Frick Burden Dies in Pagosa Springs
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D. Frick Burden, a Telluride resident for 22 years, died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 9, in Pagosa Springs. Frick moved with his wife, Tammy, and their children, Tommy and Katie, to Telluride in 1992.

Burden was an enthusiastic outdoor athlete and a member of San Miguel Search and Rescue.  Tammy Burden served on the Telluride R-1 School board.  Katie Burden is now living in LA aspiring to become a singer. She maintains a “sound cloud” website under “Katherine Dixon Burden.”  Tommy is currently living in San Francisco.

This news comes from Tara Mandala, the spiritual community near his cabin in Pagosa Springs.

PAGOSA SPRINGS - “We regret to announce the sudden death of D. Frick Burden, age 59, our Sangha brother and friend. Born in New York City, he grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and graduated from the University Denver. After living some time in Maine, he moved to Telluride where he resided for 22 years, raising his two children and volunteering for Search and Rescue for many years. He worked as an investor and entrepreneur. He was an avid skier and loved the mountains. For the last four years he has lived and practiced with his beloved partner Akhila (Rosemary) Bourne, also a Sangha member.

“Some years ago he purchased land near Tara Mandala and built a beautiful cabin overlooking the San Juan Mountains it was his refuge and heart home. On Monday he left Telluride in the afternoon, heading for his cabin to do a retreat.  He spoke to Akhila that afternoon, and then she did not hear from him again. It appears that he arrived close to the cabin, then got stuck in the snow, went up to the cabin and got his plow truck and then got that stuck as well. After struggling unsuccessfully to get the truck out, he headed toward the cabin, but before arriving he fell, lost consciousness, and died of hypothermia. His body was discovered Tuesday, Dec. 10, when Akhila became concerned and went to check on him.

“Frick met Lama Tsultrim in 2003 in Telluride and attended the first Three Yana retreat. Since then the Dharma has been the primary focus of his life. He subsequently met and felt deep devotion for Adzom Rinpoche and did ngondro under him. He traveled to Tibet with Lama Tsultrim in 2007 and to India on the pilgrimage to Lahoul in 2012 culminating in the Chöd empowerment from H.H. Karmapa where he had some personal moments with His Holiness. He was enrolled in the Gateway in the Complete Transmission program with Tulku Sang-ngak. He loved Tara Mandala very much and supported its development generously, as well as coming to volunteer whenever he was needed. He was a constant presence at Tara Mandala and a close friend of David Petit and Lama Tsultrim.”

Burden’s body was cremated at Tara Mandala. Thoughts and remembrances can be sent to Commemorative gifts can be made through the donations page on

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