Bhumi Pali Bhavan

The Tagtrug Mukpo Trust has just posted a message on its website about the continuing care of the Vidyadhara’s son, Tagtrug Mukpo (affectionately known as Taggie), and their decision to agree to the sale of the small house in Vermont, close to Karmê Chöling, known as Bhumi Pali Bhavan (BPB) which is no longer suitable as a residence. To view their message, please click here:

To quote from the Trust message:

“About a year ago Tagtrug’s former caretaker, Erin Christie, noticed mold in the house’s wood frame. This was confirmed by an independent professional inspection. Based on this assessment, they moved to an alternative accommodation down the road from Karme Choling With the mold persisting, BPB is not suitable for habitation, and has been vacant and unused since discovery of the mold. Tagtrug currently lives with his present caretaker, Randie Fox, at her home in the St. Johnsbury area. Unfortunately, estimates of the cost of cleaning the mold problem were quite high, up to $50,000, and reflected a need to carry out extensive structural work to the building, which is quite old.

“After considerable reflection, a decision was made to sell the property. This decision was made only after a thorough consultation with the Support Team and Tagtrug’s care staff as to the potential impact of a sale on his health and circumstance. All are in agreement that Tagtrug’s care can be properly sustained in a positive, stable, and healthy manner without dependence on the BPB property. Indeed, at present he would not be living in BPB even if the house were in good shape, as his current caretaker prefers to keep him in her home with her husband and children. Tagtrug’s health and well-being remains strong, and he continues to exhibit clear signs of emotional stability and physical good health.”

This course of action has been discussed by the members of the Tagtrug Mukpo Trust, which is chaired by Ashoka Mukpo, and we are all in agreement that Taggie’s continuing care can be properly sustained in the positive way that is now happening without dependence on the BPB property. His continuing care is also described in the detailed message on the Trust website:

The sale has been formally agreed by the Kalapa Council, the body with the legal and fiduciary responsibility in this matter.

We have yet to determine how the proceeds of the sale of this property, so close to the heart of our lineage, would be dispersed. We will address that once we have completed the full process of placing it on the market and concluding a sale. In its message, the Trust members state: “The property was meaningful to the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and is a part of our history. The ideal circumstance would be for someone within the sangha to purchase the property.” We fully share this aspiration. If anyone is interested, please make direct contact with the chair of the trust, Ashoka Mukpo.

Tagtrug, the second son of the Vidyadhara, is partially supported by gifts from Shambhala community members. These gifts support respite care and help the sangha and family maintain a connection to Tagtrug. To find out how you can support Tagtrug or to learn more about his situation, please write to [email protected]

In service to the lineage,

The Kalapa Council

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About Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch was appointed by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, as the President of Shambhala in 2002 — a position he holds to this day. He heads the Government of Shambhala and chairs the highest governing body of the mandala, the Kalapa Council. Prior to his position in Shambhala, he was the global media chief of the human rights organization, Amnesty International, and continues as a trustee of the Rainforest Foundation and Chair of the International Working Group on Sri Lanka, a network of diplomats and major agencies devoted to peace making.

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    • Dear Lodro,

      Bhumi Pali Bhavan is owned by Shambhala International. That’s why the Kalapa Council, that holds the legal and fiduciary responsibility for Shambhala, was the body with the responsibility for this decision. Of course, that was preceded by consultation with the leadership of Karmê Chöling, the Tagtrug Mukpo Trust and the members of the Mukpo family. Thanks for asking about this!
      Warmly, Richard

  1. This is a wonderful property for a sangha member or friend to pick up. It has a magical back lot and easy access to KCL. Will it be advertised for sale on Shambhala Times before it is publicly listed?

  2. Dear Kristine,

    We do hope that one of our community members might be interested in this property. This is being publicized both through the Kalapa Council blog and on the Tagtrug Mukpo website, and by Karmê Chöling through its network, since that is where we are most likely to find someone interested in the purchase!

    With much appreciation,


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