For ten years, LBDFI has worked to restore the Buddha Sasana in India. The Buddha Sasana is the culture of Buddhism, established by the Blessed One and transmitted through the centuries by the Sangha of Venerable Monks and their lay supporters. LBDFI has worked to fulfill its vision through four main activities.

In 2006, LBDFI became the primary sponsor for the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony, which has grown to become the most important international gathering of Theravadin monks in India. From December 2-13th each year, over 3,500 monks and their followers from ten South East Asian Countries gather in Bodhgaya to chant the teachings of the Buddha, as recorded in the Pali Canon. Each year, a section of the Canon is chanted. For more information, see our Chanting Ceremonies page or the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony Bodhgaya. Other chanting ceremonies have now been initiated in Nagpur, Sankasya, New Delhi and Sri Lanka.
LBDFI has also been supporting the development of the ancient places of pilgrimage. The Foundation has installed great Dharma bells in all eight of the ancient sites. Gardens have been created to surround these bells, amenities such as toilets and rubbish collection have been installed, and a program to clean up Bodhgaya,the major site of Buddhist Pilgrimage for all Buddhist people has been initiated. Finally the Foundation has begun a program to develop Dharmaytra walks between major pilgrimage sites in collaboration with the Nalanda Mahavihara, the Governments of Bihar and UP, the Mahabodhi Mahavihara and the World Bank.
LBDFI has begun a program to support the training of a new generation of Indian monks.
Building on these activities, LBDFI has begun to distribute Dharma Books to the Indian public through the prayer ceremonies and public events. These materials are also downloadable from the LBDFI website.

Legal Structure

LBDFI was founded in 2002 and is registered as a 501(c)(3) non profit religious organization under the laws of California. LBDFI is also the sole shareholder of LBDFI- India, a charitable company established under section 25 of the Companies act of India in 2007. In 2009 the Foundation also established LBDFI- Thailand, a charitable Foundation established in Bangkok to further extend its outreach. In 2014, LBDFI- India received FCRA approval status from the Government of India.
Registered Offices:

Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International – USA
2425 Hillside Avenue, Berkeley, California 94704
Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International – India
1 A Vandhana Building, Tolstoy Marg New Delhi, India
Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International – Thailand
15/3, 6 th Floor, Sukhumvit 16, Klongtoey Bankgok 10110, Thailand

The Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International does not renumerate any of its Directors. Each are voluntarily dedicated to the life and mission of carrying out its noble cause.

Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International was inspired and established by Venerable Tarthang Tulku, founder and Head Lama of the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center in California, USA. Ven. Tarthang Tulku was born in Eastern Tibet, where he studied with many of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century.

After leaving Tibet, he taught from 1962 to 1968 at Sanskrit University in Varanasi, India, where he also established one of the first printing presses abroad to print sacred Tibetan texts. Since 1969 he has lived and worked in America. There he has actualized a long-range vision of preserving ancient teachings of the Buddha and transmitting them to the modern world.

In 1983, Ven. Tarthang Tulku established the Yeshe De Project, which focuses on preservation and translation of sacred texts. In 1989, he founded the annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, now attended each year by more than 10,000 monks.

The work of the Foundation is carried out by four directors:

Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International (LBDFI)
President, International Buddhist Association of America (IBAA)  (,
Member, International Tipitaka Chanting Council (ITCC)(

Wangmo Dixey has a degree in International Relations from the University of Los Angeles in the USA and an MA in Development Economics from the American University. She serves as the Executive Director of LBDFI, and promotes its core mission of helping revitalize the teachings of the Buddhadharma in the motherland of India. She also serves as the newly elected President of the IBAA which brings together all three yanas into one platform as a voice for them in the United States. She lives in Berkeley, California, USA and travels regularly to Southeast Asia to promote the various projects of the Foundation. She is a founding member of the ITCC, which established the annual International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony under the Sacred Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, now in its eleventh year with over eleven countries in participation. This chanting ceremony has now extended to all the sacred sites to include annual programs in Sarnath, New Delhi, Sankisya, Kushnigara, Sravasti, Rajgir, and Vaishali. The work of LBDFI supports the revival of the sacred recitation of the sutras within the Theravada tradition bringing the various streams together under the Sacred Bodhi tree after a gap of 700 years. The Foundation also supports infrastructural projects at the sacred sites, the distribution of Dharma books and the training of Indian novice monks in the highest institutions of South East Asia. She is also the eldest daughter of Venerable Tarthang Tulku, one of the preeminent Nyingma teachers who was one of the first Tibetan lamas to come to the United States. She has two children and works with her husband to promote the mission of LBDFI, ITCC and IBAA.

She has received several awards in her honor: she was awarded the Sema Dhammachak Award from the Kingdom of Thailand and the Ministry of Religion during May 2011. The Sema Dhammacak Pillar Award is an honorary award given to individual or organization who has made contribution to Buddhism. She was also honored by the Tara Award in Thailand along with accolades from the Laos PDR Sangha.

Richard Dixey has a BA Hons from Oxford, a masters degree in the history and philosophy of science from London University and a PhD from London University. Before retiring to assist in the running of the Foundation, he headed a pharmaceutical company researching new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and obesity. Richard has been a student of Buddhism since 1972.
Nelson Chamma holds degrees in economics and International Relations. A native of Brazil, he currently divides his time between Brazil and Portugal, where he attends to business interests. He has been involved with the Nyingma Institute of Rio de Janeiro from 1990 to the present.
Jack Petranker holds a BA from Stanford in political science, an MA from the University of California at Berkeley in political theory, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1971. Mr. Petranker is an editor, educator, and writer, and the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? (Dharma Publishing 2006), as well as articles in such fields as consciousness studies, organizational change, political transformation, and the inner meaning of work. A former Dean of the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, CA, he is the founder and director of the Center for Creative Inquiry, and the Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages. From 1988-92 he served as Vice-President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists. He is on the faculty of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute and Dharma College, both in Berkeley.
Linda is currently focusing her work as CFO and consultant in the non-profit sector. Formerly she has held roles as Director of Family office, Seiler LLP, Director of Corporate Accounting at, Inc, Senior Director at Leapfrog Enterprises and Controller/Director of Finance in several technology startups.
Rowen Djunaedi
Rowen DjunaediGraphic Designer,
Rowen Djunaedi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University of Fullerton in Graphic Design. Her first encounter with Buddhism was in late 2004, She has been active in various Buddhist organizations since, focusing in helping Buddhist communities in poor villages in Indonesia and finally joined LBDFI in 2013 marking the turning point of her life. The highlight of her spiritual journey so far is the 1st Indonesia Tipitaka Chanting (inspired by ITCC) held in Borobudur temple, Central Java, Indonesia in 2015. With an open mind for learning and to grow more spiritually, she dedicates her life to her belief and best of all, passion in life.

She is delighted to offer her services as a graphic designer to the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International and the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony.

The Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International


DR. DISAPHOL CHANSIRICHAIRMAN, Light of Buddhadharma Foundation Thailand
Dr. Disaphol Chansiri holds a PhD in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He also holds Masters Degrees in Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), International and Comparative Law (George Washington University), and Business Law (University of Wales).


RAJIV SHARMADIRECTOR, Light of Buddhadharma Foundation India
Rajiv Sharma has a degree in Science (B.Sc.) and Law (LL.B.) from the University of Delhi. He is a practicing advocate in India and also serves on the board of directors of the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International-India. He looks after all the legal matters of Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International-India.

LBDFI India is audited by R. P. Malhan & Company, 1 A Vandhana Building, Tolstoy Marg New Delhi, India

Audited Financial Reports

Audited Financials LBDFI India 2014-15

Receipt and Utilization of Foreign Contributions received during 2014-15

Receipt and utilization of Foreign Contributions received during 2015-16

Receipt and utilization of Foreign Contributions received during 2016-17

RAJI RAMANANDirector, Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International-India
A student of Science and Literature , Raji Ramanan has a deep interest in Indian classical languages and philosophy. Her association as a teacher and a translator with the Krishnamurti Foundation India and programme officer with the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H.H. the Dalai Lama had been meaningful and enriching both at a personal and professional level. She has organized many workshops and seminars related to spirituality, education etc. She has edited the talks of the once a month talk series organised by The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Full Circle has published the first volume as Creeds of Our Times. She has also edited the Hindi translation of Ethics for the New Millennium by H.H. the Dalai Lama .
Raji Ramanan is a trained translator based in New Delhi and has been honored by the Indian Parliament for her contributions in the field of translation. She has translated books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama into Hindi, which include Healing Anger, Power of Compassion, Heart of Compassion, and 365 Dalai Lama. She has also translated works by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the first six chapters of Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara from Sanskrit into simple Hindi. She also serves on the board of directors of Siddhartha’s Intent India and is a member of the classical languages faculty at Deer Park Institute.

She is a recipient of a fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Culture Govt. of India as part of their Preservation of Himalayan Heritage programme and the end product has been a small book In Quest of Wisdom – tradition of bodhisattva Manjusri in the Laddakh region.
As an advisor to KF-India, Raji is initiating the effort to translate Dharma teachings and texts into Hindi for the general Indian public.

Raji Ramanan has a deep interest in Indian classical music and Chanting. She has produced Dhih, an inspiring two-DVD set of Buddhist chants. A favorite in the Khyentse sangha, the CD set contains a booklet of the mantras in Roman and Devanagari script, with their meanings and pronunciation, translated by Raji. She regularly conducts chanting workshop in Himachal of some of the practicing Buddhist texts.
She has come on as a new Board member to the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation this Winter 2016.

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