Friday, March 23, 2012


Trungpa Rinpoche's Stupa at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

Several events will be held in the Northern California region to celebrate Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the 25th anniversary of his death, including a special invitation from Kwong-roshi of the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center.

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center members, families and friends are invited along with the Shambhala community to a commemoration of Chögyam Trungpa on Saturday, April 7th from 10 am to 2 pm to mark the 25th year of his Parinirvana. We’ll gather in the lower parking lot and walk together to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Stupa, where we will recite the Sadhana of Mahamudra, followed by some words from Kwong-roshi, Joanne Martin Braun, and Shastris Alan Schwartz, Charlene Leung and Melissa Moore. Please bring appropriate attire (hats, layers) and chairs or blankets. Shambhala members will provide the potluck lunch and the Zen Center will provide drinks. This is a special event in which both of our communities will join together in paying respects to a renowned Buddhist teacher while celebrating the long-standing connections between our two Sanghas. Please join us for this event!

email: smzc@smzc.netSonoma Mountain Zen Center

Jakusho Kwong-roshi on Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, by Bill Scheffel

This 10-minute documentary features 2009 interviews with Jakusho Kwong-roshi, dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and founder of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. In this film, Roshi talks primarily about his close relationship with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This film includes a tour of the stupa Kwong-roshi erected in memory of Chogyam Trungpa.

Dragons and elephants,

Please come at 8:30 on the day of the Parinirvana Commemoration (Saturday, April 7) as we can use your help preparing for the large expected turnout. We need help with parking and set-up. Contact Gyda at if you can make it at that time.

Deep Gassho,
Mike Jundo
Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

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