Reborn in Tibet

September 10th

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Room: Meditation Hall

Lee Weingrad, co-founder of the Berkeley Shambhala Center & active supporter of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Tibetan community will be showing two short films, one about the founding and continuation of the Dharma Sagara Clinic at Surmang, and one a message from the 12th Trungpa Rinpoche, Chokyi Sengay.

In 1987, after the cremation of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of his students went to Tibet to share the life and death of his guru and to visit the holy place of Surmang, Tibet. In a daring, illegal 4-wheel-drive road trip dressed in mufti, across Western China crossing the upper reaches of the Yangtze and Mekong Rivers, across dirt tracks, Lee achieved his dream. In its 400-year history, this trip marked the first time a foreigner had come to Surmang. In the shadow of this visit, Lee started Surmang Foundation in 1988. It has treated over 150,000 patient visits for free since its creation challenging the world-high infant and maternal mortality in this region. This presentation will illustrate in word and video the 20+ years of the functioning of the Dharma Sagara Clinic at Surmang. It will include a special message from the 12 th Trungpa Rinpoche, Chokyi Sengay. Lee Weingrad has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche since 1971 and has lived in Beijing, China since 1990 with his wife Wenjing Wang. They have two children in college, iana Cybelle and Joseph Chogyam. Lee is the founder of Dharma Sagara Clinic, Surmang Foundation and Surmang Foundation Canada.

All donations will go toward supporting the Surmang Foundation!

He will also have some "chatschekes" for sale.