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Tribute to Norm Matkin

Norm Matkin, passed away peacefully at Dartmouth General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 22, 2020 at the age of eighty-seven.

Farewell to Basia

We are greatly saddened to announce that Basia Turzanski died on, Saturday, December 19, at about 11:30 pm

Tribute to Peter Barbieri

A Sukhavati is scheduled for this evening, October 8th at 6:00 MDT via Zoom. See details below

Tribute to Fran Lewis

Our dear friend and dharma sister Frances Lewis passed away early Saturday morning, July 18, 2020, having suffered a very recent decline in what had been quite good health these last...

Tribute to Carolyn Kanjuro

Please join us for the online practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra on July 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM MDT, 7:00 PM EDT for Carolyn Eve Kanjuro. Carolyn passed on July...

Tribute to Karl Usow

Sukhavati for Karl A Sukhavati Ceremony is scheduled online for Karl, for Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 pm EDT.  We will recite the Narak Kongshak, a traditional practice for clearing obstacles, followed...

Tributes for Douglas Anderson

May we all please send our best prayers and wishes to Douglas for a journey free of obstacles and blessed by his strong practice and devotion. Tributes to Douglas

Tribute to Marvin Casper

Please keep Marvin, his family and legions of friends in your hearts

The Passing of James George

James George passed away on Friday night, February 7, 2020 at the age of 101. He was an important person in Trungpa Rinpoche's life, and in the history of the Vajradhatu/Shambhala...

Tribute to Sherab Chödzin

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Sherab Chödzin (“Prajna Dharma Holder”) Kohn, very dear friend and colleague for many decades. I was so pleased, by chance,...

Tribute to Michael Chender

With very deep sadness and an unfathomable feeling of loss we pass on the news that Michael Chender died at home, surrounded by family on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019. For those of you...

Tribute to Bill Scheffel

Our dear friend Bill Scheffel took his life on July 8, in Boulder, Colorado. This is such sad and disturbing news. Bill was a devoted student of the Vidyadhara, a wonderful poet and documentary filmmaker. He will be sorely missed.

Terry Mason (Zanto, Zonto)

Terry died on July 6, 2018 of complications related to lung cancer.

My Love for Kunga Dawa

  Last month (May 2018), while I was in Boulder to spend time with my family there, I visited with my old friend, Kunga Dawa (Richard Arthure). I had called ahead from...

The wisdom flame sends out a brilliant light – May the goodness of...

A Farewell and Profound Thank You to Kunga Dawa / Richard Arthure

Upon the Day of Sukhavati for Kunga Dawa

It soon became clear that Kunga was the first (prime and close) student.

Kindness in the Trenches

From Jill Scott's participation in the breastcancer.org online community Jill's Husband, Michael Scott, writes: After Jill's death, I discovered her extensive participation in an online forum for breast cancer patients — breastcancer.org...

Tribute to Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson, 76, a longtime student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, died August 19. Viewing was held at the Shambhala Center in Boulder on Thursday, August 24 and was followed by a Sukhavati ceremony. Beverly was...

Tribute to Dan Meade

In 1978 Dan Meade was appointed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche as the Ambassador to Philadelphia where he and his wife Meera served until1985. Dan was one of the first Ambassadors, along with...

Tribute to Deirdre

Deirdre Stubbert, one of the original members of Trungpa Rinpoche's community, passed away on May 11 in Halifax. The Sadhana of Mahamudra will be performed to celebrate Deirdre's life in Halifax on Saturday May...

Tribute to Henry Schaeffer

Henry Schaeffer, an early student of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, died on May 4th in San Francisco, California where he had lived for the past 30-40 years.

Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpocheon the passing of Peter Lieberson

I was deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Lieberson, who was both a good friend and a wonderful teacher and student of the Buddhadharma. Lopön Peter, as he was known...

Jakusho Kwong-Roshi Describes Being with Trungpa Rinpoche

https://vimeo.com/24712305 Video by Bill Scheffel Jakusho Kwong-roshi is a lineage heir of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and was also close to Trungpa Rinpoche. He is the founder and abbot of the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center...

Tribute to Arthur Louis Borden

___________________________ Refuge name: Chime Chodzin - Eternal Holder of Dharma Shambhala name: Milk Thunderstorm Bodhisattva name: Jigme Lamchen - Highway of Fearlessness. __________________________ Jan 31, 1943 - Aug 27, 2009 Two poems Arthur wrote this poem when he...

Tribute to Olive Colón

Our dear vajra sister Olive Colón passed away on June 13, 2016. Members of the Tucson Sangha, along with neighbors and friends, were by her side, assisting her through her decline...

Tribute to Binny Clarke

Dear friends, we just received word that Binny has passed on, quietly and peacefully in his home in New Boston, NH. Janet Romaine, his siblings, as well as his caregivers were...

Tribute to Suzanne Duarte

By Clarke Warren Suzanne Duarte (previously Suzanne Head) died suddenly, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 of an apparent heart attack. Suzanne and her husband Jan-Paul Vroom were sharing a relaxed evening together...

Tribute to George Marshall

By Cicely Berglund A long time ago Rinpoche said 'One day you will be dropping like flies' -so make the most of this opportunity. And indeed this is happening, increasingly over the...

Tribute to Maggie Russell

With grace and dignity Margaret 'Maggie" Elizabeth Oliphant Russell passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 24th at her home in Hatchet Lake surrounded by her children, daughters in law, and all...

Tribute to William Gilkerson

Bill Gilkerson died in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on November 29, 2015 after an eight-year illness.

Tribute to Andrew MacLean

5 December 2015 Andrew MacLean died early on November 22, his 37th birthday, in a car accident in Boulder, Colorado. Andrew grew up in the Shambhala sangha and was deeply devoted to...

Tribute to Selda Chender

24 September 2015 Selda Chender, Robert and Michael's mother; Amy and Julie’s mother-in-law; Claudia, Lauren, Julian, Evan and Isabel's grandmother, and a friend and confidante to many in the sangha, died a...

Images from the Vajra Regent’s Cremation

https://vimeo.com/137895144 Photographs and slide show by Marvin Moore      

Tribute to David Harding

By Lynele Jones David Harding's cremation was an extraordinary event. The Crestone End of Life Project has built an outdoor crematorium enclosed by a fence. On the cloudy Tuesday morning (July 7,...

Tribute to Jill Scott

By Maggie Colby Our dear friend and vajra sister, Jill Scott, passed away in Halifax on June 1, 2015. We will miss her tremendously. On the 6th of February, 2015, the following announcement...

Tribute to Pamela Krasney

Republished from the Shambhala Times with husband Marty Krasney It is with sadness and appreciation that the Shambhala Times shares with you the news that sangha sister Pamela Krasney died on June...

Tribute to Gail Mueller

By Brigid Meier Gail Mueller and I were like sisters with all the contradictions that implies. At our best, we supported each other and sparked off each other. At our less-than-best, she...

A STONE FOR YOUR HEADSTONE

In memory of Allen Ginsberg, who died on April 5, 1997, ten years and a day after the Vidyadhara, by Deanna Dana. Deanna Dana writes: The parinirvana anniversary date has just past....

The Winter it is Past

https://soundcloud.com/trungpachronicles/the-winter-it-is-past This was one of the Vidyadhara's favorite songs. At his request, Jane sang it at the end of many events, and hearing it evokes his presence for many. This recording is from...

Tribute to Aba Cecile McHardy

From Bill Wooding 23 March 2015 Aba Cecile McHardy, aka "The Friendly Dragon", passed away gently yesterday in hospice care in Needham, Ma in the company of her closest friend Felicity Aulino and...

Tribute to Tom Ryken

22 March 2015 The following is excerpted from an interview with Tom and Jane Ryken, conducted by Sherab Chödzin Sherab Chödzin: Can you tell that story of how you met him— Tom: Well, we'd...

Tribute to Nancy Murphy

From Carol Stamaty 5 March 2015 It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Nancy Murphy on February 18, the evening before Shambhala Day, just before midnight....

Tribute to Wendy Karr

3 February 2015 Wendy Karr passed away on December 28, 2014 after a long illness. She was an extraordinary woman: a great teacher, artist, mother, wife. She demonstrated tremendous steadiness and courage...

Tribute to Monika Kretschmar

1 December 2014 By Bill Karelis It is with sadness and also joy that I note the passing of Monika Kretschmar on Sunday, December 7th, 2014. Monika was a close and principal western...

Tribute to Alan Spragens

1 November 2014 By Clarke Warren The Best of Buddies, the Best of Times: A Tribute to Alan Spragens, Goodbye Friend Alan Spragens was the best possible friend to have. Even though he and...

Tribute to Karl Dorinson

16 October 2014 When I first met Karl, as I recall it now, he was a rather scraggly fourteen year old with cherubic blond hair curling to his shoulders. We hung out...

Tribute to Kathie Paul

Peaceful Journey to Kathie Paul, long-time loyal friend I first met Kathie at Karme Choling in 1977. We had both showed up for the summer dathun, and shared the basement dorm (known...

Remembering JoAnn Carmin

18 July 2014 Life-long sangha member JoAnn Carmin member died at 5:00 am on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Chilton Street hospice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When someone dies, you remember things about...

Tribute to Kris Ellis

30 January 2014 Kristine Theresa Ashton Ellis of Boulder died suddenly, unexpectedly on Monday morning, January 27, 2014. It sent a shock wave through her daughter Tingzin's life in San Francisco, in...

Tribute to Bob Sonne

5 December 2013 Life-long sangha brother Bob Sonne died in his sleep on December 2, 2013 in Boston. He was a dedicated dharma practitioner, a devoted student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and...

Tribute to Zoë Nudell

  5 November 2013 Zoë's life was celebrated yesterday evening (November 5) at Pier 21 by a profoundly sad and focused gathering of her friends -- some 600 of us -- representing all...

Tribute to Nan Newhall

  As I bring my mind to think of our dear friend Nan Newhall it comes to rest on a vivid but simple memory. It was only two summers ago when Susanna...

The Passing of Shibata Sensei

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Kanjuro Shibata Sensei, the kyudo master who came to North America to share his knowledge and wisdom with western students...

Tributes to Rob Graffis

Photo by Rob Graffis Rob Graffis 18 May 2013 This is a photograph of the Vidyadhara looking at Rob Graffis . Rob is taking the picture. We'll miss you, Rob. Chris Magnus May 18, 2013 As we all...

Tributes to Arnie Nordman

Arnie became a Buddhist in 1988 while living in Wilmette. He moved to Boulder to pursue the Buddhist path in 1997. From David Roadhouse: "I am privileged to have introduced Arnie...

Virginia Hilliker

 Virginia Hilliker, Photo by Marvin Moore February 21, 1915 to April 11, 2013 Please send your tributes and recollections to be posted on this page to ]]> The first time I saw Virginia I...

A Part of the Main: Remembering Paul Warwick

  To begin with, there was simply his size, strength and presence. Gifted with a fine body and a fine mind, as a friend once said of him, Paul Warwick was a...

Tribute to Michal Friedman

Michal Lura Friedman died on Nov. 25 due to complications after undergoing a caesarean section and giving birth to healthy twins, Jackson James and Reverie Vivian. In addition to her two...

Tribute to Barry Crofton

Barry Crofton passed away on September 8 at 12:30pm at the Toronto General Hospital. His wife Gail and sister Kerry were at his bedside. His brother Cameron flew in from Victoria...

Tribute to Michael Roudette

EULOGY FOR MICHAEL ROUDETTE by Lopön Helen Berliner for the Lotus Garden Office of Practice & Study Last night, when I should have been writing a eulogy for our dear vajra brother, Michael...

Tribute to Amy Bajakian

Amy Bajakian was a long time student of the Vidyadhara, Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and Shibata Sensei. She attended the 1986 seminary and was a dedicated...

Tribute to Polly Wellenbach

Polly Monner Wellenbach died early Tuesday, August 14, at her home in Halifax. Polly was a beloved student and friend of Trungpa Rinpoche, whom she met in 1970. She was the...

Tribute to Rick Kemp

Pygmy Warrior Rick Kemp Purified by the rain of Agent Orange on the battlefields of Vietnam Liberated by the illusory space of marijuana and LSD in San Francisco Establishing the land RMDC as one...

Tribute to Larry Loomis

To the ever-kind Larry Loomis. We met for coffee spontaneously on Spring Garden Road in 2012. Our family had recently made the decision to leave the Homeland so that I and...

Tribute to Christine Keyser

For my dharma sister Chris, may Milarepa lead you on your journey From Milarepa's Departing Aspiration Prayer: Those undertaking hardship for the dharma's sake Build up merit far to great to tell Those who inspire...

Tribute to Arbie Thalacker

  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche remembers Arbie Thalacker Reposted from Buddhadharma, The Practitioner's Quarterly Online. I have known Arbie Thalacker for many years. He was a wonderful person and a devoted practitioner, full of wisdom...

Tribute to Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

His Holiness Dungtse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche died in New York today at the age of 80. The son of Dudjom Rinpoche and the father of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu...

Tribute to Mary Smith

Long time sangha member, Mary Smith, died peacefully in her home in Boulder, Colorado on October 11, 2011. She was 85. Mary had moved to Boulder from San Francisco in the...

Tribute to Fabrice Champion

Fabrice Champion, trapeze artist, poet, and well-loved member of Shambhala Europe, died in Peru on November 25, 2011. It is reported that he died during a shamanic healing ceremony. Fabrice performed with...

Tribute to Peter Lieberson

Peter Lieberson passed away yesterday, April 22, 2011 in Israel, at the age of sixty-four. Peter was a close student of Trungpa Rinpoche, an early director of Shambhala Training, a prominent...

Recollecting Khandro Tsering on Hearing of her Parinirvana

By Clarke Warren I have just received news of the parinirvana of Khandro Tsering. Khandro Tsering was the wife/spiritual consort of the great Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Rinpoche, the rebirth of Jamyang...

Tribute to Chime Heller

Dearest Noble Sangha, It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you all know our Dharma sister and friend, Chime Heller, passed away yesterday evening, Thursday May 5th, at...

Tribute to Eamon Killoran

By Bill Scheffel The photograph above shows Eamon Killoran eleven months ago. A few weeks after this picture was taken, Eamon learned he had cancer. In less than a year he was...

Tribute to Eamon Killoran

Eamon Killoran died on Monday, April 18, 2011. Eamon was a long-time and devoted student of Trungpa Rinpoche, and dedicated Shambhala Training director. He was also a merchant seaman for most...

Tribute to Bill Gordon

William A. Gordon, born September 30, 1921, passed away early on the morning of April 16, 2011. He was born in Chicago, migrated to New Orleans as a young man, fought...

Tribute to Jose Arguelles

Dear Sangha, As some of you may already know, Jose Arguelles died on Tuesday, March 22nd. He died peacefully after a short illness. He was with his wife, Stephanie, at their home...

Tribute to Natalie Dawson

From an old friend I first met Natalie in 1972, when we were both members of a group that was preparing to settle on kibbutz. She didn't stay long in Israel, and...

E. Gene Smith Memorial from Khyentse Rinpoche

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on Gene Smith Smith did most of his seminal work of collecting, classifying and disseminating Tibetan books while serving as field director in India and later, Malaysia and Egypt...

Tribute to David Cook

David Cook passed away on January 13, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado from COPD (emphysema). He was admitted into hospice the previous day. David was a long-time member of the Shambhala community...

Tribute to E. Gene Smith

Excerpted From the Widsom Publications site: For three decades, Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress's Tibetan Text Publication Project--an effort to salvage and reprint Tibetan literature. Gene wrote prefaces to these...

Tribute to Connie Clause

Wonderful Memories of My Sweet Sister Connie I loved her gentle spirit I loved her giving nature I loved her beautiful hands I loved the way she found beauty in everything I loved to watch her...

Tribute to Ani Tsultrim Palmo

Ani T. Palmo. Laughter. Old-world Laughter. Fresh new-world laughter. Ani T. Palmo. Simplicity. Old-world simplicity. From the old country. Always new. Prajna. Vipashyana. Wordless. Self-secret. "Dear, will you please pass the sugar—" Love, Mark (Eckler) Ani Palmo, Dharma Mom November 2, 2010 Thank you, all of her friends and dharma...

Tribute to Beverley Webster

Opening remarks from the Sukhavati in Halifax. Here are Larry Mermelstein's opening remarks from last week's sukhavati ceremony in Halifax: This is, as we know, very very big. This is monumental and...

Tribute to Beverley Webster from Myron Syms

by Myron Syms When Judy and I moved to Cape Breton in 1994, Beverley generously invited us to stay at her house while we searched for our new home. We arrived auspiciously...

Tribute to Peter Orlovsky

Peter Orlovsky was born in New York City in 1933 to a family of Russian immigrants. He dropped out of high school in his senior year to help support his financially...

Tribute to Ann Spruyt, 1930 – 2009

Ann Spruyt I did not know Ann Spruyt. I don't know much. But I do know this. If I were a member of the current sangha, I would be watching, all the...

Tribute to Simon Luna

Dear Good Family and Good Friends, 14 August 2020 Another anniversary of Simon’s passing, thirteen years.  I think of you with hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and protected...

Remembering Robin

This meandering recollection was written over the days following Robin's rather sudden, rapid decline and death, while I was traveling with a group of Western pilgrims in Eastern Tibet. We learned...

A Tribute to Jonathan Eric

The first thing that has to be said about Jonathan is that he was enormously generous. He gave money, time and energy and, amazing as it may seem, he apparently gave...

1976 Seminary: Hinayana/Mahayana Talks

Over the coming months, the Chronicles will be posting the nineteen hinayana/mahayana talks of the 1976 Seminary, one talk at a time. You are warmly...