Our wonderful friend, brother, uncle, and teacher, Ron Hilburn died on November 28th, 9:51 pm at the Salvation Army Rotary Hospice in Richmond, BC. I am sitting with him right now! He seems very peaceful. Based on our conversations and visits over the last four weeks I suspect he was ready and probably relieved to finally let go. He was in good spirits right up until the end, very brave, and interested in football, of course, but in the nicest possible way.
Love to all,
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My next-door neighbour from three-year retreat, who I will always remember best as ‘Sonam’, was and will continue to be a great practitioner until enlightenment. The fortunate individuals who encounter him will be brought to liberation by his wisdom. What a big heart to share with all sentient beings.
Dear Ron and sangha, shocked as usual with the notice of death.
I wish Ron the most peaceful, blessed transition from this life into the bardo. May he realize his nature and if not may he be reborn in an excellent family of spiritual practice. love and care. with love for you all. Ani Chodron, Prague.