His Holiness Penor Rinpoche Enters Nirvana
The 11th throneholder of the Palyul Lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, entered his final meditation at 8:20 pm on Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Palyul Namdröling Monastery in Bylakuppe, South India.
Earlier, at noon, he received offerings from many of the highest Nyingma Lamas, Tulkus and dignitaries who had assembled to pay homage to him. At 3:30 he left Columbia Asia Hospital with the Indian government providing a police escort. He reached Palyul Namdröling at 6:40 pm and remained on his bed in his residence. Tulkus, Khenpos and lamas did aspiration prayers together with His Holiness until 8:20 pm. Then he looked around, 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 Penor Rinpoche remained in thugdam for six and a half days. On the morning of Friday 3rd April at 8.00 am Indian time, he released his body from meditation and entered Parinirvana in his own private quarters at the Namdroling Monastery. Lama Dondrup Dorje was one of a handful of Lamas, Tulkus and Khenpos who were able to offer homage and khata to His Holiness’ body inside his private quarters. His Holiness looked totally at peace after remaining in Thugdam for nearly one week. His face was one of radiance and his body produced the scent of sandalwood which permeated the whole room and its surroundings. The fragrance was so tangible in the air that it could be sensed even at the garden outside. The sweet fragrance of sandalwood is the sign that symbolises the highest level of pure morality that His Holiness has perfected. Immediately afterwards on the same morning, His Holiness’s body was prepared for preservation so that the devotees can pay their respects to His Holiness and receive blessings from his holy body.
The board and faculty of the Namdroling Monastery has announced that the Blessing Ceremony will begin on 9th April (the full moon day of the 2nd Tibetan month) 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. All Palyul students and Dharma friends are welcome to attend this ceremony or to come afterwards during the 49-day period to receive His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s blessings.
Kyabjé Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1932 in the Powo region of Kham, Eastern Tibet. After leaving Tibet, he settled in South India, where he built, from his own hands and with the help of a few monks, the Palyul Namdröling Monastery. It has grown into one of the largest temples 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 around the world – in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, United Kingdom, Greece and the United States – among others. He has frequently traveled to teach and give empowerment at all of them. Worldwide, His Holiness is revered for his compassion, pure upholding of the Vinaya and 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.
Video: The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche by Pathgate Institute