Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin

Timeline of Teachings

  1. Dedication and Orientation


    This is offered in love, appreciation and gratitude to Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche,
    his Vajra Regent and dharma heir Ösel Tendzin, and for the benefit of their present and future disciples.

    Through hearing, seeing and contemplating these teachings of the Vidyadhara through his Vajra Regent,

    May we realize the essence of transmission from teacher to student.

    May we hold precious this seed planting of Vajrayana dharma and Shambhala vision in the West.

    Through their gestures and words, may we wake up on the spot.

    May we not become confused by spiritual materialism in any form.

    Now, practicing moment by moment until the end of this life and beyond, may we free all beings.


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  2. Table of Contents

    1943
  3. Birth

    The Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin was born Thomas Frederick Rich, Jr., to a working-class family in Passaic, New Jersey, on June 28, 1943. He passed into parinirvana on August 25, 1990, at the age of 47.

  4. Early Photo

    Date is approximate.

    Thomas Rich with his father
    Photographer unknown, June 1, 1951


    Date is approximate.

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  5. Five Photos 1966-69

    Several portraits, one taken with Swami Satchidananda, his teacher then, a work photo, and one with a close friend.

    Circa 1968
    Photographer unknown,


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    With Swami Satchidananda circa 1968
    Photographer unknown,

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    Circa 1969
    Photographer unknown,

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    Physical Therapy Technician ID Card
    Photographer unknown,

    New York City

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    Thomas Rich, then Narayana, with Ken Green, then Krishna, circa 1968
    Photographer unknown,

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  6. Meeting Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    The earliest known letter from Thomas Rich to Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, written after their first meeting, circa February 1971.

    1971 Letter Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 1, 1971

    Date is approximate.
  7. Becoming the Dharma Heir


    In September of 1971 Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, asked Thomas Rich--then known as Narayana (the name given to him by his teacher at the time, Swami Satchitananda)-- to be his dharma heir.

    Below is the inscribed inside cover of "The Jewel Ornament of Liberation,"given to him by the Vidyadhara at this meeting.

    The Vajra Regent describes this event in detail in a letter he wrote to 1980 Vajradhatu Seminary students, excerpted below. The whole letter is on the Timeline.


    Inside cover of "The Jewel Ornament of Liberation" with inscription
    Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, September 1, 1971

    Karmé Chöling

    Date is approximate.
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    Excerpt from "How I met the Vajra Master," a letter written to participants of the 1980 Vajradhatu Seminary Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 21, 1980

    Paso Robles, California

  8. Family photo, Milwaukee Airport

    Thomas Rich, Lila Rich and their first child, Vajra, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on a family visit.

    Family Photo
    Photographer unknown, May 1, 1972

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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  9. Visit of H.H. XVI Gyalwa Karmapa to the United States 1974, video, calligraphy, letter, poem and photos

    The Vajra Regent made an immediate connection with His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa during his first visit to the United States, and that connection continued and deepened through the Karmapa's passing into parinirvana in 1981.

    When the empowerment of Thomas Rich as Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin took place in 1976, the Karmapa added calligraphy of his own to the official proclamation.

    Below is the official proclamation calligraphy, a photo of the Vajra Regent with H.H. XVI Karmapa, and the Vidyadhara, with H.E. Jamgon Kontrul and other photos of His Holiness, one with Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, taken during the Karmapa's first visit to the United States in 1974, a poem written to him by the Vajra Regent after his passing into parinirvana, an excerpt from the 1980 letter to seminary students of a story from this visit, a brief video clip of a Q and A with the Vajra Regent on a famous teaching given by the Karmapa, and a calligraphy by the Vajra Regent evoking an aspect of the Karmapa Lineage.

    Proclamation of the Empowerment of the Vajra Regent by the Vidyadhara with additional text by His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa, and sealed by both
    Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and H.H. Karmapa XVI, August 22, 1976

    Boulder, Colorado

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    HO Calligraphy
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,

    Date and place of execution unknown.

    Calligraphy of a line from the Sadhana of Mahamudra, an essential practice of students of Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche written and compiled by him, the line in the calligraphy is by Mikyo Dorje, the 8th Karmapa.

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    In a Japanese garden with His Holiness and the Vidyadhara
    photographer unknown,

    San Francisco, probably

    Exact date unknown.
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    The Vajra Regent with His Holiness and the Vidyadhara.
    Photographer unknown,

    Date unknown.
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    The Vajra Regent being greeted by His Holiness
    Photo Robert del Tredici,

    Karmê_Chöling

    Exact date unknown - either 1974 or 1976.
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    HHK with Flowers
    Photo George Holmes, October 1, 1974

    New York - perhaps

    Date is approximate.
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    H. H. the 16th Karmapa and Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
    Photographer unknown,

    From the Vajra Regent's photo collection.
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    Photo of H.H. the 16th Karmapa
    Photographer unknown,

    Given to the Vajra Regent by Mr. Mershoff.
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    His Holiness with the Vidyadhara and Shibata Sensei
    Photo Blair Hansen,

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    With H. E. Jamgon Kontrul Rinpoche
    Place and photographer unknown,

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    "I Miss the Karmapa" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 3, 1987

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

    A poem written about the Sixteenth Karmapa, His Holiness Rangjung Rikpe Dorje.

    Ösel Tendzin had a strong connection to His Holiness and said of him, “In this realm at this time, the Karmapa …exists as the mahakala, protecting us. Karmapa is not [merely] a person; Karmapa is the incarnation of enlightened mind. …The lineage holders, from Tilopa to the present day, are embodied in him. We should think very intensely that the Karmapa should return and manifest … because without him, the world is very sterile.”

    Published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006
    "Nothing Happens" Video clip from the Three-Yana Seminar Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 25, 1986

    Los Angeles, California

    A question and answer exchange between a student and the Vajra Regent describing the profound instruction the Vajra Regent received at the Karmapa's bedside a few days before he died in 1981.
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    Excerpt from the 1980 seminary letter to students Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 21, 1980

    Paso Robles. California

    A recollection of the 1974 visit of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa to the United States
  10. Mahamudra Teachings of H.H. the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, audio and transcript

    The Vajra Regent's recollections of occasions where His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa gave mahamudra teachings to him and others. The date of the recording is circa August 1983, and is placed here on the Timeline suggest the profundity and vastness of his teachings.

    Mahamudra Stories Audio
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 15, 1983

    Boulder, Colorado

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    Mahamudra Stories Transcript Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 15, 1983

    Boulder, Colorado

    Unedited transcript
  11. Photo Summer 1976

    Photo front and back, from the Vajra Regent's collection. Taken at Karma Dzong, 1111 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado.

    The Vajra Regent, then Thomas Rich, and Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
    Photographer unknown, August 1, 1976

    Karma Dzong, 1111 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado

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    Caption on back of photo
    Photographer unknown, August 1, 1976

    Karma Dzong, 1111 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado

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  12. Empowerment as Vajra Regent

    The Empowerment of Thomas Rich as Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin by Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was conferred at Karma Dzong in Boulder, Colorado.

    It was the first time a Western student was empowered as a lineage holder in the Karma Kagyü Lineage.

    Below are transcripts, the proclamation calligraphy, two related poems, an audio excerpt and a slide show of the ceremony.

    "The Empowerment of Ösel Tendzin,” from Garuda V: Transcending Hesitation Vajradhatu Staff, January 1, 1977

    Boulder, Colorado

    Remarks from the third talk of the The Three Lineages Vajra Assembly Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, used by permission, August 22, 1976

    Boulder, Colorado

    From "Collected Vajra Assemblies, Volume One," Vidyadhara the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

    Halifax: Vajradhatu Publications, 1990, 81-83. Copyright © 1990 by Diana J. Mukpo. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
    Oath of Empowerment Vidyadhara the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, August 22, 1976

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

    Proclamation of the Empowerment of the Vajra Regent by the Vidyadhara with additional text by His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa, and sealed by both
    Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and H.H. Karmapa XVI, August 22, 1976

    Boulder, Colorado

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    "From the Glorious Realm of Vajradhatu" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 22, 1976

    Karma Chöling, Barnett, Vermont

    The first poem written by Ösel Tendzin after his empowerment on August 22, 1976.

    A few weeks after the event, he began a retreat at Karmê Chöling and composed this poem there on the one-month anniversary of his empowerment.

    Published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006.
    "Infant Song of a Son of the Kagyü Guru" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 30, 1980

    Kalapa Court, Boulder, Colorado

    Poem, published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006
    Empowerment Ceremony Audio Excerpts
    Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, used by permission, August 22, 1976

    Karma Dzong, Boulder Colorado

    This recording begins with the chanting of the Heart Sutra by the assembled community, followed by the Vidyadhara's address, the invocation of the lineage, and reading of the empowerment proclamation. It concludes with a dedication on behalf of the sangha.
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    Empowerment Slides
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 22, 1976

    Boulder, Colorado

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  13. "Feast of Devotion" Seminar, audio and transcripts

    Five talks, at Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont, the first seminar taught by Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin after his empowerment.

    Feast of Devotion Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 3, 1976

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Feast of Devotion Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 4, 1976

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Feast of Devotion Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 5, 1976

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Feast of Devotion Talk 4
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 6, 1976

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Feast of Devotion Talk 5
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 7, 1976

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Feast of Devotion Transcripts Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 3, 1976

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

  14. Community Talk, Boulder

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado, mainly on the topic of the upcoming second visit of His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa to the United States.

    Community Talk
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 14, 1976

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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  15. "Introductory Talk" Lineage and Devotion Study Group

    Introductory Talk Lineage and Devotion Study Group
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 15, 1976

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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  16. "Devotion" 1976 Seminary Talk transcript and photo

    Land 'O Lakes, Wisconsin, the first of what would become a regular talk to students at the Vajradhatu Seminaries. The theme was always on the relationship of the student to the vajrayana teacher and teachings, and especially how to rouse and work with devotion on the path. There is also a group photo taken at the Seminary.

    Devotion - Working with the Vajra Master Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 21, 1976

    Land 'O Lakes Wisconsin, King's Gate Hotel

    Group Photo of the 1976 Seminary
    Photo Blair Hansen. Used by permission, November 21, 1976

    King's Gate Hotel, Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin

    Circa December 1976
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  17. "Beyond Territory" Seminar, four talks and two unpublished poems, "Boston Tea Party" and "Transportation"

    Boston, Massachusetts, the poems were written in Cambridge just after.

    Beyond Territory Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 4, 1977

    Boston, Massachusetts

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    Beyond Territory Seminar Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 5, 1977

    Boston, Massachusetts

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    Beyond Territory Seminar Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 6, 1977

    Boston, Massachusetts

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    Beyond Territory Seminar Talk 4
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 7, 1977

    Boston, Massachusetts

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    "Boston Tea Party" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 9, 1977

    Cambridge, Nassachusetts

    Poem, unpublished draft
    "Transportation" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 9, 1977

    Cambridge, Massachuesetts

    Poem, unpublished draft
  18. "Entering the Path of Enlightenment" Seminar, Shrine Blessing and "A Capitol Vision" and "Friendly Skies," two unpublished poems

    Three talks in the seminar, one poem written during the visit and one on the departing flight, Washington, D.C.

    Entering the Path of Enlightenment Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 11, 1977

    Washington, D.C.

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    Entering the Path of Enlightenment Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 12, 1977

    Washington, D.C.

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    Entering the Path of Enlightenment Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 13, 1977

    Washington, D.C.

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    Entering the Path of Enlightenment - Shrine Blessing
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 13, 1977

    Washington, D.C.

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    "A Capitol Vision." Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 11, 1977

    Washington, D.C.

    Poem, unpublished draft
    "Friendly Skies" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 14, 1977

    United Flight #167

    Poem, unpublished draft
  19. "Orphans of the Kagyu Lineage" Community Talk

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

    Orphans of the Kagyü Lineage
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 25, 1977

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

    Community Talk
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  20. "Vision of the Mahayana" Seminar and "April Fool" a poem

    Four talks, Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado, the poem written the first day.

    Vision of the Mahayana Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 1, 1977

    Karma Dzong Boulder, Colorado

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    Vision of the Mahayana Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 4, 1977

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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    Vision of the Mahayana Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 4, 1977

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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    Vision of the Mahayana Talk 4
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 5, 1977

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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    "April Fool" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 1, 1977

    Boulder, Colorado

    Poem published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006.
  21. "Buddhist Practice in Everyday Life" Seminar and unpublished poem "Mangy Dog"

    Three talks, Karmê Choling, Barnet, Vermont and a poem written during the weekend

    Buddhist Practice in Everyday Life Talk 1: The Wheel of Life
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 15, 1977

    Karmé Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Buddhist Practice in Everyday Life Talk 2: Precious Human Birth
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 16, 1977

    Karmé Chöling, barnet, Vermont

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    Buddhist Practice in Everyday Life Talk 3: The Lonely Journey of Individual Salvation
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 17, 1977

    Karmé Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    "Mangy Dog" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 16, 1977

    Karmé Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

    Poem, unpublished draft
  22. "Stepping Through an Open Doorway" Seminar, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremonies, and "Redwood Claustophobia" and "Skol," two unpublished poems

    Six talks on shamatha, vipashana and the entrance to the mahayana path, Mendocino, California.

    "Redwood Claustrophobia" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 7, 1977

    Mendocino, Caifornia

    Poem, unpublished draft
    "Skol" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 12, 1977

    Mendocino, California

    Poem, unpublished draft
    Refuge Vow Ceremony
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 8, 1977

    Mendocino, California

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    Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 8, 1977

    Mendocino, California

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    Stepping Through An Open Doorway Talk 1: Mindfulness Practice
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 6, 1977

    Mendocino, California

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    Stepping Through An Open Doorway Talk 2: Aspects of Shamatha Practice
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 9, 1977

    Mendocino, California

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    Stepping Through An Open Doorway Talk 3: Attributes of Vipashyana
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 11, 1977

    Mendocino, California

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    Stepping Through An Open Doorway Talk 4: The Practice of Vipashyana
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 12, 1977

    Mendocino, California

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    Stepping Through An Open Doorway Talk 5: The Link Between Vipashyana Experience and the Mahayana Path
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 14, 1977

    Mendocino, California

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    Stepping Through An Open Doorway Talk 6: The Open Doorway to the Bodhisattva Path
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 15, 1977

    Mendocino, California

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  23. "Discipline and Delight" Public Talk and "Deluxe No 1," "Two Plus One" and "Whimsy Vineyard," three unpublished poems

    Santa Barbara, California, the poems written the day after.

    Discipline and Delight Public Talk
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 21, 1977

    Santa Barbara, California

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    "Deluxe No 1" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 22, 1977

    Santa Barbara, California

    Poem, unpublished draft
    "Two Plus One" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 22, 1977

    Santa Barbara, California

    Poem, unpublished Draft
    "Whimsy Vineyard" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 22, 1977

    Santa Barbara, California

    Poem, unpublished draft
  24. Community Talk Boulder: On Shambhala Training

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

    On Shambhala Training
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 29, 1977

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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  25. "Marpa: the Fruition of Mahamudra in Everyday Life" Seminar

    Five talks, Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather lakes, Colorado.

    Marpa Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 22, 1977

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

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    Marpa Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 23, 1977

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

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    Marpa Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 24, 1977

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

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    Marpa Talk 4
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 26, 1977

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

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    Marpa Talk 5
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 27, 1977

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

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  26. "Transforming Confusion into Wisdom" Seminar Austin, "People and Ideas" TV Interview video, and "Nobody Knows" and "Yellow Rose," two unpublished poems

    Three talks, the interview on Austin Television station KLRN the day before, the two poems were written during the seminar weekend.

    People and Ideas TV Interview
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 4, 1977

    Austin, Texas.

    Used with permission.
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    Transforming Confusion Into Wisdom Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 4, 1977

    Austin, Texas

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    Transforming Confusion Into Wisdom Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 5, 1977

    Austin, Texas

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    Transforming Confusion Into Wisdom Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 6, 1977

    Austin, Texas

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    "Nobody Knows" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 5, 1977

    Austin Texas

    Poem written the second day of the Seminar, "Transforming Confusion into Wisdom."
    unpublished draft
    "Yellow Rose" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 5, 1977

    Austin, Texas

    Poem written the second day of the Seminar, "Transforming Confusion into Wisdom."
    unpublished draft
  27. On His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and photos

    Audio of an interview for a magazine, circa 1977-78, Berkeley, the photo of His Holiness and the Vajra Regent taken after the cremation ceremony for Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1987, and an eralier photo of the two of them.

    An interview for a magazine on His Holiness extraordinary qualities
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,

    Berkeley

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    The Vajra Regent and His Holiness at the Vidyadhara's cremation ceremony.
    Photo Michael Wood, May 26, 1987

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    His Holiness Dilgo Kyhentse Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent
    photographer unknown,

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  28. "New Ears" 1978 Seminary Talk, audio and transcript

    Introduced, witnessed, and with occasional comments by the Vidyadhara, this contains pith instruction on hearing vajrayana teachings.

    New Ears, 1978 Seminary Talk Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 20, 1978

    The Balsams Hotel, Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

    New Ears 1978 Seminary Talk
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 21, 1978

    Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

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  29. Regent's Open Golf Tournament

    The tournament occurred during the Naropa Institute Summer session of that year, at the Lake Valley Golf Club, north of Boulder. The Open was a celebration and a fundraiser of the Regent's Club, which was an organization founded to help community members and situations that needed funding. It's activity became the Shambhala Trust in 1985. The tournament date is very approximate. The photos are shown on this page and subsequent days on the Timeline, but they were all taken the same day.

    Regent's Open Golf Tournament - 'Big Golf'
    Photo Robert del Tredici, July 15, 1978

    Lake Valley Golf Club

    Date is approximate.
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  30. Regent's Open Golf Tournament

    Regent's Open Golf Tournament Photo 1
    Photo Robert del Tredici, July 15, 1978

    Lake Valley Golf Club

    Taken during a lightning strike warning.
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    Regent's Open Golf Tournament Photo 2
    Photo Robert del Tredici, July 15, 1978

    Lake Valley Golf Club

    Date is approximate
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  31. Regent's Open Golf Tournament

    With his son Anthony

    Regent's Open Golf Tournament Photo 3
    Photo Robert del Tredici, July 15, 1978

    Lake Valley Golf Club

    With his son Anthony. Date is approximate.
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  32. "Celebrating Toast" Poem

    Written at the retreat place of Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, during his year-long retreat in 1978.

    During that time he entrusted the leadership of all his centers to the Vajra Regent.

    "Celebrating Toast" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 16, 1978

    Charlemont, Massachusetts

    Poem, published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006.
  33. Maitri Center 'Compassion" Talk

    Maitri Center, Wingdale, New York

    Compassion
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 17, 1978

    Maitri Center, Wingdale, New York

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  34. "Wasting Time" Poem

    Written in response to a letter from Mary Lang, a student who was a professional photographer who the Vajra Regent regarded as his photography teacher.
    Boulder, Colorado

    "Wasting Time" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 15, 1979

    Boulder, Colorado

    Poem, published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006
  35. "Meditation in Action" Seminar 1979 Chicago, and "Vintage" and "Supplication" two unpublished poems

    Three talks, Chicago, Illinois, the first of five seminars on this theme, all in March 1979, the four subsequent seminars in Austin, Miami, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. The two poems were written the day before and the day of the first talk..

    Meditation in Action Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 6, 1979

    Chicago, Illinois

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    Meditation in Action Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 7, 1979

    Chicago, Illinois

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    Meditation in Action Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 8, 1979

    Chicago, Illinois

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    "Vintage" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 5, 1979

    Chicago, Illinois

    Poem, unpublished draft
    "Supplication" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 6, 1979

    Chicago, Illinois

    Poem, unpublished draft
  36. Photo - circa late 70's

    Karmê Choling, Barnet, Vermont

    Photo circa late 1970's
    Photo Robert del Tredici, April 10, 1979

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vemont

    Date is approximate
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  37. 1979 Seminary Talk "Entering the Guru's World"

    Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

    1979 Seminary Talk "Entering the Guru's World"
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 8, 1979

    Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

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    1979 Seminary Talk "Entering the Guru's World" transcript Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 8, 1979

    Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

  38. "Life and Teachings of Naropa" Seminar, Los Angeles, audio and transcripts,"Co-Fraternal Doha" unpublished poem, and Shrine Blessing, Santa Barbara

    Four talks of the seminar given in Los Angeles, much of it taught in pandita style, commenting on each line of Naropa's biography. Transcript drafts are included. The Shrine blessing was given May 24,1979 in Santa Barbara.

    Life and Teachings of Naropa Seminar Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 18, 1979

    Los Angeles, California

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    Life and Teachings of Naropa Seminar Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 19, 1979

    Los Angeles, California

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    Life and Teachings of Naropa Seminar Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 20, 1979

    Los Angeles, Californiia

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    Life and Teachings of Naropa Seminar Talk 4
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 21, 1979

    Los Angeles, California

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    Shrine Blessing, Santa Barbara
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 24, 1979

    Santa Barbara, California

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    Life and Teachings of Naropa Seminar Talk 1 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 18, 1979

    Los Angeles, California

    Life and Teachings of Naropa Seminar Talk 2 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 19, 1979

    Los Angeles, California

    Life and Teachings of Naropa Seminar Talk 3 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 20, 1979

    Los Angeles, California

    Life and Teachings of Naropa Seminar Talk 4 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 21, 1979

    Los Angeles, California

    "Co-Fraternal Doha" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, Stephen Baker, May 19, 1979

    Los Angerles, California

    Poem, unpublished draft
  39. "Mismatched/Mixmatched" wedding poem and calligraphy

    Gifts made for the same occasion, the poem was written days before the wedding and the calligraphy executed afterwards.

    "Mismatched/Mixmatched," wedding gift poem Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 26, 1980

    Los Angeles, California

    Written for the wedding of close friends Barbara McClellan and Danny Mann, published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006.
    Wedding Gift Calligraphy
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 26, 1980

    Boulder, Colorado

    Execution date is approximate
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  40. Letter to the 1980 Vajradhatu Seminary

    That year was the first time the Vajra Regent was unable to attend the seminary in person. To fulfill one of his roles, that of helping to prepare students to enter the Vajrayana teachnings, he wrote a letter to the seminary participants detailing his initial meetings with Trungpa Rinpoche.

    Letter Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 21, 1980

    Paso Robles, California

  41. Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony and three poems "Journey Through a Practitioner's Mind," and "One Shot" and "Ruptured Song," both unpublished.

    At a Meditation Instructor's Conference at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, the poems written the same day.

    "Journey Through a Practitioner's Mind" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, June 1, 1980

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    Poem, unpublished draft
    "One Shot" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, June 1, 1980

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    Poem, unpublished draft
    "Ruptured Song" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, June 1, 1980

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    Poem, unpublished draft
    Bodhisattva Vows
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, June 1, 1980

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

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  42. "Wisdom of Compassion" Seminar and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

    Four Talks and Vow Ceremony, Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont.

    Wisdom of Compassion Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 24, 1980

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Wisdom of Compassion Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 25, 1980

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Wisdom of Compassion Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 27, 1980

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Wisdom of Compassion Talk 4
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 28, 1980

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 26, 1980

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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  43. Padma Committee Meeting

    The Padma Committee was established to help members of the community and others, via communal events and individual hospitality. Discussed are how to develop continuous generosity, obstacles to that, how to work with the environment in the beginning, middle and end, and an extensive Q & A, March 9, 1981, Boulder

    Padma Committee Meeting
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 9, 1981

    Private Residence, Boulder, Colorado

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  44. "Aggression: The Ground of Psychosis," from the Naropa Institute Psychology Symposium

    Boulder, Colorado

    Aggression: The Ground of Psychosis
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 24, 1981

    Boulder, Colorado

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    Aggression: The Ground of Psychosis Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 24, 1981

    Boulder, Colorado

    Unedited draft, unpublished.
  45. "Living with the Challenge" poem

    Boulder, Colorado

    "Living with the Challenge" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 18, 1982

    Boulder, Colorado

    To Lady Lila Rich on her birthday
    Poem, published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006
  46. "Generosity: Transcending the Boundaries of Self" Seminar, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremonies and a Public Talk

    Three talks and two vow ceremonies, Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont, and a public talk Hanover, New Hampshire.

    Generosity: Transcending the Boundaries of Self Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 3, 1982

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

    Notes: Self” defined as the perception of one’s separateness from their environment and others – a mistaken awareness arising out of fear due to ignorance, The transcendence of ignorance and of territoriality and lack of generosity is the path to enlightenment.
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    Generosity: Transcending the Boundaries of Self Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 4, 1982

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

    Notes:
    Transcending fixation on self is the practice of generosity,
    Fruition is complete transcendence of reference to self,
    Three types of confidence arise from generosity:
    1. Faith in the truth that suffering arising out of ignorance.
    2. Conviction in the real possibility of enlightenment.
    3. Confidence in the three jewels as the vehicle to achieve enlightenment.
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    Generosity: Transcending the Boundaries of Self Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 6, 1982

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Refuge Vow Ceremony
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 5, 1982

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 12, 1982

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Public Talk
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 7, 1982

    Hanover, Vermont

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  47. Buddha-Stupa calligraphy and a photo

    The calligraphy is from the Vajra Regent's office in Boulder, executed after studying material on the meaning and architecture of stupas. The photo is of the Vidyadhara taken by the Vajra Regent.

    Calligraphy
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 16, 1983

    Karma Dzong

    Courtesy of David Sanford
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    Photo of the Vidyadhara taken by the Vajra Regent
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, courtesy of Mary Lang,

    Place and date unknown

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  48. "Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand" Seminar Boulder

    Three talks, on a tour after the publication of his book of the same name, Boulder.

    Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 4, 1983

    Boulder, Colorado

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    Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 5, 1983

    Boulder, Colorado

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    Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 6, 1983

    Boulder, Colorado

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  49. Public Talk

    In New York City at the Ethical Culture Society.

    Public Talk New York City
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 22, 1983

    Ethical Culture Society

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  50. "Space, Time and Energy" Seminar, Refuge Vow Ceremony, a Group Interview and a calligraphy

    Three talks describing the three kayas in an accessible and profound way, this seminar is published in book form. The group interview was given during the weekend.

    Talk 1, Space
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 1, 1983

    Karmé-Chöling Barnet, Vermont

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    Talk 2, Time
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 2, 1983

    Karmé-Chöling Barnet, Vermont

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    Talk 3, Energy
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 4, 1983

    Karmé-Chöling Barnet, Vermont

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    Group Interview
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 3, 1983

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

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    Refuge Vow Ceremony
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 4, 1983

    Karmê Chöling, Bernet, Vermont

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    Circle calligraphy used on the book cover
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,

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  51. Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony and "Mahamudra Poem" unpublished poem

    Vow Ceremony July 10, the poem July 9, 1983, for Dan Meade, Boulder, Colorado

    Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 10, 1983

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vemont

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    "Mahamudra Poem" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 9, 1983

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

    unpublished draft
  52. Haiku Exchange

    A haiku from the Vajra Regent to the Vidyadhara, and the Vidyadhara's reply sent back the same day.

    "Haiku and Response" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, August 16, 1983

    Boulder, Colorado

    In August, 1983, the Vajra Regent sent a message to Trungpa Rinpoche in the form of a poem titled “Haiku.” The same evening, he received a reply from Trungpa Rinpoche, in haiku form as well, written on his residence letterhead and signed “D.D. of Mukpo.” Published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006.

  53. Marrying Mountains Calligraphy

    Executed during a pilgrimage to Japan in the Fall of 1983 with the Vidyadhara and many students, the date is approximate.

    Two Mountains
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,

    Japan

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  54. "Peace and Aggression" Seminar

    Three talks, two by the Vajra Regent and one by Jeremy Hayward, Naropa Institute.

    Peace and Aggression Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 13, 1984

    Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado

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    Peace and Aggression Talk 2
    Jeremy Hayward, January 14, 1984

    Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado

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    Peace and Aggression Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 15, 1984

    Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado

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  55. "Shambhala Training Level I" Audio, Transcripts and a Great Eastern Sun Calligraphy

    The only Level I taught by the Vajra Regent.

    Shambhala Training Level I Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 10, 1984

    Boulder, Colorado

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    Shambhala Training Level I Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 11, 1984

    Boulder, Colorado

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    Shambhala Training Level I Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 12, 1980

    Boulder, Colorado

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    Shambhala Training Level I Talk 1 Transcript Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 10, 1984

    Boulder, Colorado

    Shambhala Training Level I Talk 2 Transcript Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 11, 1984

    Boulder, Colorado

    Shambhala Training Level I Talk 3 Transcript Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 12, 1984

    Boulder, Colorado

    Great Eastern Sun Calligraphy
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,

    Date and place of execution unknown

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  56. "Path of Radiant Wisdom" Seminar audio and transcripts

    Six talks, one talk includes refuge vows and one talk given by Don Milani, Orcas Island, Washington.

    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" Seminar Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 28, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

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    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" Seminar Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 29, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

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    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" Seminar Talk 3 and Refuge Vows
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 30, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

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    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" Seminar Talk 4
    Don Milani, May 2, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

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    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" Seminar Talk 5
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 4, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

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    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" Seminar Talk 6
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 5, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

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    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" seminar talk 1 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 28, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

    unpublished draft
    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" seminar talk 2 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 29, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

    unpublished draft
    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" seminar talk 3 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 30, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

    unpublished draft
    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" seminar talk 4 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 2, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

    unpublished draft
    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" seminar talk 6 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 5, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

    unpublished draft
    "Path of Radiant Wisdom" seminar talk 5 Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 4, 1984

    Orcas Island, Washington

    unpublished draft
  57. "Path of the Noble Ones" Public Talk

    At a Dharmadhatu

    Public Talk - Path of the Noble Ones
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 30, 1984

    A Dharmadhatu, place not known

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  58. Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

    December 29, 1985, Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado.

    Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 29, 1984

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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  59. Shambhala Day Talk 1985

    The Vidyadhara was on retreat that year, determined to remain there for Shambhala Day, and asked the Vajra Regent to give the address. In addition to statements of vision and encouragement, the final remark is a reference to a line from a movie, then currently known to many sangha members: "Buckaroo Banzai."

    Shambhala Day Address
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 20, 1985

    Dorje Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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  60. 1985 Seminary talk "Connecting with the Teacher," video and transcript

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center

    1985 Seminary Hinayana Talk: Connecting with the Teacher
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 19, 1985

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

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    1985 Seminary Talk "Connecting with the Teacher" transcript Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, July 19, 1985

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

  61. "On Being Evicted" poem

    Written at Chateau Kirby, the name given to the Vajra Regent’s residence while at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center during the 1986 Vajradhatu Seminary.

    This poem was composed after the Vajra Regent received a message from Vidyadhara the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, saying that he had decided to move to Halifax, Nova Scotia ahead of schedule and would need to stay in the Vajra Regent’s newly-renovated residence.

    "On Being Evicted" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 5, 1986

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado


    Poem, published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006
  62. First Shambhala Open Golf Tournament

    Just before teeing off, at what was then the #1 course in Canada - Highland Links, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

    Shambhala Open
    Photo Julie DuBose, September 13, 1986

    Highland Links, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

    "After playing, we went to the Keltic Lodge on the rock cliff of a small peninsula bordering the course for dinner
    and after, there was a Gershwin pianist at the grand where we gathered and sang." note by Scott Forbes
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  63. "Four Instructions for Meditation Practice" Doha

    For a few people from Cleveland who had taken Refuge Vows with him in Halifax. The date of the Vow Ceremony is unknown. The original document scan and the re-typed Doha are included.

    Four Instructions for Meditation Practice original memo Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 20, 1986

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Four Instructions for Meditation Practice re-typed Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, September 20, 1986

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

  64. Community talk video, Aspiration chant, and a poem written after the Cremation Ceremony of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    A talk for the sangha after the Cremation Ceremony of the Vidyadhara in Lyndonville, Vermont in video and audio, the supplication "Rain Clouds of Wisdom" and poem "Endless Recollection," both written the day afterwards, and the parinirvana announcement letter to the sangha by the Vajra Regent.

    "Rainclouds of Wisdom" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 26, 1987

    Peacham, Vermont

    Poem published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006.
    "Endless Recollection" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 26, 1987

    Peacham, Vermont

    Poem published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006.
    Community Talk
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 27, 1987

    Lyndonville, Vermont

    For the Sangha after the Cremation of the Vidyadhara
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    Letter to the Sangha Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 4, 1987

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    The letter from the Vajra Regent announcing the parinirvana of the Vidyadhara with comments from the Namthar.
    Community talk after Cremation
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, May 27, 1987

    Lyndonville, Vermont

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  65. "Open Way: La Voie Ouverte" Montreal, public talk, "Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior" seminar, and three calligraphies

    A public talk and three talk seminar given in Montreal, Quebec - the same series was taught next in Toronto and Vancouver. The calligraphies were executed during the visit.

    Sacred Path of the Warrior Seminar Talk 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 30, 1987

    Montreal, Quebec

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    Sacred Path of the Warrior Seminar Talk 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 31, 2016

    Montreal, Quebec

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    Sacred Path of the Warrior Seminar Talk 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 1, 1987

    Montreal, Quebec

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    Open Way: La Voie Ouverte Public Talk
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 29, 1987

    Montreal, Quebec

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    Abstract Calligraphy 1
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 30, 1987

    Montreal, Quebec

    Executed during this teaching visit to Montreal.
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    Abtract Calligraphy 2
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 30, 1987

    Montreal, Quebec

    Executed during this teaching visit to Montreal.
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    Abstract Calligraphy 3
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, October 30, 1987

    Montreal, Quebec

    Executed during this teaching visit to Montreal.
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  66. "The Open Way" Public Talk Milwaukee, video and transcript

    A public talk on the Mahayana path, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    The Open Way
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 19, 1987

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    "The Open Way" transcript Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 19, 1987

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    unpublished draft
  67. "Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior," Afterword to the book

    Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior Afterword Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, November 27, 1987

    Karmê Chöling, Barnet, Vermont

  68. "Meditation: The Practice of Being"

    A talk to the Burlington Dharmadhatu - Basic space as personal experience and the ground of being.

    Meditation: The Practice of Being Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 2, 1987

    Burlington, Vermont

    Practice of Being
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, December 2, 1987

    Burlington, Vermont

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  69. Recalling the Guru's Instructions

    A talk to the Karma Dzong community in the period after the parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, audio, video and a transcript

    Community Talk: Recalling the Guru's Instructions Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 23, 1988

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

    "Recalling the Guru's Instructions"
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 23, 1988

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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    "Recalling the Guru's Instructions" Video
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 23, 1988

    Karma Dzong, Boulder, Colorado

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  70. Shambhala Day Address 1988

    February 18, 1988, Halifax

    Shambhala Day Address 1988
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 18, 1988

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  71. "Talk to Teenagers" audio and transcript

    Given March 4, 1988 Halifax. "I might discuss a little bit how we became involved in all of this Buddhism and Shambala and maybe what attracted us as parents to this discipline..."

    Talk to Teenagers
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, March 4, 1988

    Boulder, Colorado

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    Talk to Teenagers Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 4, 1988

    Karma Dzong, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    unpublished, unedited draft
  72. "Song of Cheerfulness" poem and photo

    Written at Dawa Sangpo House, the Vajra Regent’s residence while visiting the Dharmadhatu in Boston, Massachusetts.
    Dawa Sangpo was the name of the first dharma king of Shambhala. His name means “good moon.” It connotes the principle of “basic goodness.”

    "Song of Cheerfulness" Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, January 17, 1989

    Newton, Massachusetts

    Poem, published in "Like Water Poured into Water" Satdharma Press 2006.
    Photo 1989-1990
    Place and photographer unknown,

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  73. Four Calligraphies

    The first and last below were executed at Shantigar, circa 1989-1990. The Dragon and Harmony calligraphies' place and date of execution are unknown.

    Flowers
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 1, 1990

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

    Date is approximate
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    Dragon
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 7, 1990

    Courtesy Dr. Joseph Parent, date is approximate
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    Vajrayogini Abstract
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, February 7, 1990

    Shantigar, Ojai, California circa 1989-1990

    Date is approximate.
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    Harmony is Fearlessness
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,

    Unknown

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  74. Barbecue Talk and Toast to the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, video, audio and transcript

    Before the Vajra Regent entered retreat in 1990 he hosted a western-style barbecue for the sangha at Shantigar, his seat in Ojai, California, video of the talk, audio and transcript of the toast.

    Toast to the Vidyadhara
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 10, 1990

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

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    Barbecue Talk, "About the Belt"
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 10, 1990

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

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    Barbecue Toast Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, April 10, 1990

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

  75. Photos from Shantigar 1989-1990

    Holding Julian
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,

    Shantighar, Ojai, California

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    Portrait
    Photo Lourdes Alvarez, May 1, 1990

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

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    Smile
    Photo Lourdes Alvarez, May 1, 1990

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

    date approximate
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    New Year's Eve, reading from "First Thought, Best Thought."
    Photo Nina Toumanoff, December 31, 1989

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

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    New Year's Eve Toast
    Photo Nina Toumanoff,

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

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  76. Parinirvana

    The Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin died in San Francisco at Pacific Presbyterian Hospital this day. The transcript below describes the care and extraordinary experience of the Vajra Regent's dying process by his dharma heir Patrick Sweeney Trimé Lhawang, as well as other lineage teachers who came in support, the samadhi (meditative state) after his death, and Lama Lodru's video interview which describes his own experience there and its ongoing inspiration for him and his students. There is a movie of slides from the cremation ceremony, a separate photo of the double rainbow that spontaneously appeared during the cremation, and another taken during the Vajra Regent's samadhi.

    Interview with Lama Lodru
    Lama Lodru, May 5, 2012

    Burnaby, BC

    Lama Lodru discusses his experiences of this event as an essential teaching for students of the Kagyü Lineage in the West.
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    Slides of the Cremation Ceremony
    Photographer Marvin Moore, Used by permission, September 1, 1990

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

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    2011 parinirvana talk excerpt Patrick Sweeney, August 27, 2011

    Pullahari Retreat Center

    A description of the process and experience of the Vajra Regent's death and samadhi by his main student and dharma heir.
    Rainbow
    Photo Michael Rich, September 1, 1990

    Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    A recollection:

    "At the Regent’s cremation, I was on duty with Lady Rich as her kusung. After the fire in the purkhang had been lit, the weather was dismal. There were black clouds and it was pouring rain.

    I asked the other kusung to take over and I went behind the head tent and stood in the rain waiting for a rainbow. I just knew there would be one.

    Right on cue, the clouds parted enough and the most brilliant full rainbow I’ve ever seen occurred with a full secondary rainbow. The colours were so intense, that the first primary colours (red, orange and yellow) duplicated themselves on the outside of the primary rainbow.

    I went to the front of the tent, told Lady Rich and we went to the back and raised the back wall so all the dignitaries in the tent could see it."


    Jason Parkhill
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    Kudung whole room view
    Photo David Sanford, September 1, 1990

    San Francisco Dharmadhatu

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  77. Informal Photos

    Date Unknown

    T-shirt, luminous
    Photo Allyn Lyon,

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

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    Luminous with Smile
    Photo Allyn Lyon,

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

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  78. V. V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Talk at Shantigar, audio, transcript and photo

    In 1995 Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche visited the Ojai sangha at Shantigar, Ojai, California, There he gave the Cakrasamvara Abisheka to senior students.

    Afterwords there were several days of small group discussions and lunches while the practice instructions were given.

    The day after that he gave a community talk articulating his view of the Vidyadhara's significance and legacy, the Vajra Regent's particular importance in that, and why it was essential to continue to preserve and share the Vajra Regent's teachings.

    The work of the Library and the Timeline originated from students' devotion and this talk.

    The Legacy of Vidyahara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin V. V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, September 18, 1995

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

    V. V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Talk at Shantigar, Audio
    V.V. Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, September 18, 1995

    Shantigar, Oaji, California

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    V.V. Thrangu Rinpoche in Ojai
    Photo Ladye Eugenia Stewart, May 18, 1995

    Shantigar, Ojai, California

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  79. "Ask the Vajra Regent," 20th Year Parinirvana Anniversary Commemoration Video

    'Ask the Vajra Regent'
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, August 25, 2010

    Questions and Answers
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  80. 25th Year Parinirvana Anniversary Commemoration Video

    A video compllation of talk excerpts and extended exchanges with students.

    25th parinirvana commemoration compilation video
    Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,

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  81. Namthar: a brief biography of the Vajra Regent's spiritual life

    Extended Biography Compiled by Joseph Parent, May 1, 2000

    Ojai, California

    Date is approximate
  82. Acknowledgments



    Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin,
    Patrick Sweeney Trimé Lhawang, Lady Lila Rich.


    Major startup donors:
    Ms. Maryanne de Goede, Mrs. Patty Ronca, Mrs. Avida Moses, Mr. Donn Tatum, Mrs. Terry Colosi, Mr. Edward Zaron, Mr. Martin Miller,
    Mr. Ravinder Rai.

    And many continuing donors

    Advisors:
    Mr. and Mrs. Eric and Donna Holm, Dr. Joseph Parent, Mrs. Jacqueline Saunders, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas and Martha Espeset, Mr. Mike Smith,
    Mr. Edward Zaron.


    Software Developer
    Beezwax Datatools, Inc.


    Visualizer and Producer
    Mr. Robert Krupnick

    Boulder, Colorado 1988

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