Last rites for Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche begin at Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery

- through Henry Oudin

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The top monastic leaders of the Vajrayana world began to pay final respects to the physical remains (kudung) of Venerable Yongdzin Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

Born in 1933, Thrangu Rinpoche was one of the oldest and best known lamas of the Kagyu school. He was tutor to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. He had been hospitalized since early May due to health issues. His remains are currently at Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery (also known as Namo Buddha Monastery), southeast of the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. He died on June 4 at the age of 91.

The Gyalwang Karmapa had advised that the news of his death be sealed for four days to give him the perfect space to pass into the state of tranquility. tukdam meditation. The official announcement of his death was broadcast on June 9, 2023 (2566 of the Buddhist calendar). On the same day, the Gyalwang Karmapa composed a prayer for Rinpoche's speedy return, which was translated into English by David Karma Choephel. (Thrangu Rinpoche)

Choje Lama attends a puja recitation on June 13. Image courtesy of Thrangu Media

Official commemorations began on the 9th after his Parinirvana was revealed to the public and the media. Thrangu Lhaksam Nepal, an organization of negligee monks and nuns who continue to serve the Thrangu institution, has formed a service team to assist Namo Buddha Monastery. bids every week, ten people take turns to serve the participants of the bids. Rinpoche's remains were first cleaned at 5 a.m. in a critical ritual. At 8 a.m., Venerable Gyalton Rinpoche and Tsewang Drapa, General Secretary of Palpung Sherab Ling, came to conduct pujas and make offerings to Rinpoche's remains on behalf of Vajradhara HE Chamgon Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche, together with the monks seniors of Thrangu Monastery. (Thrangu Rinpoche)

9:30 saw an offering of khatas of over 400 Thrangu monks. From 10 a.m., a long stream of well-wishers came to offer their condolences, including representatives of Kagyu monasteries in Nepal, four delegates from the Nepalese Buddhist Federation and emissaries from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon at 00:15 p.m., people from the area around Namo Buddha, including students and the local female Buddhist study group, arrived to pay their respects. (Thrangu Rinpoche)

On the 10th, well-wishers continued to visit Namo Buddha Monastery, including Venerable Tulku Rinjung Rinpoche, Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche's representative, and HE Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche's personal servant, Tashi Yulgyal. Among many others were Venerable Geshe Thupten Jigdol, Chairman of the Buddhist Philosophy Promotion and Monastery Development Committee of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, and Mr. Hom Bahadur Dong, Executive Director from the same ministry. (Thrangu Rinpoche)

Visitors arrive to pay their last respects on June 13. Image courtesy of Thrangu Media

On June 11, the Namo Buddha Monastery, acting on the instructions of the Gyalwang Karmapa, began to organize the Amitabha bid, led by Venerable Zuri Rinpoche and Venerable Lodro Nyima Rinpoche. (Thrangu Media) Notable personalities came to pay their respects to Rinpoche's remains on the 11th, including Buddhist musician Anu Choying Dolma, representatives of HE Nubpa Rinpoche from Drikung Kagyu and Mr. Kripasur Sherpa, former Minister of Culture, Tourism and civil aviation. HE Nubpa Rinpoche of the Drikung Kagyu school and his assistant Tsering Norbu, as well as Geshe Ngawang Tsultrim, representative of the tantric monastery of Palden Gyuto, also came to pay their respects. (Thrangu Media)

On June 12, a stream of monks and lay disciples continued to arrive at Namo Buddha Monastery, including Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim and others khenpos et lamas of Shechen Monastery, Dzogchen Rinpoche of Ngagyur Dzogchen Shri Singha, and Lama Tsultrim Palbar and Lama Tsering Tashi of Kagyu Samyeling. From all over Nepal came Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta, Vice President of the Lumbini Development Trust, Mr. Sam Purna Lama, former Chairman of the Boudha Stupa Development Committee, and Dr. Tsering Phuntsok, Chairman of the Tsum Welfare Committee. (Thrangu Media)

Thrangu Media reported on June 13 that several leading personalities from Zurmang Monastery came to Namo Buddha Monastery to lead Milarepa Guru Yoga. meditation. Among them were the 12 Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche, the General Secretary of Zurmang Monastery, senior executives and khenpos. The report went on to say:

The director and staff of the school of the late Khenpo Tashi Tsering also came to pay their respects; The Mayor of Namo Buddha Municipality, Mr. Kunsang Lama and his team came to offer kata; the Abbot of Lumbini Vietnam Monastery and sixty disciples made prostrations outside Rinpoche's residence and continued to pay their respects at the main shrine. In addition, four representatives of the Tzu Chi Foundation of Taiwan and the representative of Neydo Tashi Chöling Monastery also arrived to pay their respects.

(Thrangu Media)

The main hall of Namo Buddha Monastery will undergo rotating monks holding pujas for the next 49 days. Image courtesy of Thrangu Media

The commemorations did not take place only at the Namo Buddha monastery. Tributes were sent from across the Buddhist world, with condolences coming from the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong, the Hwa Yue Foundation in Taiwan, services from the Tibetan Gompa Monastery and many monastic headquarters, including the Densa Central Executive Office Palchen Chosling, Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat, Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya, Tekchokling Nunnery, Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling (Shechen Monastery), Nyidey Monastery in Bhutan and many more.

Abbots and representatives from Thrangu Monastery centers around the world will continuously recite "Calling the Guru from afar" before Rinpoche's prayer. kudung until the end of the official 49 days of mourning. From the 9th, visiting Rinpoche's physical remains was opened to the public for this period, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 13:30 p.m. to 15:30 p.m.

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Pay homage to the physical remains (Kudung) of Most Venerable Kyabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Thrangu Rinpoche)
Second Day of Homage to the Physical Remains (Kudung) of Most Venerable Kyabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Thrangu Rinpoche)
A Prayer for the Speedy Return of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Thrangu Rinpoche)
A reminder and aspirations of true words offered by His Holiness Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche to Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on his Parinirvana (Thrangu Rinpoche)
June 13 Commemorations (Thrangu Media Facebook)

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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