Privacy Policy

Prajna is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our websites and use our services, how we use their information, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.
Updated October 2020

Prajna is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our websites and use our services, how we use their information, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.
Any questions regarding this Policy should be sent by email to: or to: Stichting Prajna, Van Ostadestraat 300, 1073TW Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The rules on processing of personal data are set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) (the “GDPR”).

Who are we?
Prajna is a project of Rigpa and is registered as a non-profit charitable organisation in The Netherlands (Stichting), registration number 80113761. Since 1979 Rigpa has been welcoming teachers of all Buddhist traditions and many of the teachings given since that time form the basis of this website.

How do we collect information from you?
We obtain information about you when you use our websites, contact us about courses, events, products and services, to make a payment or if you register for courses or events, or subscribe to our newsletter.

What type of information is collected from you?
The personal information we collect might include, but is not limited to, your name, address, email address and phone number. If you make a payment online or place an order, your card and other payment information is not held by us, but may be collected by our third party payment processors, who specialise in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions, as explained below.

How is your information used? 

We may use your information to:
  • Process a payment that you have made;
  • Process an event or course registration or subscription;
  • Carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into by you and us;
  • Seek your views or comments on the services we provide;
  • Notify you of changes to our services;
  • Post out any printed material to you;
  • Send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include newsletters, information about events or new features of the website;
  • Communicate activities, promotions of associated Rigpa entities.

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis.          
We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, as long as is set out in any relevant contract you may hold with us, as long we are legally obliged to hold the data or until you request that it is deleted. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations.

What is our lawful basis for processing your personal data?

Our lawful basis for processing your general personal data under Article 6 of GDPR is as follows:
1. Consent of the data subject.
We will directly ask for your consent to process data when you sign up for any of our email or mailing lists.

2. Processing necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract.
We will collect and use your personal data in the following circumstances:
  • When you place an order on our websites, so that we can process your payment, confirm transaction details and arrange confirmation of membership or purchase of individual item, and delivery of any goods and services.
  • When you register for events so that we can process your application and any payments, and where applicable, arrange activities.
  • When you apply for any courses, so we can process your application and any payment involved as well as inform you of further details.
  • When you subscribe to any of our mailing lists, so we can inform you on a regular basis about our activities.

3. Processing necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests of the data controller or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights or freedoms of the data subject;

Who has access to your information?
Stichting Prajna requires access to personal information as outlined above. It is important to note:
  • We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.
  • We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf
We may pass your information to our third party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other Rigpa-related organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf (for example, to process websites payments, or to mail your copy of printed materials). However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and future contracts will require them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties beyond Stichting Prajna and associated entities for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes, unless you have requested us to do so, or we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.
When you make a purchase through the websites, your payment is processed by a third party payment processor, who specialises in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions. If you have any questions regarding secure transactions, please contact us at
We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of any restructuring or reorganisation, or if we’re under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation or to enforce or apply our terms of use or to protect the rights, property or safety of our supporters and customers. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected. We would not transfer your personal information to a third party in the case of a sale of some or all of our activities and assets to any third party.

Your choices
You always have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you do not want to receive direct communications from us, then you can opt out. Anyone can opt out using the link at the footer of emails we send or by emailing us at Rigpa members can also opt out by changing their preferences in the Admin and Care database.

Your rights
  1. You have the right to ask for a copy of the information that Stichting Prajna holds about you. To request a copy of your data email:
  2. You have the right to ask for your data to be deleted or erroneous or out of date data to be updated. The accuracy of your information is important to us. If you change your email address, or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, Rigpa members can change their personal data on the Admin and Care system. Public subscribers please email us at:
  3. You have the right to exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints by contacting us via email at:
  4. If you are not satisfied by our reply you have the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant data protection authority or with the relevant court if you consider we have not respected your rights.  

Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information
When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. Any sensitive information (such as credit or debit card details) is encrypted and protected with SSL encryption. When you are on a secure page, a lock icon will appear on your web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.
Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) may be transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We recommend you don't share your password with anyone.

We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively. We may also use your personal information to detect and reduce fraud and credit risk.

Website analytics
To improve your experience on our sites, we may use 'cookies'. Cookies are an industry standard and most major websites use them. A cookie is a small text file that our site may place on your computer as a tool to remember your preferences. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Prajna website.
Our websites use Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and web page usage.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google's Privacy Policy. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.
The Prajna website use interfaces with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others. If you choose to "like" or "share" information from any of our websites through these services, you should review the privacy policy of that service. If you are a member of a social media site, the interfaces may allow the social media site to connect your visits to this site with other Personal Information.

Links to other websites  
The Prajna website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our websites‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy policy on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites not owned/run by Stichting Prajna even if you access them using links from our websites.
In addition, if you linked to our websites from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

16 or Under
We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. We do not obtain or process anyone’s data aged under 16 without their parent/guardian’s explicit permission.

Transferring your information outside of Europe
As part of the services offered to you through Stichting Prajna’s website, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). For example, this may happen if any of our servers are located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to Europe. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.
If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.

How to make a complaint?
To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints, please in the first instance contact us via email at
If this does not resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Dutch DPA

Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Policy, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions.

Review of this Policy                                        
Any changes we may make to our Privacy Policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email.