What is Dharma Network Limited?
Dharma Network Limited is a non-profit organisation, set up in November 2001 to provide a framework for organising conferences and public events on behalf of various Buddhist groups.
The first project with which DNL is involved is the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the UK in May/June 2004. The major event of this visit - the public talk and teachings in Glasgow - are organised by a Steering Group comprising directors and secretary of DNL and members of the list of signatories. These signatories sent the original request to His Holiness to give teachings in the UK.
DNL has acquired loans from groups and individuals to enable it to embark on this project, the total cost of which is expected to be about £380,000. Budgets are planned to break even. Should there be any profit after this event, advice will be sought from His Holiness on the best use for it.
The directors of DNL are currently Mike Austin (Lam Rim Bristol Buddhist Centre), Jane Coskry (Jamyang Buddhist Centre) and Patrick Lawler (London Shambhala Meditation Centre). The secretary and organiser of the visit is Jane Rasch (Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK).
The signatory groups to the request to His Holiness are:
Bodhicharya Buddhist Group
The Buddhist Society
Cham Tse Ling Tibetan Buddhist Group
Dzogchen Community UK
Jamyang Buddhist Centre
Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre
Kalacakra Practice Group
Lam Rim Buddhist Centres
The London Shambhala Meditation Centre
Palyul Buddhist Group
Sakya Thubten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre
Saraswati Buddhist Group
Thrangu Rinpoche Trust
The Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Study Centre, UK