This is now “old e-mail” that was written by some one who knew Lama Wangchuk in NYC as we can see this is in many respects a personal message, from the heart, i am posting it here because it was made public on a public annocement list, hope authors don’t mind.
—– Original Message —–
From: Palyul Ling
To: List Member
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 10:29 AM
Subject: [Palyul] Lama Wangchuk Recalled to India
May 3, 2006
As many of you may know, Dorje Lopon Lama Wangchuk has been recalled to Namdroling Monastery and will be leaving immediately on May 5. I thought to let summer retreat attendees know so you all could take the opportunity to say good-bye to Lama if you wished. We will also take up a small collection for Lama to help him in India (scroll down to see below).
There will be a dinner at Tsampa Restaurant Thursday, May 4 at 7 PM (9th Street at 3rd Avenue) and Lama will leave New York on Friday.
If you would like to attend the dinner, please take a second to RSVP at email@example.com so that we can let the restaurant know of an estimate of attendees.
Dorje Lopon Lama Wangchuk earned his rank during the very first 3 year, 3 month, 3 day retreat His Holiness Penor Rinpoche granted at Namdroling Monastery in South India. Among his classmates was Dorje Lopon Lama Sochuk, whom we also all know from our upstate retreats. Lama Wangchuk was sent to the United States in 1999 and served in Los Angeles for a year before His Holiness Penor Rinpoche determined a need for him at the Upstate New York retreat center.
After entreaties from the students in New York City, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche generously agreed to grant the request for Lama Wangchuk to lead practice and give teachings in the city. Lama quickly became the foundation of the New York City center, winning the hearts of the students who appreciate his warm and nurturing approach to the courses.
The courses were first offered in Sufi Bookstore, then Dolma Carpet, and finally settled in Tsampa Restaurant on Sundays. Lama taught the students all of the chants traditionally practiced within the monastic environment, as well as torma-making, mudra, bell and dorje, chopon, and more. For the past year and a half, he has been leading practice in the Bowery Street Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center and carrying through all the daily practices as is traditional within the Palyul Nyingma tradition.
Lama also has been indispensible in setting up teaching programs in New York. He helped to lead arrangements for empowerment programs given by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Tulku Thubten Rinpoche, His Eminence Khentul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, His Eminence Dagmar Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, Khenpo Tenzin Norgey Rinpoche and so on. Because of his help, the local center has been able to prepare properly for these special programs.
Lama also worked very hard every summer at the upstate retreat. As we all saw, his humility is profound and no task beneath him. Because of his rank he has earned the right to remain in the temple to practice. But not only did Lama practice, he also offered himself even for maintaining the grounds and cutting the grass, as well as cooking for the monk entourage accompanying His Holiness.
Yet despite all his hard work, Lama always has made himself available to students who wanted to ask his advice on practice or even personal matters. Lama has comforted many of us in our darkest times.
It is truly touching if you consider all that Lama has done for us and for furthering His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s vision.
Letting Lama know you’ll miss him by email is possible. Please don’t hesitate writing firstname.lastname@example.org and I will print out and give him your email.
It is possible to send the center assistance for Lama, if you so desire. We can collect credit card Paypal donations at the email@example.com account, the center’s Paypal account. Funds from the donations need to be marked “Lama Wangchuk Fund,” which you can do from within the Paypal system. Funds will be transferred to India after Lama arrives to ensure their safety. Please click below to donate.
You can also just donate to the center at that Paypal address if you wish, just note your donation appropriately.
As some of our students do not use email, it is quite useful to let them know yourself. Please don’t hesitate to do so!
Please join me in wishing Lama Wangchuk farewell with wishes for his long life, improved health, and hopes that we may meet again some day soon!