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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


24 March, 2009


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 – in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, United Kingdom, Greece, Canada and the United States – 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
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.
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:
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 “Kudung,” 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 – Video
Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Thursday, 22 May, 2009 – 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, 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.
– Per Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche

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