SABA, a Charitable Trust founded by Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, South Asia Buddhist Association

South Asia Buddhist Association (SABA) is a charitable trust registered at New Delhi, India under the patronage of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa.

One of SABA’s main aims is to support the monastic Sangha and to establish new educational models, which integrate traditional Buddhist principles and contemporary approaches.

Projects and facilities are being developed,  to help ensure that the precious heritage of the Buddha Dharma is accessible for generations to come.

The charitable trust is governed by a board of trustees and executive committee, under the direct guidance of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the lifetime patron.

SABA group picture after a meeting at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi.  Photo / Magda Jungowska

SABA members at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi


Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Board of Trustees

Diki Wangchuk

Secretary General
Venerable Dawa Waiba

Venerable Skarma Ishey Jungnes

Venerable Karma Chuttem Bhutia
Venerable Karma Tshering Lepcha
Dawa Tsering
Norzom Palmo
Meenakshi Sharad
Karma Leksey Bhutia

Executive Committee

Narenda Jaswal

Diane Brodkorb

Yeshey Jungney