Damayonti Sengupta was born in India to a bicultural family. Her father was an Indian native; her mother, an American national. She emigrated to the United States in 1974, and grew up near Chicago. For over 25 years, she worked in domestic and international nonprofit organizations. During this time, she studied contemplative movement arts and Buddhist meditation and philosophy. Damayonti has lived in four countries and worked with many others. Her career path began in teaching English in the U.S. Peace Corps and moved to experiential and intercultural education, volunteer management, and organizational development.
A student of Buddhism since 1996, Damayonti met Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2003. In 2007, she moved to Seattle to be of service to him and the Nalandabodhi sangha. She was Nalanda West’s general manager from June 2014 to February 2018. She is a founding board member of The Karmapa Center 16, an advisory board member for Bright Future Transitional Home in Uganda, and a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Damayonti loves to travel and to connect with people. She draws, dabbles in writing, arranges flowers, walks, hikes, swims, bicycles, and practices yoga; she sings, dances, and laughs, too. Damayonti is a fan of science-fiction, superhero, magical realism and adventure movies and literature. She sometimes practices her welcome speech in the event of meeting a being from a different planet.
Nalandabodhi International Chief Operations Officer
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
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