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Sakyong Wangmo Attending Ripa Opening; Secretaries Appointed

Jul 20, 2012

The Sakyong Wangmo Dechen Choying Sangmo and Jetsun Drukmo Mukpo have departed Halifax to attend the grand opening of the Ripa International Center in Ried, Switzerland. His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche and Lhuntrul Rinpoche will preside over the opening ceremonies, of this, the first Ripa centre in the West.

The Sakyong Wangmo will present a letter from the Sakyong, which reads, in part: "For many years, I have felt it is important for the Ripa lineage to have a seat in the West, a place from which the teachings of Gesar of Ling could be propagated, particularly at this time, when the world needs greater courage and fearlessness in recognizing human goodness."

The Sakyong Wangmo and Jetsun Drukmo will be accompanied by Christoph Schoenherr, Director of Shambhala Europe and Kalapa Envoy to Europe, who will offer a gift on behalf of Shambhala: a Tibetan calligraphy by the Druk Sakyong: "druk" (dragon).

The Sakyong Wangmo's Secretary, Basia Solarz, is pleased to announce, on her behalf, the appointment of Regional Secretaries to the Sakyong Wangmo. Please contact these individuals for communications to the Sakyong Wangmo:

Lady Jane Ward, London and environs:
Ms Sarah Sutherland, Boulder and environs:
Ms Katherine Lieberson, New York and environs:
Ms Alexandra Kalinine, Paris and environs; Dechen Choling:
Ms Dana Marshall, Amsterdam and environs; Dechen Choling:
Ms Katrin Stelzel, Cologne and environs; Dechen Choling:

General communications to the Sakyong Wangmo may also be directed to Ms Solarz at Office of the Kalapa Court: , and postal correspondence may be sent to:

The Sakyong Wangmo, Dechen Choying Sangmo
The Office of the Kalapa Court
1084 Tower Road
Halifax, N.S.
B3H 2Y5

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)