New Video in honor of 20th Anniversary of Passing of the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 20, 2010
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The Vajra Regent—an amazing and controversial early American Buddhist guru.

…was one of the first great Western or American Dharma heirs of the ancient, up-until-so-recently Eastern tradition of Buddhadharma. While, perhaps like Icarus, his path was a tragic one, he flew high, too. He was an amazing man and teacher, a man I consider myself fortunate to have known when I was a child.

“For more information on the Vajra Regent, and to access the full 42 minute video, “Ask the Vajra Regent,” as well as his many seminars, visit”

I took the Buddhist vows (Refuge) with the Regent when I was (too) young. He took me aside afterward and made sure I’d understood the talk (lecture). He was great with children, warm and present. He gave me a Tintin book I still have one morning at the Boulder Bookstore. He was a bold, brash, elegant calligrapher. Listening to his audio talks, he still blows my conceptual, fixed, rigid, stuck mind out of the water.

I mention him briefly (along with Willy Ryken, my Shambhala Sun Camp mentor) here.

With gratitude and sadness—



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “New Video in honor of 20th Anniversary of Passing of the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin.”

  1. Yeshe Dorje says:

    Marvelous! Thank you for the brave act of sharing.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Was just at Corey Kohn & Michael Rich's wedding…the Regent's family in full radiant effect. For those concerned with how to share such, please know that a pal had seen this post, and thanked me for how it was offered—a relief to me. Simple and genuine is better than glossing over, forgetting, whitewashing or on other hand just gossiping, issue-mongering.

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