serchö Ösel Ling, in eastern Washington State, and to prepare students for three-year retreat.
Completed three-year retreat at Vajradhara Ling, France 1984-1988 followed by a one-year solitary retreat in 1988; resident lama at Kagyu Dzong Buddhist Center, Paris, France 1989-1994; founding president of the Fédération du bouddhisme tibétain (the Association organizing Dalai Lama’s visits to France) 1991-1994, becoming lifetime honorary president as of 1994. Received a partial support grant from Tsadra Foundation 2000-2004 to develop hermitage facilities at La Tigandière, France.