A Personal Tribute to Lisa
Lisa Kaufman embodied the Bodhisattva’s path of love, compassion, wisdom, and generosity as long as I knew her.
Lisa and I were dharma sisters, moms comparing notes on family life, as well as teacher and student for many years. She taught me a great deal, with gentle warmth and good humor, about how to pay attention and be meticulous! I think most of us at the Blue Heron community didn’t even realize how attentive to detail she had been until she and her family moved to Michigan. Then, with a small army of sangha members, we attempted to fill her shoes…but of course, it couldn’t be done. Her “just-do-it” way of being inspired us all. Also, her teaching, and her intimate knowledge of yoga that she shared with us helped to deepen our practice of meditation.
Speaking as a teacher, and having accompanied Lisa on the dharma path for so many years, I would like to share a couple of observations with you. Lisa had that rare way-seeking mind that never wavered. She was a consummate student of the true nature of reality. She had a deep reservoir of inner strength, intuition, and was never shy about finding her own way. At the same time, Lisa was open, actively curious to learn more, from anyone, at any time.
May her beginningless and endless being be a light for all of us.
Bowing in gratitude,
I’m not always welcomed. You made me feel welcomed.
Lisa taught me so much just by her way of being. Always a kind word for everyone. Always a listening ear. She has been a guide for me, reminding me who I want to be. I will miss her enormously.
Thank you for the lovely memorial ceremony for Lisa yesterday. It was nice to get a glimpse into the Zen community that was such a big part of Lisa’s life. The ceremony was so meaningful for her family and friends and it meant so much to hear everyone speak about what Lisa meant to them.