On August 28th, Geshe Sopa Rinpoche went into clear light at Deer Park Buddhist Center. He is remembered for being instrumental in establishing academic study of Tibetan Buddhism in the west. He was a full time professor at the University of Wisconsin, where mentored many western scholars. He also established Deep Park Buddhist Center, invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama several times to the U.S., and wrote a 5 volume commentary on Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo (Steps on the Path to Enlightenment: A Commentary on Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo).

I remember being amazed at even at such an advanced age, he could quote and explain detailed passages from Buddhist sutras and commentaries with such ease. These quotations seemed to just fall down like raindrops. Even in his elder years, he seemed many years “sharper” than someone in their 20’s. Most importantly, his kindness to tirelessly spread teachings to the west is something I will remember.

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