In Memoriam, Richard McKinney

Dear Sangha,

With great sadness we announce that our friend, colleague and mentor, Richard McKinney, passed on April 27th. Serious illnesses over the last several years did not stop him in serving the community until a few months ago. In the 1950s, Rick was among the first Buddhist practitioners in Philadelphia. He helped found PBA in 1986, was a president and a very active Board member. During one long period of low participation by the Board, Rick kept our organization going almost single handedly. He always showed his interest in newcomers and knew how to make them comfortable. His enthusiasm and support attracted many to Buddhist practice. Rick was the one to call with any question about Buddhism. He was a dedicated practitioner-scholar, who had met with the Dalai Lama. He was a rare being. We miss him deeply. PBA will be announcing events commemorating Rick’s life of service in the near future.

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