My teacher and dear friend, Mary Ellen Landolina, died peacefully early this morning. I want to take a moment to acknowledge how much she taught me and how blessed I feel to have known her.
She welcomed me (and so many others) to Tri-State Dharma with enthusiasm and sincerity. She introduced me to the Dharma in a non-threatening way. I thank Mary Ellen for her encouragement and for guiding me towards learning painting and teaching meditation. I know she effected different people in different ways: the true sign of a great teacher.
Mary Ellen emphasized a style of Buddhism that was both reasonable and loving, without judgement or a reliance on ritual. Her joy and curiosity infused her life and was her greatest gift.