Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Andrea Sertoli (d. August 19, 2013)

Today on August 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM  our Vajra brother, Andrea Sertoli died in Rome. Andrea was one of the first disciples of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. He enriched us with his generosity, good humor, and deep kindness. 

(Photo by Paula Barry, May 31, 2013 in NYC)

For many years he was the president of Shang Shung Institute of America where I had the privilege of working closely with him on the early Board of Directors of Shang Shung to develop the administrative infrastructure of the Tibetan Medicine Program and other initiatives such as the first eleven webcasts. Together we raised thousands of dollars to implement the Three Year Foundation Course in Tibetan Medicine by Dr. Thubten Phuntsog and the translation of the early texts used, among the first teaching programs in English, as well as relocate Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo to the US to found the Four Year Tibetan Medicine Program. With great enthusiasm we worked closely with an international team to inaugurate and raise funds for the early audio webcasts which began on New Years Day, 2000 in Tashigar Sur.  

Andrea was deeply dedicated to the vision of Shang Shung Institute and A.S.I.A. for the preservation of Tibetan culture. As a businessman, he founded the successful company Select Italy in the US to promote travel to Italy. His dedication to the Institute was reflected in his excellent work ethic, knowledge of US non-profits and business expertise that he brought to his role as president in the early years. In my own experience, I found him to have that rare combination of both intellect and kindness. 
 -Jacqueline Gens

...."He left light, he is Light"......  Stella Sangiorgi

There will be a Xitro Ganapuja at Tsegyalgar East at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Stella Sangiorgi said...

Thank you Jacqueline ,

my children and I had the great opportunity to share all this experience with him, who teach us a lot,
we love him and we know is with us, I see him in my kids

great loss for all



Jacqueline Gens said...

MY deepest condolences Stella--love to you and your children. Looking forward to seeing you next summer. Can you give me Andrea's date of birth. I did not have that to add to my post.

Romain said...

that he is sad,
such a loss, we will miss and remember him, always...

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ccc said...

He has always been a dear person to me. My heart aches knowing I will never see him again. I will forever remember him as a kind and supportive person. My love goes out to his friends and family.
He will be missed. I will miss him.

Anonymous said...

Andrea was a great friend for many years. His wit and humor always brought a smile to my face. He is one of the most sincere, caring and generous people I have ever known.