On Sunday, a friend, a dharma student, an excellent translator, and even a previous center director, suddenly passed away. Gunjii was only 34. She had been in and out of hospitals for the last two years battling an antibiotic resistant form of tuberculosis. As she was the principle bread-winner in her family, supporting her parents, brother and sisters, this had been difficult. On Saturday, she came by the center. She asked me to load whatever programs she needed on her Macbook so she could become the editor of the Mongolian version of our center's website. It was so good to see her and her big smile. On Sunday, she collapsed and never regained consciousness. There was nothing the hospital could do. There wasn't a more devoted daughter, mother, or dharma student anywhere in Mongolia than Gunjii. And even through a devastating illness, I never saw her without a smile. She will be sorely missed. Here is an example of that beaming smile:
A short clip from a TV series on Buddhism (2001)
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, her friends, her coworkers and all who knew her.