Kobun Chino Otokawa came to the U.S. from Japan in 1967 at the invitation of Shunryu Suzuki to help train novice monks at the newly formed Tassajara Zen Mountain Center outside San Francisco. He was later invited by Choygam Trungpa to Boulder, Colorado to help found Naropa University and teach students zazen, oryoki, and calligraphy. Throughout his years of travel, Kobun regularly returned to Colorado to teach and lead sesshin at Naropa and at Shambhala Mountain Center.
This talk occurred as part of a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Naropa’s founding. Kobun, along with Shibata Sensei, Fran Lewis, Hakubai Daishin Sensei, and others, tell stories of Chogyam Trungpa to mark the occasion.