Today is the trifold anniversary
Of Buddha Sakya Muni.
He was born, got enlightened
And attained parinirvana
On the full moon days of this month
26 centuries before now.
This is the time for us to remember that great apostle of peace.
The teacher who taught us to train
Our mind and awaken within us
The great wisdom and compassion.
By Ringu Tulku
25th May 2013
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The funeral went very well today. We were worried about the weather as the monsoon has not yet left and it is all the time cloudy and rainy. Bu this morning the Kanchenjunga was fully visible. The sky was completely clear and blue.
The cremation was done at Taktse were you could directly see the Kanchenjunga mountains. The fire offering was done by two group of 10 Lamas each. Nyingma group performed with Chenrezik sadhana and The Kagyu group performed with Amitabha sadhana. There appeared all different forms of clouds in the sky and when the fire was lit a group of eagles circled in the sky above for about 3 or 4 times and then disappeared. The smoke only blew towards the west all through the hours and the body also fell its head towards the west.
Many well wishers from Sikkim as well as from outside Sikkim came and gave us support. I have received sympathy and good wishes from all over the world and I would like to thank all of them on this occasion.
Today the Sakya and Ngorpa Monastery in Gangtok also performed the name burning practice through the sadhana of Vairochana where about 70 monks were in Summer Retreat. We offered lunch and distributed donations.
It seems Uncle Thondup Dorjee came out of samadhi after around 70 hours with some liquid coming out of the nostril. His body still was much more flexible than when he was alive. Now we have put him in the box with due ceremony. The funeral will take place on Wednesday 5th September.
I have received many messages of condolence and good wishes from many of my friends and students. I would like to thank them all as I can not send mails to each of them at this moment.
This is to inform you that my uncle Thondup Dorjee passed away today the Full moon day at 5 pm Indian time at the age of 90. He had some yogurt and some milk about half an hour before and also took one Karmapa black pill. He did not seem to be in any kind of pain or discomfort. Then he seem to go to sleep and after sometime when mother looked to see if he needed anything he was no more. He was sleeping on his right side. It was like going to sleep. I have already informed HH the Gyalwang Karmapa, H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche, H.E. Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Bod Tulku Rinpoche and Lachung Rinpoche who was kind enough to come and do prayers. We have monks from Chorten Monastery and Rumtek monastery already doing practices. The monks in Rigul Monastery in Tibet are also informed. We will continue to inform and ask prayers from Rinpoches and Monasteries of course starting from HH the Dalai Lama.
He was very happy to visit many of the countries in the west and continued to talk about his pleasant times there. Please pray for his smooth transit and that he will be able to continue his Bodhisattva activities in a grand way. Kindly inform people who might like to know.
17th July 2012 – Bodhicharya Summer Camp, Braga, Portugal.
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