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 all continents. Local SIs are officially registered in their respective countries as societies or charities founded with the sole intention of preserving and fostering the Buddhadharma.
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.
Siddhartha's Intent Helpline
"We need to institute some sort of regular reminders not to be rude and always to be polite and accommodating. Of course, that will also give us as practitioners an opportunity to be patient and compassionate, and to practise what we read, hear and teach."- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
The purpose is to maintain a kind and compassionate community, and to avoid disharmony in the sangha through practising what we learn and teach. As sangha members, our main aim is to take care of each other and to help each other along the path. “… if someone feels unfairly taken advantage of, we… need a group of people whom that person can reach out to and call.”- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
If you, as a sangha member, have a complaint about a wrongdoing by a representative of Siddhartha's Intent that you are unable to resolve directly, you are invited to contact a mediator who is appointed directly by Rinpoche and who is ready to hear you with no judgement and in complete confidentiality. Help requests may be initiated by contacting a private email address accessible only by Rinpoche’s lead mediator: firstname.lastname@example.org *
* Note: Currently mediation support is available only in English, but may be available in other major languages in the future.