Prepared by: Mindrolling International News Staff
Published: 22 September 2012
The Lotus Garden sangha is deeply saddened by the demise of our beloved vajra brother, Michael Roudette, who passed away on Saturday, 15 September, 2012, due to complications from diabetes.
Born in Manhattan on 17 February, 1950, Michael was a senior research librarian for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. His true vocation, however, was the path of practice. He was a devoted student of Trungpa Rinpoche, with whom he took refuge in 1976. After Trungpa Rinpoche’s death, Michael became one of the earliest and most committed western students of Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche. Along the way, he became a much loved and respected practitioner, teacher, and dharma guide.
During his last days in hospital, Michael had the great good fortune to have with him the prayers and physical presence of Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche; the prayers of His Holinesss the Dalai Lama, who was in residence at the Mindrolling Monastery at the time; and the prayers of the Mindrolling sanghas around the world. And during this sad time, the Lotus Garden sangha was blessed to have the on-going guidance of Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Jetsün Dechen Paldrön.
On 17 September, the Vajrasattava sadhana was performed and traditional observances for the deceased held at Lotus Garden. Michael's cremation took place in Virginia. The sangha will conduct a series of practices over the next forty-nine days.