History and Purposes Viet Vajra Foundation Founded in 2006
Viet Nalanda Foundation, Inc. was originally founded in January of 2006 as Viet Vajra Foundation, Inc. by a group of Vietnamese Tibetan Buddhists to promote networking among Vietnamese Tibetan Buddhist practitioners and friends worldwide, in a harmonious, non-sectarian spirit.
The organization seeks to establish mutual understanding and cooperation
between Vietnamese and
Tibetan ordained members, scholars, translators, spiritual
friends and lay
practitioners, as well as to generate an appreciation for both Vietnamese and
Tibetan histories and cultures in the context
Audience with HH the 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness spoke in depth
about the Buddhist teachings at the famed Nalanda
University of the past, and how these teachings influence Tibetan
Buddhism in general. He also spoke about the need for Vietnamese
ordained, practitioners and translators to be well-trained in the Tibetan
language, and vice versa for the Tibetan to gain a working knowledge of the
Change of Name to Viet Nalanda Foundation
Global Peace and Four Immeasurables
Under all circumstances, we seek to promote global peace and follow the practice of the Four Immeasurables, of loving-kindness, compassion, rejoice and equanimity, in accordance with the teachings of the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni in the management and operation of the organization, and implementation of its programs and activities.
Projects and Activities
In the short term, we will be focusing on networking and publishing Vajrayana Dharma texts and teachings in the Vietnamese language as a community service - for free distribution.
In the long term, we are aspired to sponsor projects such as (1) language training programs for Vietnamese-speaking translators to learn the Tibetan language and for Tibetan-speaking lamas to learn the Vietnamese language, (2) collaborative workshops for Vietnamese and Tibetan scholars and translators, as well as (3) social-cultural and charitable projects to bridge the gaps between the two communities.
Following our audience with
His Holiness in 2007, we officially launched the Zangpo Project
in support of programs for Vietnamese ordained, translators and lay
practitioners to become trained in the Tibetan language and basic
Buddhist philosophy in India or Nepal.
from the Office of HH the Dalai Lama.
Viet Nalanda Foundation
"non-sectarian" spirit, as well as equal respect
Foundation at all times shall maintain
affiliations with, and have
Viet Nalanda Foundation, Inc., based
in Maryland, USA, is a tax-exempt non-profit organization
is currently under construction and
has only partial information.
What we think is most unique and most inspiring is that although members of our group all follow different traditions, have different root teachers, maintain different practices according to our respective lineages, yet we joyfully chose to remain open, committed and supportive of one another, and appreciative and respectfully of one another's teachers, traditions and aspirations. As we embark on this quest of spirituality, it is very much in the spirit of the non-sectarian tradition that we and a large sector of the Vietnamese Vajrayana practitioners are embracing.