Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was born in India at sunrise on the 15th of October 1968, the tenth day of the sixth month of the year of the Earth Monkey, on the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth. He is the son of the renowned Tertön, or treasure revealer, His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, holder of the Ripa lineage.
As a socially engaged Buddhist, a term he is happy to be known by, Rinpoche’s deep sense of compassion and love for people is inspiring as he strives diligently and tirelessly to share his wisdom and reach various people. Furthermore, he has undertaken many philanthropic projects, which have become a central part of his life’s work. Born in India, Jigme Rinpoche has firsthand experience of the plight of Tibetan refugees and local villagers alike in finding and retrieving potable water. This inspired him to found the Pure Water Project, for which he received great admiration and a citation from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. Other projects he also directs include creating a malaria prevention and treatment program, the Pure Water Project, as well as directing programs to support orphans, schoolchildren, monks and the elderly.
The recent eathquake in Nepal and the devastation and suffering of people all around him inspired him start Mero Gaon (means ‘My Village) project which aims to rebuild villages of Nepal providing basic housing facilities utilizing the natural local resources and the man power of the villages.
Jigme Rinpoche is known for his fluency in English and his lively, direct, humorous and down-to-earth teaching style. His clear and fresh outlook very quickly cut through cultural and personal misperceptions about the Buddhadharma, East and West, ancient ways and modern life.
Jigme Rinpoche travels between the East and the West actively looking to lead and care for the Ripa monasteries in both Nepal and India, along with their growing monastic communities and the Tibetan community in exile. He continues his teachings through Padma Ling and the Ripa Ladrang Foundations.
Alan recently retired from J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong after a successful 30-year career in the Financial Services and Technology industries in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
In addition to being a member of the advisory board for Mero Gaun, Alan is President of the Ripa Ladrang Foundation, a charitable organization based in the U.S, focused on religious and humanitarian causes in the U.S and South Asia; a Partner in Betrawati Hydro Electric Company, a renewable energy company in Nepal, and a Director on the board of the Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT), where he is also Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Binay Bikram Adhikari
Mr. Adhikari specializes in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Impact Assessment and Institutional Set Up. With Masters of Science Degree from East Ukarainian State University, Luhasnk, Ukraine has a career experience both in academics and field works. He has worked as a Research Officer, Senior Officer and Coordinator for 14 years in School of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, Pokhara University. He has successfully completed Environmental Screening and Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment of Hydropower, Roads and other developmental projects. Parallel to the research studies he has been involved in administration, information dissemination, business liaison of the institution as well as volunteering in psychiatric wards, rehabilitation center. He has exemplarily applied his strong academic background and conceptual and theoretical knowledge, to various field works by visiting all project districts of Nepal. Currently, he is working as a Project Manager, Mero Gaon Project under Gyetrul Jigmey Rinpoche, Ripa Siddhi Sangathan.
Dr. Milan Maharajan
Dr. Milan Maharjan a consultant Ear Nose & Throat surgeon by profession is a full time social worker. She is a chairperson of voluntary organization “Ear Care Nepal” which focuses on prevention of deafness and promotion of hearing in Buddhist monastic schools and underprivileged school children of Nepal. Besides her passion in a fight against deafness among children, she with her team has helped in reconstruction of many of these schools which were damaged by earthquake. She has pledged full support to the quest to serve the needy by dedicating valuable time to the project Mero Gaon.
Naresh Shakya is a Buddhist scholar and art historian with strong philanthropic leanings. Apart from getting involved in ancestral Buddhist handicraft business, he is pursuing PhD in Buddhist art from Lumbini Buddhist University. He is also a Lecturer at Lotus Research Center in applied Buddhism and believes in following the path showed by Gyetrul Jigmey Rinpoch; socially engaged Buddhism. Currently he involved in many voluntary projects which include reconstruction of schools and communities affected by recent earthquake.