I learned that Lama Chuck Stanford has passed away.
I was not close with Chuck Stanford but his death has affected me.
I’m not writing this because my friend died. He wasn’t my friend.
He was my first Buddhist teacher. He was the first Buddhist teacher of many people in Kansas City. I took Refuge, Pratimoksha, and Bodhisattva Vows from him. Those are vows that express our level of commitment as lay Buddhist practitioners. And he stressed to me how important it is to be committed to these principles.