Fonds - Vajradhatu fonds

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Vajradhatu fonds

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  • 387 audio casettes
  • 182 audio reels

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Administrative history

Vajradhatu was established by the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado on 22 February 1973 to consolidate the activities of Tail of the Tiger in Vermont and Karma Dzong in Boulder. Trungpa Rinpoche served as president of Vajradhatu until his death in 1987. He was succeeded by the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. Following the Vajra Regent's death in 1990, Trungpa Rinpoche's eldest son, the Sawang Osel Rangdrol Mukpo (now Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche), was named president. The organization began moving its international headquarters to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1985. On 8 August 1989 it was reincorporated in the Province of Nova Scotia as Vajradhatu Buddhist Church. Vajradhatu currently operates several large, contemplative centres and over 100 local groups worldwide. Late in 1992, together with Nalanda Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization also founded by Trungpa Rinpoche, it began doing business under the name Shambhala. Vajradhatu's head offices are currently located at 1084 Tower Road, Halifax. Vajradhatu Recordings (now Kalapa Recordings) was the department of Vajradhatu responsible for creating sound recordings of the teaching and administrative activities of Trungpa Rinpoche and of other principal teachers and administrators of Vajradhatu for a twofold purpose: to make a permanent record of these activities and to provide the means for disseminating their contents to a wider audience through the sale of sound recordings as well as through their transcription and publication in written form.

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Sound recordings were created or acquired by and retained in the custody of Vajradhatu Recordings in Boulder, Colorado pursuant to its policy of creating a permanent record of the teaching and administrative activities of the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and other principal teachers and administrators of Vajradhatu.

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Fonds consists of sound recordings of a broad range of activities of Vajradhatu including general administrative activities and community activities such as meetings, social events, holiday observances, volunteer groups, ceremonies; and visits from important Buddhist teachers. All of these activities were conducted or presided over by its founder and president the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche or his successor the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin or other principal teachers and administrators.

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Some audio reels show evidence of deterioration. As a conservation measure a number of audio reels have been exercised and copied to both digital and high-quality cassette formats.

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Photographic records related to portions of the fonds are described in the Vajradhatu and Nalanda Foundation Information Office Photographic Fonds Finding Aid. Related materials may be found in the following fonds of sound recordings: the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche fonds; the Vajradhatu Seminary fonds; the Nalanda Foundation fonds; the Naropa Institute events fonds; the Shambhala Training events fonds; and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin fonds.

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