Merton had a "quite by chance" meeting with Tibetan Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa on October the 20th, a few days before the beginning of the conference. Naturally they hit it off quite well!
Chogyam Trungpa was instrumental in bringing Tibetan Buddhist teaching to the West. He established a meditation center in Scotland in the late 60's and then moved to the U.S. in 1970 where he continued to teach, eventually founding Shambhala. He established Gampo Abbey in Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia (Cape Breton) in 1984. One of Chogyam Trungpa most prominent students, Pema Chodron, is now the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey.
This Day in History: October 20, 1968
Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis were married on this day on Onassis's private Greek Island Skorpios. Merton notes this in his journal. He was particularly close to the Kennedy's and corresponded at with both Ethel and Jacqueline on the occasion of JFK's assassination.
Peace and blessings... Rob
"Apart from experience, there is no religious life, so satori is an occurrence of daily life with its joys and sorrows." Dom Aeled Graham
Top of the Charts in October 1968