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Our Organization

Siddhartha’s Intent (SI) is an international collective of Buddhist groups that began in Australia in 1986 with the formation of Siddhartha’s Intent Southern Door (now known as Siddhartha’s Intent Australia).  SI has since expanded with groups in North America, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, Europe, Taiwan and Japan. Most of these places are officially registered in their respective countries as societies or charities founded with the sole intention of preserving and fostering the Buddhadharma. In more recent years, places have emerged that are not necessarily called 'Siddhartha’s Intent' but are affiliated with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche such as 'Almost Buddhist' in the People’s Republic of China.

All of the centers organize teachings and seminars with the wish to create a suitable environment in which the Buddhadharma may flourish. The achievement of this aim will increase the awareness of Buddhist principles, surpassing the limits of cultures and traditions. Each independent SI region strives to fulfil Rinpoche’s wishes in its own unique way.

The logo of Siddhartha’s Intent is one of the four monumental gateways surrounding the  'Great Stupa' at Sanchi. The stupa is the oldest stone structure in India and was commissioned by the emperor Ashoka the Great, an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent during the 3rd century BCE. One of India's greatest emperors, Ashoka reigned over most of present-day India after a number of military conquests. In about 260 BCE Ashoka fought a bitterly destructive war against the state of Kalinga (modern Odisha). He embraced Buddhism after witnessing the mass deaths of the Kalinga War, which he himself had waged out of a desire for conquest. He then dedicated himself to propagating Buddhism across Asia.