[Buddha-l] Dalai Lama's brother dies in US

Curt Steinmetz curt at cola.iges.org
Sat Sep 6 17:07:03 MDT 2008

I was fortunate enough to meet Rinpoche several times. He was a 
beautiful man who accomplished a great deal and who literally set out to 
accomplish nothing less than the seemingly impossible task of regaining 
complete independence for his native country. That lofty goal never 
distracted him from the "real world" - in which he had an academic 
career, ran his own restaurant, built a Temple, raised money to support 
refugees, engaged in political activism at a variety of levels - and 
even worked for the CIA! But he was also a thoroughly ordinary and very 
real human being - always smiling, very friendly. He managed to be a 
genuinely good, warm person while also being a great teacher, leader and 
a shrewd politician on the world stage.

Not mentioned in the abc article that Kate linked to is that Rinpoche 
co-authored the book "Tibet" with Colin Turnbull in 1968. This was one 
of my first introductions to Buddhism as a wide-eyed teenager in 
Indiana. One could go on and on about this guy! His wikipedia entry has 
been updated since his death:

Also here is a link to the group "Rangzen", a group devoted to the 
Independence of Tibetan than Rinpoche helped to start:

And also a link to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center - 
another one of his projects (the links in the wikipedia article don't 
work, but this one does):

Ji Jang Bosal (as we say in Korean Buddhism)
Curt Steinmetz

Kate Marshall wrote:
> http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/06/2357366.htm
> Regards
> Kate
> _______________________________________________
> buddha-l mailing list
> buddha-l at mailman.swcp.com
> http://mailman.swcp.com/mailman/listinfo/buddha-l

More information about the buddha-l mailing list