Irene Lundquist (1955-2009)
Tributes from the Community
Irene Lundquist was a dedicated spiritual mentor, life coach, and meditation and dharma teacher who was dearly loved by her many colleagues, students, clients, and friends.
As a Buddhist in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, Irene’s interfaith orientation allowed her to freely honor all spiritual paths without any judgment. Since 1985 she was a vibrant member of the Portland, Oregon, USA, Shambhala Meditation Center and was ordained a Buddhist priest in 2008. She was a passionate teacher, a valuable advisor in the area of study, most recently as one of the senior teachers and meditation instructors at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland.
In 2005, Irene became an active partner at the Interfaith Spiritual Center in Portland. Irene brought a unique and quiet wisdom to us. In her introductory letter she wrote: “I welcome an opportunity to engage with you and your colleagues in a professional and mutual understanding of extending integrity, dignity, and openness in all our encounters.” Irene was always true to her word. While we miss her dearly, her wisdom, patience, and humor are with us whenever we gather.