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Tonglen for Poland and Her People

Dear Sangha,

Please, remember in your practice those who died this morning in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia, including Poland’s top authorities: the President, his wife, ministers, senators, Parliament deputies, military commanders, bishops, NGO and charity leaders. Over 80 people. They went to Russia to pay homage to over twenty thousand Polish teachers, officers and intellectuals shot dead in the back of their heads by Russian communists at Katyn and other locations during World War II. Now they are all dead.

We are stunned here. People are crying in the streets.

With thanks and appreciation,

Robert Sudol

Here is a video from Wirtualna Polska, a Polish news service, of the return of the President’s body to Poland. The profound sadness of the Polish people is embodied in this musical tribute.

Here is President Richard Reoch’s reply:

Robert Sudol,
Shambhala Poland.

Dear Robert,

Please let the members of our Shambhala family in Poland know, on behalf of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the entire Shambhala Mandala, that we are holding you all in our hearts, prayers and practice. I am sending this to you from a retreat of the Kalapa Council, the highest governing body of the Shambhala mandala: all of us on the council send you our deepest sympathy and also much warmth of spirit at this time of national tragedy.

With every good wish at this poignant time,


Richard Reoch
President of Shambhala

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