Peter Lieberson, the composer of many musical works including “Ashoka’s Dream,” has died. A student of the pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teacher (and founder of the Sun) Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche — and later, of Khandro Rinpoche — Peter was well known for his work as a composer of music that sought to inspire through equal parts intellect and emotional appeal. The New York Times remembers Peter’s life and work today in an obituary titled “Peter Lieberson, Composer Inspired by Buddhism, Dies at 64.” Read the Times’ appreciation here.
In addition to being a friend of many at Lion’s Roar Foundation, he was also a contributor Lion’s Roar magazine. In “Concept Becomes Experience: A Composer’s Journey,” Peter described his creative journey from the high intellectualism of twelve-tone theory to a trust in the play between spontaneity and technique.