The Passing of Ricky Assaly


Ricky Assaly, long time student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a dear friend of many, passed away at approximately 4:00 am MST Monday Jan 22, of lung and liver cancer. He died at home in the loving care of his daughter Zoe. Please post tributes to Ricky below. A celebration of his life will be announced later in the spring.

Ricky Assaly



A sukhavati will be held on Friday January 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Boulder Shambhala Center Main Shrine Room.

If you cannot make it in person, the following Zoom link will allow you to watch the ceremony.

Zoom Link


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Elizabeth Olmsted
5 months ago

Ricky was always kind, cheerful and friendly. He was a genuine, great heart practitioner, and someone that I really loved and love. So sad that he is gone. May your journey be auspicious Ricky. Your open and constant devotion will surely guide you. 🙏🙏🙏

Dahlia (Menendez) Bader
5 months ago

For each of us who have heard of Ricky‘s passing and who experienced his warmth, good cheer, dharma and loving kindness, we may write or choose not to write something to be read by others about what he meant to us or what experience we may have had of him, but since Ricky gave me nothing but loving kindness and in that showed me the spirit of his heart’s generosity, if you, dear reader, will please forgive that I’d rather speak directly to him.

Dearest Ricky, It saddens me deeply to know you are gone, And to learn now that you suffered the illnesses that you did, saddens me even more. we never know why some people seem to get through life in better circumstances, while others do not. We may call it karma as if it is something that is stamped on us from which we may or may not have any say or make efforts to correct or improve even more, but it is part of the great mystery why some of the worst people seem to have better lives, while some of the best are fettered and subject difficulties , but I am praying and wishing that now that your body has reached its end that your sweet, sweet spirit will find its home and resonance where you are happiest and free. I know that you loved the Dharma and Trungpa Rinpoche and your daughter, Zoe, and granddaughter, Anastasia, and your former wife, Petra, and your family in Montreal very much. I know how proud you were of Zoe and Anastasia. I know that your life had betrayal, disappointment, confusion, pain and struggle and that it also had an amazing war vibrancy which is what I felt when I was with you. I know your life had all kinds of love, love, and joy, and laughter and friends and family who deeply appreciated you as I do and that we thank you and will miss you. I am praying for you, Ricky, and thanking you for your brotherly love, your wise dharmic counsel, for your support and your friendship, and for the scotch we shared the last time that we were together, not that long ago. To have been there with you In the spirit of your sweet, fatherly, spacious counsel was a privilege and honor.

In remembering a few other times, I remember the first time that you made steak tartar for me, a naïve, conventional, ignorant girl in my 20s, who was beginning to see the world only because our root guru who was opening everything up for us. I have ever since had a penchant for raw meat. I’m serious, Ricky, I go to the store, buy organic bison And can’t wait to get home to eat it straight out of the package without the tartar part. I tell myself it is direct protein, and so I give you the credit for providing that nutritional support to my life. There I have confessed it now. And I remember when I was broke, trying to stay close to the guru in Boulder where my previous years of work experience in the airline industry did little good, you gave me a job in the painting company that you and Petra owned. I remember that we were in an old Victorian style building about to begin painting the interior trim of the window frames.
I remember that you taught me how to cut, or, ‘cut in’, a term familiar to professional painters. And I want you to know that recently when I had to hire a crew to repaint my apartment , I trained each one personally in the same way that you taught me. I am grateful to the Karma that we shared as we found ourselves as vajra brother and sister in the Dharma. I can only hope and continue to pray that no matter what the circumstances, that I will carry and share the same heart that you shared with me. Thank you, dear friend, dear Ricky. All the best, may all the best be yours. We love you.

Denise Kilshaw
5 months ago

A friend and comrade on the path, a neighbour in the orchard in Kelowna, a loving father and grandfather, Ricky was ever generous and kind to friends and family. Many memories of practicing Vajrayogini with him, (a resonant umdze), of beach times by the lake, of cooking with him and his quiet presence. With devotion to the guru and the lineage, may he travel well, and much gratitude for his presence in my life.

Ani Chodron
5 months ago

Ricky was a devoted student of the Vidyadhara and served in the Dorje Kasung.

I remember his energy of always helping, his love for the dharma. I remember his good practice; his beautiful Zoe and his loyalty to the sangha.

May he go through the bardo with courageousness, seeing his own reflection in all the myriad displays. And, if not enlightenment in the bardo, may he go towards rebirth in a loving family of genuine spiritual practitioners.

robert higgins
5 months ago

bon voyage brother
been good to know ya
when we met in the early 70's
traveled together
with some of the same teachers in Nepal
worked side by side on the Great Stupa
into the lights, man, you can Do it..........

Steve Seely
5 months ago

Dharma brother Ricky, my path was intertwined with yours from the beginning, back in Vancouver, those early days. May your journey be free and good, and may your path continue to grow as you move into other realms.

5 months ago

My brother Richard was a beautiful, loving being with an absolute, pure and gentle heart. As a dedicated student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for close to 1/2 century, he dedicated his life to his beautiful daughter Zoe and grand daughter Anastasia. He will be immensely missed by me, his sisters Elaine and Dawn, and his entire Montreal family. Godspeed. Peter

Jack Elias
5 months ago

Travel well into the Buddha Realms, Ricky! It's been 40 years since we have been together, but I clearly remember your enthusiatic cheerfulness and quick humor.


John Sander
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Dessie Howard
5 months ago

What a sweet heart. Ricky was ever helpful and in good humour. I worked with him when a group of us Shambhalians created a production on the Nine Brothers of Lha. This was a theatrical piece with a script by Douglas Pennick, calligraphy banners by  Cynthia Moku, bugaku by Dessie Howard and Gabrielle Guttinger, theatrical assistance by Lee Worley, etc.

I believe Ricky was the mastermind who fastened the banners to the “ceiling “ of the Boulder Karma Dzong main shrine room. They were rolled up there and were unfurled one by one as the Lha Brothers were introduced, to extraordinary dramatic effect. The banners remained as a group, unfurled in the shrine room for some days afterwards as they held an unusual power.

Without Ricky’s engineering and practical assistance with the banners the production would not have worked. Talk about drala! And Richards humble yet vital role in bringing that connection to life.

How sad to know that he is gone.

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