Robin (standing), Larry, and Jan Watson with the Vidyadhara in 1975 Photo by Robert Del Tredici
On July 31, 2007, Robin Kornman, one of the founding members of the Nālandā Translation Committee, passed away at age 60, from complications due to cancer following a lengthy illness.
Robin became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche soon after the Vidyadhara’s arrival in North America. He lived at Karme Chöling through the early 70s, where under Rinpoche’s guidance he began his study of Tibetan— whatever he could squeeze in when he wasn’t working in the kitchen, teaching, or heading up the education department. He served as Rinpoche’s primary attendant at the 1974 Vajradhatu Seminary, continuing his Tibetan tutelage under the Vidyadhara, as much as his cooking and cleaning duties—not to speak of logging many hours in rhapsody over the most recent Joni Mitchell album—permitted.
In 1976, Robin moved to Colorado, first to Shambhala Mountain Center and quickly thereafter to Boulder, helping to formally found the Nālandā Translation Committee. He lived in the first translation house and was a mainstay of the Translation Committee through the late ’70s and ’80s. Robin was a principal translator and editor of The Rain of Wisdom and a key contributor to the translations of the Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Jambhala, and Werma Sadhanas as well as the Long Werma Lhasang and the Vidyadhara’s Shambhala terma texts.