Geraldine Brussel Memorial

Copper Mountain Institute has opened a Memorial Tibet Fund for our dear friend Geraldine Brussel's POWA which was performed for her by A.P. Rinpoche shortly after her passing on January 27th. Rinpoche said many years ago that he has a monastery of monks who pray round the clock for the dead. We hope to raise enough support for their meals and sustenance for a number of days of powerful prayers for Geraldines enlightenment in the Pure Land of Amitabha.

There is no specific suggested donation. Whatever you can give is very much appreciated. A  donor has sent forward a $200 donation plus an $800 advance from personal funds to begin the prayers.  The donor will be reimbursed for up to $800. The monks have received the initial $1000 and they will receive any donations that exceed that amount.

Her remains were cremated on Tuesday morning, February 2nd in Albuquerque. Five of us were allowed to meet in the Ante-room to the crematorium for 30 minutes just before her cremation began. We blessed her body with auspicious substances and white ceremonial scarves. We offered prayers, "The Spontaneous Occurrence of All Wishes" and the Trungpa version of the Prajnaparamita Sutra (Heart of Transcendent Knowledge) and Mantra, which has always been her favorite.

Donations can be made via PayPal using the button on this page.  Enter the amount that you wish to give. At the bottom of the next window, please note: "GB Fund" 

Please see our Monthly Calendar and Events page for details on her February 6th Memorial Service.

Our beloved Vajra Sister, Geraldine Brussel died at her home in Bernalillo, NM this morning between 3:30-5:30, January 27, 2021.

She was an amazing friend, dearly loved by many. She passed away peacefully under the care of her dear friend Gary DeLuca who provided her with everything she needed in order to stay at her home for the duration.

Geraldine continued her practice with us at Copper Mountain for many years with the help of Gary. In the past few years, Sally Moore spent Sundays with Geraldine and brought her to practice. Since COVID-19 began, Sally brought Geraldine to practice sessions via Zoom.

Many thanks to them and to our close friend, Donna Dowell who gave her nursing skills in the care of Geraldine. Over the years, Geraldine introduced them to Tibetan Buddhism and to Copper Mountain. We are at a loss for words to describe the great joy and benefit we have received from our close connection with Geraldine.

Geraldine was a painter in the New York City art scene when a dear friend committed suicide. She heard about Tail of the Tiger on the radio. Realizing that she needed help with her grief and sadness over the sudden loss of her friend, she moved to Vermont to begin Tibetan Buddhist practice at Tail of the Tiger as a staff member and resident  in the early 1970's.

This NY Times article gives the writer's view of that time:  LINK

She continued her studies and practice as a devoted student of Trungpa Rinpoche and taught art at Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. From there, she moved to Bernalillo, NM in the late 1980's, where she worked as a painter and printmaker and taught art in her inimitable way.

She was very well known here for her artwork and her teaching. She kept her life-focus on Buddhist practice and her artwork while enjoying a wide circle of friends. She studied with Trungpa, Namkhai Norbu, APR and Adzom Gyalse Rinpoches. 

Her contribution through her presence, her friendship, candor, kindness, generosity, humor and devotion will live on and on in our hearts.

Geraldine is a true inspiration to us all!

Thank you for your prayers.

Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, Our Root Guru

Adzom Gyalse Tulku
Guiding Teacher

Guru Padmasambhava in his Copper Colored Mountain Pure Land

HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
with Adzom Gyalse Tulku (age 8)

Carol Hoy, Founding Director

For further information about Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, visit

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