Shambhala teacher Paul Warwick dies

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Via the Shambhala Sun:

Shambhala teacher Paul Warwick dies

Shambhala teacher Paul Warwick died at his home in Bellingham, Washington, on February 2. He was a mentor to many in the Shambhala community, serving in numerous capacities across the organization since meeting Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. With his wife, Acharya Jenny Warwick, he helped establish the Kootenay Shambhala Centre in Nelson, British Columbia (the oldest Shambhala center in the Pacific Northwest), as well as the Vancouver Shambhala Centre. He was Head of Practice and Study at Karme Choling meditation center in Barnet, Vermont, from 1987 to 1990, during which time he also taught at the famed Vajradhatu Seminaries.

Warwick helped found the Bellingham Shambhala Center in the 1990s. In recent years he taught a two-day program around the country, entitled “Wake Up and Die Right.” A Sukhavati ceremony to celebrate Paul’s life and help on his journey took place at the Bellingham Shambhala Center on Tuesday.

Posted on: February 14, 2013 – 3:51 pm

Via the Bellingham Herald:

Born in Seattle, beloved only son of Mike and Dorothy, Paul grew up in Claremont, California. He attended Princeton University on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in Philosophy in 1959, then immediately embarked on his long and happy marriage with Jenny. He studied English Literature at Claremont Graduate School and Indiana University, specializing in the Romantic poets. In later years he earned a TESOL certificate at Seattle University. His career included teaching at University of Montana and Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, from which he retired in 2003. He also worked for a time as a housing consultant in San Francisco and as a Buddhist retreat center director in Vermont. Indeed, for the last 40 years, Paul’s central vocation was as a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, teacher, and meditation instructor, most recently at the Shambhala Center in Bellingham, where services were held for him on 2/5/13. Paul had a passion for life, family, friendship, conversation, teaching, poetry, philosophy, mountains, water, boats, football, photography, good food, and every kind of beauty. He met death as he had lived his life–fearlessly, consciously, and in the arms of his family. He is survived by his wife, Jenny, his daughters Julia, Katie, and Anna, sons-in-law Lynn and Peter, grandchildren Celsiana and Dashiell, and many other extended family members and dear friends. Donations may be made in his memory to the Shambhala Center,

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