Dr. Renuka Singh
Dr. Renuka Singh has a doctorate in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. For the last 35 years, she has been working in the field of gender studies and has also worked with several non-governmental organizations, and at the Women’s Studies Centre, Delhi University. She has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women at Oxford University and UGC Senior Scientist at JNU. Currently, she is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and also the Director of Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, New Delhi.
Renuka Singh is the author of The Womb of Mind (1990); Women Reborn (1997); and has co-authored Growing up in Rural India (1989). She has compiled and edited The Path to Tranquillity (1998); The Transformed Mind (1999); The Little Book of Buddhism (2000); The Path of the Buddha (2004); Many Ways to Nirvana (2004); Buddhism: Message of Peace (2012); Becoming Buddha, (2011); Boundless as the Sky (2013); and Dual Identity: Indian Diaspora and Other Essays (2013). Many of these books have been translated into various languages. She has also researched for the film ‘Impermanence’, a documentary on the journey through the life of the Dalai Lama. Currently, she is working on her forthcoming book on cross-cultural marriage.
“My association with Tushita started way back in 1982 and 1983 when I attended the Dharma celebration and happened to meet Lama Yeshe. Little did I realize that Lama was silently trying to induct me in. I met His Holiness in 1986 and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1987. I was taken in as an Executive Committee member in 1988 and made the director in 1993. The journey so far has indeed been spiritually challenging and we are trying to repay the kindness of Indians by providing this space for inner development to the Delhites.
The future of Tushita lies in making it a permanent place for all the spiritual practitioners who are hoping to create a better and peaceful future in these troubled times.”
Ven. Kabir Saxena
Kabir Saxena was born in Delhi in 1956 to an Indian father and English Mother.
While being educated in the UK he became a Buddhist at the age of 21 after a short meditation course in the Tibetan tradition.
After receiving a BA in History from Oxford in 1978 Kabir decided to return to India. At the 1980 Kopan course in Nepal, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised him to continue his study of Buddhism in England for some time.
In 1983 Lama Yeshe kindly requested him to return to India to start the Root Institute in Bodh Gaya, stating that Lama wished to “repay the kindness of the historic Indian people,” the twofold kindness of being the source of the Buddhist teachings from the seventh century as well as the more recent kindness of offering sanctuary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and more than a hundred thousand
Tibetans from 1959 onwards.
In India Kabir started and helped run the Root Institute up to 1994 and now and then subsequently; as well as working for Tushita Centres in Delhi and Dharamsala, the Maitreya Project in Bodh Gaya and afterwards the Kushinagar Maitreya Project as well. He is also on the Board of the Maitri Leprosy Centre in Bodh Gaya.
Kabir has served as the Spiritual Programme Coordinator and teacher of Basic Buddhist theory and practice at Tushita Delhi since late 2011.
Kabir has now taken up a new role as the Director of Maitreya Project, Kushinagar, U.P.
In 2002 Kabir took his novice ordination as a Monk in Bodh Gaya and the next year his full monastic vows with HH Dalai Lama and Jhado Rinpoche in Dharamsala.
His other interests are J. Krishnamurti’s teachings on Life, Education and Right Relationship, Gandhian theory and practice, especially the area of rural revitalization and education, western and Indian classical music, anything from Monteverdi and Shostakovich to Tansen and Bhimsen Joshi.
Kabir is haunted and motivated by Aurobindo’s phrase of 1909, in an issue of the periodical “Karmayogin”:-
“The nineteenth century in India was self-forgetful, imitative, artificial. It aimed at a successful reproduction of Europe in India”.
Kabir says that “a large part of my energy is now aimed at understanding this phrase and its implications for Indian culture, education and the inner search. To help living beings, the planet and the beauty of nature, we must reverse the effects of this alien process which was well under way two hundred years ago. Buddha’s wise and compassionate teachings and my teachers from all the Buddhist schools are essential guides for me in this process”..