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.
...."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