Mindrolling Jetsun Dechen Wangmo 1925-2011

Mother of His Eminence the 9th Minling Khenchen

Mindrolling mourns the passing of Jetsun Dechen Wangmo, Mother of H.E. the 9th Minling Khenchen Rinpoche. She passed away on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 8:40pm at her residence. She was in Thugdam (Samadhi) and after seven days on Monday, October 24th, around 7:35am, her Kudung (body) was brought by ceremonial procession to the funeral ground in the monastery campus.

H.E. Khochen Rinpoche, H.E. Tulku Penam Rinpoche presided over the funeral ceremony. The 49 days of puja will be held daily at the residence; with a puja being held by the entire sangha of Mindrolling on the first day of each week of the 49 days in the main shrine hall at the monastery. H.E. Khochen Rinpoche and Ven. Dhakpo Rinpoche were especially invited for this event. Ven. Dhakpo Rinpoche, one of the main teachers of H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, will preside over the Minling Dorsem (Vajrasattuva) pujas throughout the 49 days.

His Holiness Trulshig Rinpoche

The entire sangha of Nyingmapa mourns the passing away of His Holiness Trulshig Rinpoche (a.k.a. Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche, H.H. Trulshik Rinpoche) on September 2, 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal. H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche was appointed Head of Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism in 2010. Rinpoche has been very compassionate and generous to all sentient beings. We pray for the swift rebirth of H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche in order to continue the flourishing of Dharma activities.

H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche is one of the most venerated and respected masters in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is one of the teachers of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche was born in 1924, the year of the Wood Rat. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet, H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche fled from Tibet and settled in Northern Nepal where he founded the Thunten Choling Monastery.

H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche’s teachers have included Minling Chung Rinpoche, Dordzin Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and especially Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche of whom he was like a heart-son.

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    Minling Khenchen Rinpoche paying respect to H.H. Trulshing Rinpiche’s Kundung and offerings

Sangyum Sonam Lhamo La

Mother of H.H. Dungsay Dalha Gyaltsen Rinpoche

It is with great sadness that we share the unfortunate news that H.H. Dungsay Dalha Gyaltsen Rinpoche’s mother, Sangyum Sonam Lhamo La, passed away on October 4, 2010. The puja, headed by His Holiness, continues daily at the most sacred location in Lhasa, Lhasa Jhokhang, and is being attended by many Rinpoches, Tulkus, Geshes, and Khenpos from the Mindrolling, Dzogchen, Palyul, Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Over one thousand lay people from Lhasa, Nyarong, and Gonjo are also attending the puja. Many of the attendees are disciples of His Holiness.

Sangyum Sonam Lhamo La
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

The 11th Throneholder for the Palyul Lineage of Nyingma Has Passed into Parinirvana

At noon, on March 27, 2009, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche received offerings from H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, H.E. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche and H.E. Dzogchen Rinpoche, along with other Tulkus, Khenpos, and Lamas who had assembled to pay homage to His Holiness.

Later that day, accompanied by an escort, His Holiness departed from the Colombia Asia Hospital in Bangalore at 3:30 p.m. and arrived at his Namdrolling Monastery at 6:45 p.m. His Holiness passed into Parinirvana around 8:30 p.m., Indian time.

His Holiness has been one of the largest contributors in this 21st century for Tibetan Buddhism, particularly to the Nyingma lineage, which has benefited many sentient beings. His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche requests that we all pray for his swift rebirth for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The 11th Throneholder for the Palyul Lineage of Nyingma Has Passed into Parinirvana

As the representative of Mindrolling, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche attended the 49th Grand Puja of Mahaparinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche held at Namdrolling Monastery in South India. May 22, 2009 marked the 49th day of Pariniravana. Around 6:30 am, the Kudung of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was escorted from Zangdokpalri Temple to the main temple, Ogyen Donyag Wosel Dargyeling, in a formal ceremonial procession by all of the Tulkus, Khenpos, Dorje Lopons, monks, nuns and all those who were in attendance on this special day. After the Kudung was placed in the shrine hall, the Minling Dorsem (puja) was conducted which was followed by Lama Chopa from the Namcho Terma. After the puja, all the participants made offerings and paid their respects to the Kudung and later, around 5:00 pm, the Kudung was brought back to the Zangdokpalri Temple and placed in the Guru Lakhang (shrine). The Kudung Rinpoche will remain 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.

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche Will Live Forever in Our Hearts

His Holiness the 11th Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche
First Anniversary Parinirvana – 2009

On Friday, February 27th, 2009 Mindrolling Monastery observed the
First Anniversary of the Parinirvana of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen.

The Kudung of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen was escorted from the Ladrang (residence) to the main shrine hall of the monastery in full ceremonial procession at 7:00 am. The procession was led by all of the Rinpoches and other Teachers who have been receiving the Rinchen Terdzo Wang that has been bestowed over the past couple of months. From 7:00-9:00 am, there was an audience of the Kudung for everyone attending. H.E. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche then presided over the Vajrasattva puja as the anniversary ceremony continued until evening. The Kudung was taken back to the Ladrang, around 5:00 pm, with the full ceremonial procession.

May His Holiness Continue to Guide Us Unceasingly

Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche
His Holiness the 11th Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche
Passes Into Parinirvana – 2008

His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche

His Holiness passed into parinirvana February 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm, the 3rd day of the 1st month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. As the sad news was first released, all of the Tibetan settlements in Dehra Dun, North India, stopped their Losar celebrations and began doing Mani Mantras (Chenrezig). Most of the shops in Dharamsala, H.P. closed immediately after hearing the news. After that, the traditional sacred ceremonies exclusive to His Holiness’ Parinirvana, as well as the annually scheduled ceremonies continued and were attended by hundreds of Sangha in different shrine rooms throughout Mindrolling Monastery. Many have arrived to offer their respects.

The Kudung of Kyabje Minling Trichen Rinpoche

All sacred rituals according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition were performed before placing the Kudung of His Holiness in a traditional reliquary and continued throughout the 49 days after his passing. On the 10th day of the 1st month (Saturday, February 16th) at 10:00 am, H.H. Sakya Trizin’s Khandro Dagmo Kushola and son, Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, and Ngor Luting Shab Drung Rinpoche, along with many other Teachers from different lineages, were in attendance to escort the Kudung to the main Mindrolling monastery shrine room. After the Kudung was positioned in the mandala and all traditional offerings were made, Rinpoches, Monks, and Nuns offered their respects.

Numerous dignitaries, monastics, and lay people from different countries as well as local community members and disciples from the West arrived to offer their respects to the Kudung. While holding khatas in their folded hands, they waited to offer their respects, supplications and aspirations. From 1:00 pm through late evening, the general public continued their offerings. Throughout the entire 49 days of sacred ceremonies for His Holiness, worldwide dignitaries arrived daily to Mindrolling Monastery offering their respects, condolences and support.

Mindrolling’s annually scheduled sacred ceremonies,
Conducted during this time, may be viewed on the Mindrolling News page
Minling Dorsem (Febrary 14-22), Kagyed Drubchen (February 29-March 10), and Thugje Chenpo (March 29).

The sacred ceremonies performed exclusively for the
Parinirvana of H.H. Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche are listed below:

Returning the Kudung of His Holiness

Photo credit: Mindrolling International ©2008

On April 8th, The Kudung of His Holiness was ceremoniously Escorted by the Rinpoches of the Mindrolling Monastery Back to the Ladrang, residence of Kyabje Rinpoche.

“Thugje Chenpo”

Led by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

On March 29th, all Rinpoches, Tulkus, and the entire Sangha of Mindrolling as well as members of the local community and visiting guests attended the ceremony at the Mindrolling monastery. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche arrived March 28th along with Khentrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, Dzongna Yangse Rinpoche and an entourage of monks. His Holiness, the 11th Throneholder of The Palyul Lineage of Nyingma, is considered one of the most respected masters of Tibetan Buddhism. He is well-knowned for his vast knowledge and accomplishments as well as the integrity and strength with which he upholds the Buddhist teachings.

“Vajrakilaya Drubchen”

Led by H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche
In the Stupa Shrine Hall, Ground Floor

The Puja completed March 28th With fire puja and butterlamps prayer in the evening.

“Thugje Chenpo”

Led by Tulku Penam Rinpoche through March 28th
In the Monastery Main Shrine Room
Thukje Chenpo is the main Yidam diety of Mindrolling.

“Zhi Thro”

Led by Dorje Bum Rinpoche through March 28th
Mindrolling Stupa’s Third Floor Shrine Room