Maitreya Project Trust – Governance of the Maitreya Buddha Statue Project in Kushinagar

Maitreya Project Trust (MPT) was registered as a Socio-Spiritual Trust in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, in February 2003 and is identified by PAN number AABTM5920G. The Trust is currently managed by 5 Trustees. Day to day operations of the Maitreya Buddha statue project in Kushinagar are overseen by the Trust’s Governing Body comprising 3 members. All are Indian nationals.

Spiritual Advisor to Maitreya Project Trust

LamaZopaRinpocheSelectionOfBestPhotosVen. Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Advisor to the Maitreya Buddha Statue Project. Lama Zopa is a renowned Buddhist scholar and meditator who for 30 years has guided the spiritual activities of the extensive worldwide network of centers, projects, and services, that comprise the Foundation (FPMT) which Rinpoche founded with the late Lama Thubten Yeshe. FPMT’s activities include a proliferation of charitable and humanitarian projects, and involvement in two Maitreya Projects. One is under planning in Bodhgaya, Bihar, and this project under the auspices of Maitreya Project Trust, is under development in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.

The Trustees

Ven. Lama Chosphel Zotpa

Lama Zotpa was an Honourable Member of the Minorities Commission of the Government of India, and has held various high level Government of India postings during his lifetime.

Ven. Kabir Saxena

Kabir Saxena is an Oxford educated Buddhist monk with over 25 years’ experience teaching and working at grass roots level social welfare projects in rural India. Ven Kabir was the Founder of Root Institute in Bodhgaya, which now operates the Shakyamuni Community Health Care Centre. Kabir is currently Chairman of the Maitreya Project Trust.

Dr. Chhaya Chaudhry

Chhaya is an academician and management professional of long standing. She is a pioneer in using an integrative approach to health, and serves as Chairman of Devang Holdings Private Limited, and is on the Board of Directors of several business and not for profit entities. Chhaya also serves on the Council of Management of Maitreya Project Society.

Mr. Ranjit Singh Walia

Ranjit Singh Walia is Director of Walia and Company, a prominent New Delhi law firm. Ranjit is a highly regarded legal luminary and his counsel is sought by a large numbers of corporate and philanthropic organizations.

Mr. Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk was personal secretary to Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, the esteemed former Indian Ambassador to Mongolia until his death some years ago. Mr. Wangchuk handles the affairs of several Tibetan Buddhist organizations within India and Mongolia.

The Governing Body

Dr. Sanjeev Chaudhry

Sanjeev Chaudhry is Chairman of the Governing Body. Sanjeev was formerly South Asia head of Dupont Health & Nutrition. He is presently Managing Director of SRL Limited, India’s largest healthcare diagnostics company. He serves on many Boards and Committees in the Corporate, Chamber of Commerce, and Philanthropic sectors.

Ven. Kabir Saxena

Kabir Saxena is an Oxford educated Buddhist monk with over 25 years’ experience teaching and working at grass roots level social welfare projects in rural India. Ven Kabir was the Founder of Root Institute in Bodhgaya, which now operates the Shakyamuni Community Health Care Centre. Kabir is currently Chairman of the Maitreya Project Trust.

Dr. Renuka Singh

Renuka Singh is an eminent author, speaker and sociologist. She is a senior faculty at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and is author of several books published by Penguin and other publishers. Dr. Singh is also Director of the Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre in New Delhi.