ABSTRACT: Tania Leontov came to Boulder, Colorado, in 1975, following Buddhist teacher Trungpa Rimpoche. Tania talks about the two roles she has had during her life in Boulder. She recalls her experience as a business woman who owned and managed three businesses: the Blue Note night club; the New York Delicatessen and its attached bakery; and the Oasis diner. She talks about changes on Pearl Street as the Pearl Street Mall developed, as well as the reactions of local people to these new enterprises. Eventually she left the businesses and began to focus on her commitment to Buddhism, becoming closely involved with the Boulder Buddhist community as a teacher and in developing activities for Buddhists and non-Buddhists in Boulder. She discusses the Buddhist belief system in the context of Boulder culture and compares the status of that community now with the early years.
People: Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche
Subjects: New York Delicatessen, Blue Note Night Club, Oasis Diner, Boulder in the mid-1970s (cultural atmosphere, economy, changes due to influx of population from more urban areas), Buddhist community in Boulder, Shambhala, Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, Naropa University.