Buddhist Higher Education
Sponsored since with a number of grants 2006 - 2012. Support for archiving and publication activities of the Jamgön Kongtrul Labrang.
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 Rinpoché, 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 Khyentsé Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa as a Tertön or treasure revealer. All three found many termas 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.
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, France1989-1994; 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; continues to pursue PhD studies in psychology.
Received a partial support grant from Tsadra Foundation 2000-2004 to develop hermitage facilities at La Tigandière, France.
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.
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 part-time teaching position at Naropa Institute, 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.