This month the Natural Dharma Fellowship sangha is mourning the loss of one of its original members, Deb Krause. Deb took care of developmentally disabled adults and cooked at Wonderwell in its early years. She had survived metastatic cancer longer than her doctors expected.
While Deb was a student of Anam Thubten Rinpoche, she met Lama Willa in Cambridge, Massachusetts and also became her student. Deb went on to become a founding member of NDF, and one of the first Margha students.
When Wonderwell opened, Deb volunteered to cook for Dharma Sundays. She always displayed remarkable organization and energy when receiving and setting out food. No matter what anyone brought, she always made one feel like it was just what was needed. Deb’s legendary macaroni and cheese casseroles always made people want to come back for more.
She lived in Springfield, Vermont, with her precious rescue dogs, Jack and Palden. She made her living by co-homing a young man with developmental disabilities. The work required remarkable patience, and she had an abundance.
In the last days of her life, Deb went into the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she knew she was in good hands. She received many visitors.
Once, when Lama Willa visited, she called Anam Thubten Rinpoche. “I’m ready (to die),” Deb assured him. A few minutes later she added, “I wish I had more time.” It was a good example of how honest she was with herself.
Over the next few days, nurses and aids said the loving energy of her room drew them to it. Deb’s family came to visit, as well as her Springfield friends and beloved dogs. Sangha members came, too—in person, on the phone, and on Zoom. Sangha friends prayed, meditated, and chanted to Vajrayogini, with her.
She left this world with apparent calm, knowing she was well loved—and knowing that she had loved well.
Bardo Practice Prayer Circle
Prayer circles have been active for her throughout this month. Feel free to join the ongoing 7:30 EDT morning Bardo practice for Deb with this link, through October 20: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83264701514?pwd=TE9NbTBGK3NSY1JNZVBXRUtSNlU5dz09
May her bright spirit continue to shine in our lives.
Thanks to Nancy Carr Robertson and Roxanne Broadbent for preparing this tribute to Deb.