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Nalanda Foundation fonds
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3 June 1970 - 13 June 1984 (Creation)
- Nalanda Foundation (Boulder, Colo.)
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- 122 audio cassettes
- 82 audio reels
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On 18 January 1974 the Nalanda Foundation, a non-profit educational corporation, was established in Boulder, Colorado by the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Nalanda Foundation was named after Nalanda University, a center of Buddhist learning which flourished in India from the fifth to twelfth centuries. In addition to the Shambhala Training and Naropa Institute, divisions of Nalanda Foundation have included the Alaya pre-school, the Vidya elementary school, the Maitri space awareness project, the Mudra theater group, and the Nalanda and Vajravairocana translation committees. It has also sponsored a number of groups organized for the study and practice of the traditional Japanese arts of flower arranging kyudo (archery) and tea ceremony; and Amara, an association of health professionals. Nalanda Foundation of Canada was established on 31 March 1983 for the purpose of establishing the Shambhala Training Program and a Naropa Institute project in Canada. The foundation began moving its international headquarters from Boulder to Halifax in 1985. Since late 1992, together with Vajradhatu, an association of Buddhist churches also founded by Trungpa Rinpoche the Nalanda Foundation, has been doing business under the name Shambhala at 1084 Tower Road Halifax, Nova Scotia. Trungpa Rinpoche acted as president of the foundation until his death in 1987. He was succeeded by the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin until his death in 1990. The current president of the foundation is Trungpa Rinpoche's eldest son the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Custodial history is unknown.
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Fonds consists of sound recordings regarding a broad range of activities of Nalanda Foundation, including general administrative activities; public talks and seminars on dharma art; activities of the Mudra theatre group; activities related to the Maitri project; and meetings of and events sponsored by a number of other special interest groups within the foundation.
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An inventory of the verbatim transcriptions of portions of the fonds.
Photographic records related to portions of the fonds are held in the photograph collection and can be located using the Vajradhatu and Nalanda Foundation Information Office Photograph Fonds Finding Aid. Related records can also be found in the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche fonds, Vajradhatu fonds, Vajradhatu Seminary fonds, Naropa Institute Events fonds, Shambhala Training fonds and the Vajra Regen Osel Tendzin fonds.
Further accruals are expected.