The Scope of the Rigpa Endowment Fund – According to the advice of Sogyal Rinpoche and other Tibetan masters, the current focus of the Endowment Fund will be supporting the following key aspects of Rigpa’s work and future:
1. The training and support of practitioners, scholars, translators and teachers who will continue the traditions of study and practice established by Sogyal Rinpoche, for the benefit of future generations.
2. Preserving and making available the unique collection of teachings given by Sogyal Rinpoche and other renowned Buddhist masters within Rigpa, during the past three decades.
3. The support and development of Dharma centres throughout the world that are connected to Rigpa, in particular those centres dedicated to retreat, transmission of the teachings, and care for the elderly, sick and dying.
4. The creation of communities where senior members of the Rigpa Sangha and other Buddhist practitioners can spend the remaining years of their life deepening their spiritual path, and devoting their time to retreat, study and practice. These objectives may change and evolve over time, according to prevailing circumstances, and the vision and priorities established by Sogyal Rinpoche and Rigpa International.
During the first couple of years, no disbursements will be made from the Rigpa Endowment Fund, in order to build up the capital. This phase will also allow us to gain experience on how best to manage funds from our different foundations.
After this start-up period the distribution policy of the Rigpa Endowment Fund will be made known to donors via the Tertön Sogyal Foundation website, where a fuller description of the beneficiary projects and center will be detailed.