In a place called Halifax on a street called Barrington in a time of joyful promise, when we were all so much younger (or as yet unborn), a man we truly love, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, took brush to wall and wrote: I AM HERE MUKPO.
On April 4th, 2012, it was twenty-five years since his passing and thirty years since he made this proclamation. In honour of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the community that grew around him, the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project, together with the Shambhala Archives and the Halifax Shambhala Centre, sponsored an exhibit at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, located in Halifax. Great Eastern Sun: The Shambhala Community in Nova Scotia opened in early February and ran through April, as part of the museum’s Community Presents program.
There were also a number of spin-offs from the exhibit. The Halifax Regional Library produced bookmarks that featured publications relevant to the exhibit. Pier 21 also sponsored a workshop on meditation and one on contemplative photography.
The Great Eastern Sun exhibit was open to all free of charge. The Legacy Project raised $30,000 for the exhibit, including contributions from the Shambhala Trust, Shambhala Media, the Halifax Shambhala Centre, and many local groups, individuals and businesses.
What do we mean by community? This exhibit let us celebrate and explore where we have come from, who we are, where we’re going — and the tender heartedness of that journey.
We are a truly amazing family. And amazingly, many of us are still here — Just as he is. In all of us.
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