About the Project

The project was undertaken as part of the Digital Text and Image Collections course (ARST 556P), taught by Dr. Richard Arias-Hernandez, in Winter 2017. Sam Mickelson and Devon Mordell, graduate students in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, scanned the archival materials and created the web interface for the collection in collaboration with Ms. Abato.


We wish to thank a number of individuals who have made this project possible.

Ms. Abato

Ms. Abato wishes to thank Professor Agehananda Bharati, former chair of the Anthropology Department at Syracuse University, for introducing her to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Ms. Abato also wishes to thank her thesis advisor from Indiana University, Thubten Jigme Norbu (older brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

Sam and Devon

Firstly, we wish to express our deep gratitude to Ms. Abato, who generously offered her collection to be digitized. We also wish to thank Geoff Bannoff, Sandy Brooks, and Betty Rongae from the Vancouver Shambhala Centre, all of whom made the connection with Ms. Abato possible. Thank you also to Carolyn Gimian and Diana J. Mukpo for granting us permission to digitize works belonging to the estate of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Finally, we wish to thank Dr. Richard Arias-Hernandez for his passionate instruction and support throughout the duration of this project. We hope that the collection serves as a resource and inspiration to Shambhala practitioners and anyone else interested in the materials.

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