In the late ’80s, Robin moved to Princeton, where he completed his graduate work in comparative literature, eventually becoming Dr. Kornman. Subsequently, he held teaching positions at St. John’s in Annapolis and the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, as well as a research position with the Library of Congress. He gathered a group of translators around him in Milwaukee and spent the last decade of his life working on a translation of the initial volumes of the Epic of Gesar.
A natural in the role of Shariputra, Robin never tired of asking questions of the Vidyadhara, to the edification of us all as witnessed in Glimpses of Alaya, An engaging and prodigious teacher, he traveled our mandala widely, lecturing particularly on the ways of Shambhala and the importance of Gesar, and was a pioneer in developing dharma education for children. Robin was a bon vivant extraordinaire, and the waistlines of many of us are fuller from our meals with Robin, and our minds fuller from the stories he regaled us with. A renaissance man, he was struck down by a respiratory arrest just after playing the piano, a pursuit he had taken up only two years before. Atranslator par excellence, his words live on with us when we practice the Vajrayogini Sadhana, offer a lhasang to the drala, or make the invocation of our ancestor Gesar. Robin’s ebullient laughter and the fine workings of his mind will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends, colleagues, and students.
For a fuller account of Robin’s life and work, see the tributes atwww.chronicleproject.com.