Lama Sonam Wangchuk was born in Lower Kongpo region of Tibet in the year of Iron Tiger (1950). It was not known which month Lama was born on, but i think it was April, he marked his birthday every year on the Tibetan New Year, the Losar. And also counted extra year, as per Tibetan Custom. He would have marked 58 years in 2007 on the Losar, which falls this year on the 18th of February. I have called Lama last time on the phone on Thursday the 1st of February at about 5AM. On that same day Lama stopped eating at all and in a week’s time we had e-mail which you can read below. Most of this last conversation Lama took his time asking me to say thank you to several people in NYC that helped him out while he was in NYC and more recently in India.
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From: Palyul Ling
To: List Member
Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 9:32 AM
Subject: [Palyul NYC] In Memory of Dorje Lopon Lama Wangchuk
Palyul Changchub Dargyeling
Prayers for the Passing of Dorje Lopon Lama Wangchuk
Tonight, Friday, February 9, 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 10, 10:30 AM
Sunday, February 11, 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM
Thursdays, 7 PM:
February 15, 22, 29; March 8, 15, 22
Special practice on March 29 at 7 PM
Dorje Lopon Lama Wangchuk completed his intention to benefit beings (Gonpa Dzok) at 4:30 AM on February 9 at Namdroling Monastery in South India. This would have been 3 PM on February 8, New York time.
We will gather to recite prayers for Lama Wangchuk as per the schedule above. Every seven days is a significant day to practice after someone we are close to has passed away. On the 49th day, we will complete our prayers and hold special practices. Khenpo Tenzin Norgey will be available to answer any questions you have about the practice.
Regarding the details of his passing, for the last two weeks, Lama Wangchuk had difficulty eating food. Six days ago he stopped eating and his monk attendants continued to provide him with fruit juice and take care of his needs. When it became clear that he needed specialized treatment, he was brought to Apollo Hospital in Mysore. He stayed in the hospital until yesterday when the doctor advised that his time was near. He was released from the hospital and returned to the monastery where he could complete his life’s work, surrounded by the monastic community.
Because he was an esteemed member of the monastery, his body was placed in front of the Temple of Guru Rinpoche (Zangdokpelri) and the community of monks gathered to recite prayers. A tulku from the monastery performed Phowa, and His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has been informed. Prayers will continue at the Monastery for the next two days and then every week until the 49-day Bardo period has been completed.
Please join us to practice for our dear spiritual friend over these next few weeks.
If you have images of Lama Wangchuk that you would like included in a memorial slideshow that we are creating for the website, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write if you have any trouble sending these. Current slideshow here.
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