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Judy and Charles Lief were married by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975

Judy Lief:

tying 27 spring 1998
Image 1: Judy and Charles with his mother, Ruth Lief, at their wedding in Boulder, Colorado, 1975. Photo courtesy of Judith and Charles Lief.

My husband, Chuck, and I were married in 1975 by Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In his remarks, Trungpa Rinpoche talked about taking a leap and extending friendship. He emphasized that marriage was a commitment of the heart, not merely a legal obligation. The wedding ceremony consisted of making a series of offerings symbolizing our commitment to make our life together an offering to benefit others as well as ourselves. We offered a flower in order to develop exertion, incense for patience, a light for meditation, perfume for morality, food for generosity and a musical instrument for wisdom. Needless to say, it is a rather ambitious undertaking to attempt to develop such qualities, but at least we had that intention.

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