Monday, 5 September 2011

Paranirvana of Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche


Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche at Lerab Ling during empowerments

Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, beloved ordination master for many of the nuns and monks at Lerab Ling, has passed away. He entered paranirvana on Friday, 2nd September and remained in thugdam for three days in his monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. He had visited Lerab Ling several times and gave many empowerments and teachings.

Some of us were fortunate enough to receive ordination from him in the Dordogne, France, in 1999, and if my memory serves me well it was the first time he had given ordination in the West.

Already I feel his loss quite deeply, as not only is he one of the old generation of masters raised and trained in Tibet, but also he very much represented for me the epitome of the monastic tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. His monastery in a valley to the south of Mount Everest, in the Solu Khumbu district, Thubten Chöling, was home to a very large number of nuns, over 350, as well as many monks, most of whom were Tibetan refugees. Since he came out of Tibet, Rinpoche has ordained nearly ten thousand monks and nuns.

His passing does come as sad news, but it is said that actually the master is never separate from us. He always lives in us as the heart of our faith and devotion. According to Dzogchen Tantras, when a great enlightened teacher passes into parinirvana students have an extraordinary moment to receive blessings from their teacher by making supplications and offerings, as well as making profound personal commitments and aspirations, and praying that more emanations of the master manifest in this world to benefit all beings.

Whatever virtuous aspirations and commitments you make will swiftly be fulfilled, so now is the time for prayers and practice. It’s also an especially powerful time to do guruyoga and unite your mind with that of the master.






Photos taken during a visit to Thubten Choling by Ane Chökyi Drolma

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