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A Letter from the Director on the Passing of Shibata Sensei XX


Dear Friends,

At the passing of Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XX, I want to take this opportunity to express my deep sadness and heartfelt appreciation.

Shibata Sensei was an exemplar of warriorship. In the last year of his life, he visited Shambhala Mountain Center on a number of occasions in response to a request from the staff to teach warriorship and revitalize the practice of Kyudo at the mountain center. Despite his obvious frailty and need for oxygen at the higher elevation, he came and shared his profound teachings with us. He also invited the staff to his dojo in Boulder, to take first shot with him. This was a warrior for whom there was never a moment of holding back.

This Friday, Sensei will be cremated at Shambhala Mountain Center. We are grateful for this opportunity to pay our respects and support Sensei and the family during this transition. We will be sending further details on Thursday.

Yours in the dharma,

Michael Gayner
Executive Director
Shambhala Mountain Center

Details of Cremation Ceremony at SMC on Friday, October 25th

The cremation ceremony will start at noon, please arrive half an hour early prepared to walk a half mile on rocky mountain paths and be outside for several hours in the mountains (warm hat, gloves, coat).  Parking close to the site will be restricted to family.  Limited shuttle service will be made available for those that cannot walk.
Light refreshments and sustenance will be available, but full meals will not be available due to the number of guest and nature of the event.  We recommend that you bring snacks if you are concerned.
We will be asking for donations to cover the cost of the ceremony and refreshments.  We recommend each person donate $25 for themselves, and if they are able to contribute more to cover the cost of those who are less fortunate, it is appreciated. This will cover the family’s costs for the cremation. Any donations beyond the costs of the ceremony will be offered to Shibata Sensei’s dojo.

Please see the comment below for further information on the ceremony in Boulder at the Zenko Iba on Friday morning.


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