Transition at the Abbey

We have reached the end of the term of Barbara Badessi as the director of Gampo Abbey and the beginning of the term of our new director, Richard Haspray.

Barbara BadessiWe are so appreciative of the warm, inspiring, skilled, devoted, and heartfelt leadership provided by Barbara in her three years as director of Gampo Abbey. This was an important time in the history of the Abbey and Barbara was masterful in guiding the Abbey on its continuing evolution.

As we offer our gratitude and best wishes to Barbara, we welcome her successor, Richard Haspray, and his wife Shastri Alice Haspray, who joins us as Shastri-in-residence.

Richard and Alice Haspray began practicing meditation in 1967 with the Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. After Suzuki Roshi's death in 1971, they continued on the path of meditation and study with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. They first met Trungpa Rinpoche when they were students of Suzuki Roshi, and at Rinpoche's request they spent a year practicing and studying at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery in Carmel Valley, California. They studied with Trungpa Rinpoche until his death in 1987 and continue now as students of his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Richard HasprayRichard was an early director of Rocky Mountain Dharma Centre (now Shambhala Mountain Centre) in Colorado from 1974 to 1977, and a teacher in residence and personal representative of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in New York City from 1977 to 1983. Following that, he worked for many years in the field of mental health as a community outreach worker. Paralleling his career in mental health, he continued teaching many Shambhala programs, including seminaries and Warrior Assemblies.

Alice HasprayAlice has been teaching about meditation for more than thirty-five years, including Buddhist and Shambhala programs in North America and in Chile, Brazil, and Spain. She has led six Warrior Assemblies, taught at Shambhala seminaries, and facilitated teacher and meditation instructor training programs. In 2010, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed her as a regional Shastri (senior teacher) for Nova Scotia. As Shastri-in-residence at the Abbey, Alice will mentor students and new teachers and teach courses in the Abbey's curriculum.

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