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This blog was started in 2006 on Yahoo 360 platform, which is no longer run by yahoo, I have used it to publish bits and pieces of various discussions that took place in e-mail and share photos, personal observations and such, may it be of some benefit, it was and is meant well!

My name is Alex Sherab Gyatso, so Alex, is most likely but If I am alert enough, i will try to answer to “hey You” but you know, there maybe a problem there ūüôā

The handle used on yahoo is a last line of so called “Immutable Seven Line Prayer” (To Guru Rinpoche, the Padmasambhava): Guru (Master) Pema (Lotus) Siddhi(Accomplishments) Hum(Petition for, as in “Please Bestow”), so Gurupemasiddhihum.

I live in NYC.

Here is 1st post on the original blog:

Opening entry:

February 22, 2006 This is going to be 1st entry into this blog.
I plan to post pictures and quotations, as well as some narrations if time permits. By posting all of this I realize that none of this material belongs to me or would be taken as something that I understand better then others or at all. If I am at fault of using any of this improperly, it is my fault alone. If at any point any one would like to contact me regarding any matters associated with this blog or any other issue that may arise, please feel free to do so.
May we all realize 2 purposes of benefiting others and our selves without even as much as a hint of self-importance.

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Archive for Penor Rinpoche Parinirvana

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Update on His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s health
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Tashi Delek Friends,

We have been instructed  to send out the following update as to the condition and health of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. This email is slightly different from that sent to the general public.

May all beings benefit!

As follows:

Dear (Contact First Name),
We wish to inform you that His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Columbia Asia Hospital in Bangalore on March 24, at 3 AM. Health care arrangements for His Holiness are under the constant supervision of a Western-trained physician, and the condition of His Holiness has somewhat stabilized.
Since we last wrote to you six weeks ago, His Holiness’ condition has fluctuated with some good days and some less so. Please rest assured that all new information regarding the condition of His Holiness will be communicated as swiftly as possible. There is no need to contact the monastery, as any updates will be sent via email as soon as it is needed.
On the 25th of the First Month, March 21, the entire Palyul Namdroling Sangha gathered to conduct prayers for His Holiness long life and return to good health at the monastery.  Those stationed abroad returned to the monastery to join in this practice and many monks and nuns worldwide also participated.
On the first day of the Second Month (27 March, 2009), many of the highest Nyingmapa lamas will join the Namdroling sangha to continue with beneficial practices determined by divination. Among those who have indicated they will attend are Dzogchen Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Ralu Rinpoche, and Ringo Tulku Rinpoche.
For close students, it would be quite good if you could stay home from work on this day, or gather together in a harmonious fashion at your local dharma center, to practice. For those of us who cannot stay home or join with others, please don’t worry but just keep the mantras lightly in mind while engaged in daily activities. All of us will dedicate our practice to the long life of His Holiness, and for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche has advised the repetition of 10,000,000 recitations of the Riwo Sangchö practice. Currently, monks at Namdroling monastery are carrying through with this practice. Vajrasattva practice is also quite good, but our main focus should be on Riwo Sangchö.
All of the high lamas have indicated that a positive result is very much dependent on us, the students of His Holiness. It is very important to keep in mind our connection as a global sangha community, to put aside past disagreements and not to engender any new ones. We have been reminded that our pure Samaya needs to be maintained at all times, not only in the presence of His Holiness or the precious teachers who instruct us. We should especially refrain from speculation and any form of gossip, particularly with respect to the condition and medical treatment of His Holiness. As His Holiness has taught us, we should keep our minds in a relaxed state.
The greatest offering we can make for our Tsawé Lama is our love for one another as a family, while maintaining pure samaya with our blessed teacher, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Through our practice and the healing of our connection with one another, may the light of the Dharma grow as strong as possible, and may the good health of His Holiness swiftly return!
Please do forward to close students of Palyul so that all may join together in practice now.

With blessings and kindest regards,

Lama Lobsang Chophel

Secretary

24 March, 2009

Sincerely,

Palyul Ling International

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His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche Enters Thugdam
Saturday, March 28th, 2009

The 11th Throneholder of the Palyul Lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, entered  the final stage of meditation at 8:20 PM on Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Palyul Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, South India.
Earlier, at noon, His Holiness received offerings from many of the highest Nyingma Lamas, Tulkus and dignitaries who had assembled to pay homage to him. Rinpoche left Columbia Asia Hospital at 3:30 PM with the help of the Bhutanese Government, who arranged a police escort. He reached Palyul Namdroling at 6:40 PM and remained on his bed at the residence. Tulkus, Khenpos and lamas did aspiration prayers together with His Holiness until 8:20 PM. At that time Rinpoche looked around and then closed his eyes and went into meditation.
Prayers continued for 5 minutes and then everyone remained in silence for the next two hours. His Holiness’ meditation continues today, and is expected to continue for the next several days. When His Holiness releases his body from meditation, there will be an official acknowledgement of the final passing, allowing everyone to pay their respects according to tradition.
Kyabjé Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1932 in the Powo region of Kham, Eastern Tibet. His Holiness settled in South India where he built, from his own hands and with the help of a few monks, the Palyul Namdroling Monastery. The monastery has grown into one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist Dharma centers in the world, housing over 6000 monks and nuns in the complex, which also includes a hospital, and hospice.
His Holiness has also built temples and established Dharma Centers around the world ‚Äď in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, United Kingdom, Greece, Canada and the United States ‚Äď among others. His Holiness frequently traveled to teach and give empowerments at all of them. Worldwide, His Holiness is revered for his loving kindness and compassion, pure upholding of the Vinaya with ceaseless dedication to the welfare of all beings. He has brought and nourished the Buddha-Dharma everywhere he has been.

He will live forever in our hearts.
Lama Lobsang Chophel, Secretary
28 March, 2009

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Public Display Announcement
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE PUBLIC DISPLAY OF HIS HOLINESS PENOR RINPOCHE’S BODY
Public display of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s body and receiving blessings will be allowed in the ground floor of Zangdog Palri Temple of Namdroling Monastery on 9th April 2009 (Full moon day of the second Tibetan month) after the completion of thugdam and ablution rituals.
However, if the thugdam continues beyond the expected time, the dates for public display maybe postponed.
NEW YORK UPSTATE ANNUAL SUMMER RETREAT 2009
The annual Palyul Summer Retreat for 2009 from July 10 to August 10 in New York Upstate, US, will be conducted as usual under the guidance of HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, HE Gyangkhang Tulku Rinpoche, HE Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Details of the retreat announcements will be posted as soon as His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche arrives in Namdroling Monastery.

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His Holiness Completes Thugdam
Friday, April 3rd, 2009

His Holiness Penor Rinpche has released his meditation.  Please see the letter below from Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche:
Dear Sangha members,
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche remained in thugdam for almost eight days.  This morning [Friday, April 3, Indian time] he released his meditation.  Now we are preparing to preserve his body for some time so that the public can pay their respects and receive his blessings.
We, the board and faculty of the monastery, have announced that the blessing ceremony will begin on the 9th of April with rituals and a ceremonial procession to carry Kyabje Penor Rinpoche’s body into the Zangdok Palri temple at Namdroling Monastery.  It is expected that His Holiness’ body will remain in the temple for a month.
We welcome all of our Palyul students, Dharma friends and benefactors  who wish to come for this ceremony or afterward to receive Kyabje Penor Rinpoche’s blessings.
The annual summer retreat for 2009  in the United States will be conducted as usual under the guidance of H.H.Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, H.E. Gyangkhang Tulku Rinpoche, H.E. Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. The details of the retreat will be announced soon in our Palyul website.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche

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Puja Schedule through May 22, 2009
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Ku Dung (holy body) will be kept in the Zangdokpalri Temple on the second floor for one year so that all Palyul students from all over the globe can have the opportunity to pay their last respects and receive blessings.
On the 22nd of May, Namdroling Monastery will offer a big puja as it is the 49th day ceremony of Holiness’s Maha Parinirvana. Those wishing to visit can check here for information for visiting, but in this case many of the requirements have so far not been enforced as strictly. Write to us if you have questions.
Until the 22nd, all of our Tulkus, Khenpos, Lopons, Lamas, monks, and nuns are continuously carrying through puja with the hundred deity or Vajrasattva together with the Lama Offering puja up through this 49th day.
We will post an update with the detailed schedule if it becomes available.

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Visit by Yangsi Khyentse Rinpoche
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

On 26th day of the Second Month, 2136 (April 22, 2009), Kyabje Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup Rinpoche, the reincarnation of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, visited Namdroling Monastery accompanied by Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, along with Gyalse Tulku Rinpoche, Jangling Tulku Rinpoche and Tulku Kunga Rinpoche, to pay their respects and perform prayers before His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Holy Body (Kudung).
A Sertreng Ceremony, consisting of a line of Namdroling Monastery monks and nuns that included the Three Heart Sons, tulkus, khenpos, and lamas was formed at the gate of the monastery and proceeded to the residence of Gyangkhang Tulku Rinpoche, which is where the visiting Rinpoches had been invited to stay during their visit. In honor of their visit, the Gyaling were sounded and fragrant incense was burned at their arrival, and all the faculty of Namdroling Monastery followed HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the Twelfth Throneholder of Palyul Monastery, in offerings of khata to the visiting dignitaries, who were also welcomed with desi (the traditional sweetened saffron rice) and butter tea.
Early the next day the visiting Rinpoches went to Zangdog Palri Temple to pay their respects to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Kudung. At the temple, Kyabje Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche presided over the monks of Namdroling as they carried out a special one-day puja based on a Vajrasattva practice from the Minling Tradition, and the Lama Puja according to the Namcho Cycle.
Yangtsi Rinpoche in Zangdokpalri Temple
Later in the day, on behalf of the Namdroling sangha, Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche along with Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche offered the two high lamas mandalas of body, speech and mind, as well as khata, monetary and other offerings as tokens of gratitude for their visit to the monastery. Offerings of gratitude were also presented to Gyalse Tulku, Jangling Tulku and Tulku Kunga, along with their attendants. The puja concluded at 5 pm with the prayers of aspiration and dedication.
The visiting Rinpoches returned to Shechen Monastery in Nepal early in the morning of the following day.
Additional Photos are here at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/palyul/sets/72157617536685524/
Written by Disciplinarian (Gekho)

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New Translation of Swift Rebirth Prayer Available
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Mandarin and English translations of the Prayer for the Swift Rebirth of HH Penor Rinpoche are available on this Swift Rebirth Prayer Page.
We are very grateful to Khenpo Tenzin Norgay and students of HE Gyatrul at Tashi Choling, Oregon for providing the English translation of the longer version of the prayer.
Please note that their translation efforts are not finished, so it is best to wait before downloading and adding copies of the prayer to your practice book. When the completed translation becomes available it will be noted and posted here. The current translation was updated on April 30, 2009.
Please note this prayer was updated again on 30 April, 2009 and will be updated again as the translation is perfected. The currently posted translation was carried through by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche working with students from HE Gyaltrul Rinpoche’s students in Tashi Choling, Oregon.

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Procession of the ‚ÄúKudung,‚ÄĚ the Holy Body of HH Penor Rinpoche
Saturday, May 9th, 2009

From 9 April, 2009:  The main events of the Procession of the Kudung are shown here. You will see the faithful lined up to watch the procession, His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th Throneholder leading the procession with HE Khentrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche and HE Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche securing the Kudung itself. You will also see the practice of offering khata (white silk scarf) at the conclusion of the video.
This video was shot by one of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Shabchi (personal attendant), Lama Rapjee Wangchuk and posted on Ustream.TV for us by Tulku Ajam Rinpoche. The full video is about 45 minutes long, but here we have a 10 minute clip.

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Preparation for 5/22 Grand Puja ‚Äď Video
Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Thursday, 22 May, 2009 ‚Äď On this day the Holy Body of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche (Kudung Rinpoche) was brought in a formal procession to the main temple, Ogyen Donyag Wosel Dargyeling. The procession was attended by all the Palyul Tulkus, Khenpos, Dorje Lopon, Monks and Nuns as well as by representatives from other monasteries, accompanied by the melodious sound of gyaling and other Dharma instruments.
The live webcast of the puja on May 22 was webcast here, and is archived at http://www.palyul.org/broadcast.htm, or (for best viewing) at Ustream.

The grand puja for the Maha Parnirvana of our beloved teacher, the late His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, was conducted in this main temple on May 22. The monastery offered a grand Tsog to all the Tibetan settlements of Bylakuppe as well as Kollegal, Mundgod, and Husur and they had all been participating for the past 49 days in the pujas that have been ongoing since the Paranirvana.
In the afternoon, all devotees were able to pay their respects and receive blessings from the Kudung Rinpoche until 5 PM. After 5, we brought the Kudung Rinpoche into Zangdokpalri Temple where it will remain in the Guru Rinpoche Lakhang (shrine) and the Nirmanakaya field. The Kudung Rinpoche will be on view there for one year so that all devotees and students of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche from far and wide can come at any time to pay their respects and receive blessings.
‚Äď Per Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche

Several posts on passing of Kyabje Thinley Norbu

I have met Rinpoche only one time and very briefly, although I wanted to meet him for a while, it took me long time.

One time I have received a word that Rinpoche has a puja coming up in the next half hour in the NYC Shambhalla Center and this is where I run very fast.

During the 45 seconds that I had to communicate with Rinpoche every word carried meaning and was personal, it was just the same as meeting an old friend. After, I seem to have formed an idea that I am sure to work on for a while yet. Because even as in my case I did not have any doubt that there was great, pure being in front of me, the very presence of the Rinpoche in front was not different as standing in front of a mirror and all my confused ideation was revealed.

 

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From news.palyul.org

Information Regarding the Parinirvana of HH Dungsé Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

HH Penor Rinpoche (left) joyfully greets HH Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (right). These two masters visited each other frequently when residing in their US Centers. Dorje Lopon Lama Sochuk is behind HH Penor Rinpcohe, and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche is center.

All of the Palyul tulkus, khenpos, lamas, monks, nuns and students are deeply saddened by the news of the parinirvana of the great master of the Nyingma School, Kyabjé Dungsé Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche entered into his final meditation (Thugdam) on the 26th of December, 2011 where he abided for seven days.  Dungsé Garab Rinpoche informed His Eminence Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche that Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche wanted all his devotees to accumulate the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and/or Vajra Guru mantra as much as possible during this time.

The Sangha Community of Namdroling Monastery will perform a grand Mindroling tradition Vajrasattva Guru Yoga in front of the Maha Bodhi Stupa at Bodhgaya at the time of Nyingma Monlam Chenmo to receive Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche’s blessings.  Many monks and nuns have already departed for Bodh Gaya and are carrying through practice there.

We are attaching a Swift Return Prayer written by Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche’s son, Dungsé Garab Rinpoche (PDF):

Prayer for Swift Rebirth of Kyabjé Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche by His Eminence Tulku Garab Rinpoche

Kyabjé Dungsé Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was the holder of the Dudjom Tersar lineage.  He was a prominent modern teacher in the Nyingma lineage, the eldest son of the great teacher Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, the Second His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. He was the father of Dungsé Garab Rinpoche, Dungsé Jampal Rinpoche, and Dungsé Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.  Khyentse Rinpoche has posted regarding his father’s passing to Thugdam here on Facebook.

Kyabj√© Dungs√© Rinpoche was the incarnation of Tulku Trim√© √Ėzer, who was one of seven sons of the First Dudjom Lingpa. He was considered to be an emanation of Longchenpa. In his youth in Tibet he studied for nine years at Mindroling Monastery. His main centers are in the northern Catskills of upstate New York and in California.¬† He wrote many books published by Shambhala, which are possible to find here. Kyabj√© Dungs√© Rinpoche and our late Kyabj√© Penor Rinpoche had great respect and devotion for each other.¬† These two masters visited each other‚Äôs centers in New York State on many occasions over the years.

Those who wish to pay their respects to the Kudung of Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche as provided to Namdroling Monastery (UPDATED 7th January 2012):

From 15 Jan:  Grant audience to the public for blessing in Delhi upstate New York

Feb. 1st: Kudung Rinpoche arriving in Paro, Bhutan

Feb. 1st-Feb. 4th: in Paro

Feb. 5th: Paro to Rangjung

Feb. 5th-Feb. 9th:  in Rangjung at Ranjung Yosercholing Monastery

Feb. 10: Rangjung to Bartsham

Feb. 10-Feb. 12: Bartsham

Feb. 13: Bartsham to Yonphula

Feb. 13-14: Yonphula

Feb. 15: Yunpula to Paro

Feb 15 to March 2nd: in Paro

March 3rd: Cremation Ceremony in Lango, Paro

It is with heartfelt devotion and prayers that we await the swift return of our dear departed masters.  May all beings benefit from the blessings of their wisdom minds!

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The following is from www.vajrayana.org
Below is a message from Lama Tharchin Rinpoche to our sangha:

Our lord protector His Holiness Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche passed into parinirvana last night. Rinpoche wrote down a message for all of us, asking that everyone do Vajrasattva practice for three weeks. These were Rinpoche’s last vajra words for us.

If you are able to join with sangha and do practice in your area with a lama, please do that. If possible, please join with our sangha at Pema Osel Ling to do the Dorsem Lama Chopa, at Kunzang Gatshal, or with your local sangha. If you are not able to do that or if there is no local sangha, it is fine to do any form of Vajrasattva practice according to any sadhana including Ngondro and the Hundred Syllable Mantra. Meditate that our lord protector Dungse Rinpoche is inseparable with Vajrasattva’s form. Meditating this way, take empowerment and receive blessings. Then as Vajrasattva dissolves into you, you become inseparable with Vajrasattva. Rest in formless meditation in this way, with your mind and Kyabje Dungse Rinpoche’s wisdom mind inseparable.

This is the best way for us to get a taste of Kyabje Dungse Rinpoche’s wisdom mind, even though Rinpoche is not physically present. This stays with us inseparably until we reach enlightenment. Receiving Rinpoche’s blessings in this way is most essential. Now in particular, after Rinpoche’s wisdom mind has been uncovered from the physical elements and has merged with the vast dharmakaya, receiving Rinpoche’s blessings is more powerful even than when Rinpoche is alive. Rinpoche’s wisdom mind merges and pervades everywhere.

Please do Vajrasattva practice every day. This is a very special opportunity to receive Kyabje Dungse Rinpoche’s blessings.

Do not think that Rinpoche needs our help with puja. Don’t have that concept. This is our practice so that we can receive Rinpoche’s blessings and have a taste of Rinpoche’s wisdom mind and how to seal Rinpoche’s wisdom mind with our mind. That is the purpose for us to do puja with faith and devotion.

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This is from facebook, it is a “status update”¬† by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Thank you for your sympathy and best wishes at this time.

We live in a world of our own making, a world built by our own unique perceptions which we believe in fully, every year, every day, every hour and every moment of our lives.

Even though in reality this life is fleeting and lasts no longer than the time it takes for a spark of fire to shoot out, it is experienced by some as dragging on interminably for aeons and aeons. Yet for others, although in reality the span of this world’s existence is infinite, their experience of it lasts no longer than the blink of an eye.

For some, this world is no bigger than a worm hole, yet they feel insignificant and isolated, lost in a vast and infinite void. Others perceive the world to be small‚ÄĒas small as an entire universe‚ÄĒand to them it feels uncomfortably confined and claustrophobic.

Most of us, myself included, have been conditioned to live and die in a world created by our own perceptions, and continue to create conditions that will ensure we repeat this same game over and over again.

Amongst myriad possible perceptions, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche is seen variously as an ordinary person, a father, a teacher and a perfect being‚ÄĒa diversity of perception that is the result of each perceiver‚Äôs individual merit, or lack of it.

For people like me, whose limitations lead me to see him merely as my father, your condolences will be accepted as emotional support.

For those of you with ‚Äėsuperior qualities‚Äô‚ÄĒor who aspire to develop such qualities‚ÄĒand are able to see Thinley Norbu as a perfect being, this is yet another opportunity to shrug off impure perception and generate pure perception, so that eventually you will go beyond perception altogether.

‚ÄėAwareness‚Äô is the quintessential teaching of the Buddha‚ÄĒfrom the awareness of cool air as you breath in and then out, to the profound awareness of natural perfection. And with boundless compassion and courage, the sole purpose and activity of all the buddhas it is to ring the alarm bell that brings us to this awareness.

With enough merit, the passing of this great being can be interpreted as the ringing of that alarm bell, and a timely reminder of all the teachings, from the simple truth of impermanence, all the way up to the realization of unobstructed compassion. In this way, as much as this deluded mind of ours appreciated and valued his appearance in this world, it should also appreciate and value his disappearance.

Touching as it is to hear from those who are offering various prayers, recitations, butter lamps and many other wholesome activities at this time, allow me to remind myself and all those who are interested, that none of the practices we are currently engaging in are for him, but for ourselves.

However brilliantly the moon appears in the sky, if the pond is muddy, the moon will not be reflected in its waters. In the same way, it is through the purification of defilements and accumulation of merit within our own minds that will enable us, in time, to perceive a reflection of the Buddha, fully intact and never to depart.

So, rather than congratulating ourselves with the thought that we have accomplished all these practices during this special time, bear in mind that we should already have been doing them‚ÄĒand for that matter, we should continue doing them throughout this and all our future lives. But to imagine that our practise is something like providing this great being with the ‚Äėlast rites‚Äô is definitely not the best way to go.

I have also been asked which specific practices should be done. Again, I will repeat that mindfulness, in other words ‚Äėawareness‚Äô, is our practice. We are ignorant beings, and as such require constant reminders about the importance of making the effort to land in this awareness. Therefore all our guru‚Äôs activities‚ÄĒfrom when he yawns or coughs, to when he appears or disappears‚ÄĒare his way of reminding us to come back, again and again, to mindfulness.
And as long as we are mindful and aware, no one practice is better than another.

Written and dedicated to the enlightenment of all sentient beings in the presence of the rupakaya of Thinley Norbu.
New York City