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Letter from the Open Torii

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Note: This letter, originally posted at https://www.ldmletter.com/, is currently being translated. As other translations become available, they will be posted here.

Cheerful year of the Iron Ox to the Sangha of Warriors,

Last summer, Diana Mukpo convened a group to advise her on how best to support the dharma legacy of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We are part of that multigenerational group of teachers and practitioners who were asked to contemplate our sangha’s present circumstances and offer ideas about the road forward.

During the last several months, we met to discuss questions facing the future of the life’s work of Trungpa Rinpoche, and in particular the availability of his essential practice instructions and transmissions. The results of those discussions are presented in this letter, which is intended to be a first step and starting point for further dialogue and action.

First, to briefly clarify what we mean by “sangha.” During the Vidyadhara’s lifetime, his students formed a close-knit community, which held the forms, transmissions, and energy that he cultivated. Much has changed since then.

In the years following his death, his students moved in a number of different and complementary directions. Some chose to work closely with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Others moved in more independent directions, developing new sanghas in forms as varied as meditation groups, book clubs, study initiatives, and group retreats.

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