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On the Passing of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

The following is a letter by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:

To the Shambhala Community,

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I write to you today with the passing of His Holiness Drupwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. His Holiness single-handedly revitalized and strengthened the Nyingma tradition. He also had a profound effect on the Shambhala lineage and community.

His Holiness enthroned me as the Sakyong, and one of his last activities was his confirmation and enthronement of Khandro Tseyang as the Sakyong Wangmo. He was also a teacher, advisor, and ally for me. He played a tremendous role in the Tibetan community as one of the key teachers and supporters of Tibetan culture and spirituality. He was a true bodhisattva who worked tirelessly, with great courage and conviction. He was genuine and undaunted by hardships. It is hard to imagine a world without his presence.

During this time, while His Holiness is in the state of samadhi, it is appropriate for students to practice meditation, remembering his kindness and blessings. Vajrayana students may recite the Vajrasattva mantra, purifying obscurations, and practice guruyoga sadhanas.

During this very sad and devastating time, my thoughts and prayers go out to all the tulkus, khenpos, lamas, and thousands upon thousands of monks and nuns that were under His Holiness’s care. I have no doubt that they will fulfill all the wishes of Rinpoche and continue the tireless work of planting the victory banner of dharma.

With heartfelt blessings,

The Sakyong

The Sakyong’s remarks have been translated into Chinese and are posted online here.

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1 response to “ On the Passing of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche ”
  1. Chime Drolma/Nansea Tomalty
    Apr 2, 2009

    HH Penor Rinpoche called to me in 2000, a call that was to change my world from that day forward. I was a Shambhalian at the time and not familiar with the Palyul lineage or Holiness being the head of the Nyingmapas. I only knew that he was offering teachings & empowerments, including those of Guru Padmashambhava and Yeshe Tsogel, and that I had to attend. Despite my immense ignorance at the time, my open heart was completely and irrevocably magnetized by this very powerful, yet amazingly humble, accessible and humourous, precious teacher.

    This occurred a week before I was scheduled to go to Nova Scotia to search for a house to be near the seat of Shambhala. I immediately fell in love with the landscape of Nova Scotia, with my current husband (who also became a student of Holiness) & stepchildren, yet I was far from my Guru in India. My path became clearer when I quickly discovered that Holiness offers an annual 7-year Vajrayana Retreat in Palyul’s New York Monastery. I have been blessed with the great joy of studying with Holiness throughout this time despite my many setbacks. My entire heart, along with his other students, is with Holiness in his paranirvana.

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