Winfield Shaw Clark

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NEW BOSTON - Winfield Shaw Clark, 72, of Bradford Lane, New Boston, NH, died at home Friday, May 27, 2016, attended by family and many friends. He will be remembered for his inspiration to all who came near him and his open heart.

"Binny" taught and practiced Buddhism, and wrote and performed chorale music and spiritual songs during his lifetime of service to family and friends. He is in our hearts forever, enshrined at Karma Choling in Barnet, VT and in New Boston Cemetery.

He was the son of Rhoda Shaw and John McLane Clark, graduated with honors from St. Paul's School, Dartmouth College, and Illinois University with high honors, and won a Woodrow Wilson Masters Degree. He turned to art and performing music in California in the sixties, and finally studied Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado which led him to his life of administrating and teaching for Chogyam Trumpa, Tibetan Rinpoche, author of "Meditation in Action," a book that typifies Binny's life. He was paralyzed from a Jeep accident at sixteen, but was very active in leading many of his generation to understand how they could meditate in a busy American life. In 1978, Chogyam Trumpa appointed him as the head of the Boston Dharmadhatu, a position he held until 1982. At that time, he moved to Nova Scotia, where Chogyam Trumpa was establishing his international headquarters. While in Nova Scotia, Binny served as a meditation teacher, taught a number of Buddhist programs and also earned a degree in Music Composition at Dalhousie University.

Bin won composer of the year in New Hampshire when he returned, as well as a cash prize from the Kennedy Foundation for inventing a way for pianists to operate the pedals of a piano remotely. He sang solos with the New Hampshire Chorale group, and composed music for shows at the Milford Theater. He also cared for our mother, Rhoda, and sister, Cathy, for many years at home in New Boston, where we all will celebrate his life July 23rd at noon, playing and singing his songs - Open to everyone.

He was predeceased by his father, John McLane Clark, his mother Rhoda Shaw Clark, and sister Linda MCGoldrick. He is survived by sisters, Ellen Anderson, Folsom, CA; Catherine Clark, New Boston, NH; and a brother, Zandy Clark, Falmouth, ME. Also by three nieces: Arden Lindsey, Evergreen, CO; Heather Powers, Westwood, MA; Elizabeth Bertin, Katonah, NY ; and four nephews: Caleb Clark, Brattleboro, VT ; Bradford Brown, New Rochelle, NY; Nathan Brown, Folsom, CA; David Bass Clark, Shanghai, China, and many other family members and devoted friends.

In lieu of flowers, Bin would ask you to donate to and scan his website, www.winfieldclark.com. I recommend his Dandelion Wine song! For more information or to sign an online guestbook, go to www.frenchandrising.com
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Published in Union Leader on June 5, 2016
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