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Compassion in a Chaotic World




Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche and John L. Caughey, Emeritus Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at University of Maryland College Park will be having a conversation on Compassion in a Chaotic World & Recognizing Spiritual Ancestry on October 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  

All donations will be donated to The Memorial Meditation Garden in Sam's honor at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery in Wappingers Falls, NY.  You can learn more about why the Maitreya Center is being built and take an aerial view by watching the videos below.






Sam's Memorial Meditation Garden


A peaceful and healing space to remember Sam will be created at Kagyu Thubten Choling monastery, and will provide a lasting tribute to Sam.


Your kind donation will help make this garden in Sam’s honor a reality, offering a place for Sam’s family and friends to reflect, to remember and to heal in an environment that symbolizes the vitality of Sam’s life.


The design has yet to be created, but we envision garden benches to provide areas in the garden for reflection, surrounded with plants and flowers, a fountain, and perhaps a bird bath or feeder.


The location will be on the southwest piece of the monastery’s property, overlooking the stupa (a monument dedicated to the Buddh’a enlightened activity) and the scenic Hudson River. Please join us in this tribute to Sam.


If you would like to donate, please click the button to the right.  You will be given the specify where your donation will be directed. We ask that you please designate it to: Sam's Memorial Meditation Garden.


The Maitreya Center

Building a Buddhist Monastery in the West 

The Maitreya Center at Kagyu Thubten Choling

About Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche



Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche, an accomplished Tibetan meditation and retreat master, is the abbot of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery in Wappingers Falls, NY and director of 23 affiliated centers in the eastern United States, Canada and Peru.

Born and raised in eastern Tibet, Lama Norlha Rinpoche entered the monastery at the age of five and received monastic ordination at fourteen. By the age of twenty-one, he had completed six years of retreat. During the communist invasion of Tibet, Rinpoche was captured and held in a prison camp for six months. In 1961 he escaped on foot across the Himalaya Mountains to India where he lived at a monastery for 14 years before coming to America at his teacher’s request. 

About Professor John L. Caughey

John L. Caughey is a Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Maryland College Park.  He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in English Literature from Harvard College.


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