There is no doubt that Diana Mukpo is much more than a talented rider, trainer and teacher. She is a wonderful human being and a positive force in the lives of many. Despite challenges she faced in her own life, she expresses nothing but gratitude for the life she has been given. “I’ve had a rich and fulfilling and very active life that has included traveling the world, enjoying tremendous opportunities and having my wonderful family, children and friends.” Her focus is on giving to others, whether to her riding students and equestrian clients or to the Buddhist community in which she teaches. “Teaching in the Buddhist community has been very fulfilling. It’s been my way of giving back to others. And that permeates my life in dressage. Anyway that I can give back and pay it forward is important to me.”
Diana is quick to credit horses for giving her much of the beauty in her life. “Horses have been an integral part of a rich and fulfilling life,” Diana says. “I have made so many wonderful friends through this sport. I cannot imagine a life without these delightful animals. I have been fortunate to have had the ongoing support of my husband Dr. Mitchell Levy who has always been a source of encouragement and inspiration throughout my career – even tolerating me going to Florida every winter!”
In addition to her equestrian career, Diana is a director of Konchok Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the rebuilding of some of the monasteries in eastern Tibet that were destroyed during the communist Chinese invasion. The foundation’s first major project – rebuilding the monastic college at Surmang monastery in Tibet – is nearing completion. The college will provide education for young monks as well as local children for whom education has been limited in the past.
Diana is also active with Shambhala International, a nonprofit Buddhist organization founded by her late husband Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. She teaches Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. Diana is the author of the memoir Dragon Thunder, published by Shambhala Publications in 2006.
“There have always been many different aspects of my life that have required attention and focus,” Diana assessed. “There are inevitable disappointments in a life with horses, but it is important to recognize that everything in life is subject to change and this is important to remember in the good times as well as the bad. It is the nature of life, altogether and if one keeps this in mind, one is not taken by surprise when obstacles occur. I feel very fortunate to have found a profession that continues to inspire me after so many years. I still wake up every morning excited and happy to have yet another day to spend with horses.”
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