Dzongsar Khyentse warns about people claiming to represent him

In response to a string of false fundraising appeals on his behalf, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, chairman of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha is asking would-be donors to check to make sure any requests they receive are actually coming from him.

“These days many, many people claim to represent me, and often attempt to authenticate their claim by showing you photos they’ve had taken with me, or letters asking for help that appear to have been signed by me, or printed on my stationery. There are also people who try to fundraise on my behalf, but entirely independently and without my knowledge. I would like you all to be aware of this.”

If you’re approached with a request by someone claiming to be acting on his behalf, he says, you should check with the Khyentse Foundation, Siddhartha’s Intent, Almost Buddhist website, Lotus Outreach, 84000, or Khyentse Office (Khyentse Labrang) to make sure the request is genuine before donating.