On 13 September at 5 p.m., Maria Aurelia Kulik, our sister in dharma, passed away,
A long-time member of the Garuda Association, currently Ligmincha Poland.

Maria was a warm, kind person – devoted to practice and Sangha.
Everyone knew her and admired her for her devotion and diligence.
She was our Sangha photographer who captured all the important events related to the Sangha and the arrival of lamas in Poland.
She documented and supported the construction of the Gompa in Wilga devoting a lot of her time to this project.
For many years she prepared professional auctions, the income from which was initially used for the construction of the Gompa and later for the Sangha's other needs.
She supervised the construction of the Stupa and the Gompa and even managed to organize a kitchen on retreats.
Everyone knew her and admired her and for her diligence and devotion.
She very often travelled to Nepal and India, where she established warm contacts with monasteries.
All the lamas and geshes knew her. She was one of the very few people who were able to gain an audience with the highest teachers. She had their consent to photograph important ceremonies and rituals. This way she documented the development of Yungdrung Bön.

On many occasions she would attend an audience with His Holiness 33 Menri Trizin, His Eminence Yongdzin Rinpoche, His Eminence Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, Chongtul Rinpoche, Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche, Khenpo Tenpa Yundrung Rinpoche, Ponlop Tsangpa Rinpoche, and others.
Immediately after her passing away the monasteries were informed, all lamas and monks are praying for her and His Eminence Yongdzin Rinpoche performed the phowa practice for her.

Maria was a disciple of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, a Dzogchen master of Bön tradition.
Rinpoche highly valued her devotion to the Sangha as well as her personal practice.
She was always helpful, she gave support and advice to all those in need.
The Sangha was like a second family to her.
We will find it difficult to get used to her absence.
Farewell, Maria, we will carry you in our hearts and pray for you.

Mantra Matri (mantra of compassion)

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