Practice Advice for Students of His Holiness, Penor Rinpoche

March 29, 2009 § Leave a comment


The following email was sent from Palyul Ling International:

We are writing with very sad news, news which we would never wish to deliver but must.

Our precious root teacher, our Tsawé Lama, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, has entered Thugdam, the final state of meditation before departing this body. Rinpoche entered this state at Namdroling Monastery in South India on Friday, March 27, at 8:20 pm.

A press release posted at gives further information regarding the circumstances surrounding this occurrence. You can find it here:

For those who have studied and practiced with His Holiness, and consider Rinpoche as their Root Guru or Tsawé Lama, please carefully read the following advice, as all students should carry out their practices at this time based upon the instructions received at the levels they have completed.

Ngondro and Tsa Lung students should follow the instructions outlined in the Guru Yoga practice, also known as Lama’i Naljor. At the dissolution stage they should merge their mindstream with the meditation of His Holiness.

Dzogchen students should practice according to the teachings they have received, entering into meditation as instructed. This is the best time to merge your mindstream with the meditation of His Holiness.

All others should follow practices according to the instructions given to you by His Holiness. Dorje Sempa (Vajrasattva), is also recommended.

If you wish to come to the monastery, please know that His Holiness will remain in meditation for several days and that the best time to join us is after Rinpoche comes out of the state of Thugdam. To help with your travel plans, it is suggested you consider coming in about seven to ten days.

For now, it may not be possible to send out further emails so please check the Palyul website, as any information that becomes available will be posted there. We have also enabled an RSS feed on the news page of so, if you are familiar with this technology, you may stay in touch in that way.

Now is the time for us all to join together as one heart, merging our meditation with that of His Holiness.

Lama Lobsang Chophel, Secretary
28 March, 2009


Palyul Ling International


Passing of His Holiness

March 29, 2009 § 2 Comments


March 27, 2008, the beloved Guru, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, entered into the final stages of meditation. I am still in shock, disbelief, and confusion. I had begun preparing for this summer’s retreat with him, in New York. But now I pray for his quick return to us.

Here’s the official letter from Namdroling Monastery regarding the passing of His Holiness:

March 28th, 2009

The 11th Throneholder of the Palyul Lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, entered the final stage of meditation at 8:20 PM on Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Palyul Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, South India.

Earlier, at noon, His Holiness received offerings from many of the highest Nyingma Lamas, Tulkus and dignitaries who had assembled to pay homage to him. Rinpoche left Columbia Asia Hospital at 3:30 PM with a Indian police escort arranged with the assistance of the Bhutanese government. He reached Palyul Namdroilng at 6:40 PM and remained on his bed at the residence. Tulkus, Khenpos and lamas did aspiration prayers together with His Holiness until 8:20 PM. At that time Rinpoche looked around and then closed his eyes and went into meditation.

Prayers contined for 5 minutes and then everyone remained in silence for the next two hours. His Holiness’ meditation continues today, and is expected to continue for the next several days. When His Holiness releases his body from meditation, there will be an official acknowledgement of the final passing, allowing everyone to pay their respects according to tradition.

Kyabjé Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1932 in the Powo region of Kham, Eastern Tibet. His Holiness settled in South India where he built, from his own hands and with the help of a few monks, the Palyul Namdroling Monastery. The monastery has grown into one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist Dharma centers 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 and established Dharma Centers around the world – in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, United Kingdom, Greece, Canada and the United States – among others. His Holiness frequently traveled to teach and give empowerments at all of them. Worldwide, His Holiness is revered for his loving kindness and compassion, pure upholding of the Vinaya with ceaseless dedication to the welfare for all beings. He has brought and nourished the Buddha-Dharma everywhere he has been.

He will live forever in our hearts.

Lama Lobsang Chophel, Secretary
28 march, 2009

Update on His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Health

March 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

Sent out by Palyul Ling International:

March 24th, 2009

Tashi Delek Friends, 

We have been instructed  to send out the following update as to the condition and health of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. This email is slightly different from that sent to the general public.  

閱讀中文請按以下網址 ( Please click on the link for Chinese version. )


May all beings benefit!
As follows:  


Dear (Contact First Name),

We wish to inform you that His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Columbia Asia Hospital in Bangalore on March 24, at 3 AM. Health care arrangements for His Holiness are under the constant supervision of a Western-trained physician, and the condition of His Holiness has somewhat stabilized. 

Since we last wrote to you six weeks ago, His Holiness’ condition has fluctuated with some good days and some less so. Please rest assured that all new information regarding the condition of His Holiness will be communicated as swiftly as possible. There is no need to contact the monastery, as any updates will be sent via email as soon as it is needed.
On the 25th of the First Month, March 21, the entire Palyul Namdroling Sangha gathered to conduct prayers for His Holiness long life and return to good health at the monastery.  Those stationed abroad returned to the monastery to join in this practice and many monks and nuns worldwide also participated.
On the first day of the Second Month (27 March, 2009), many of the highest Nyingmapa lamas will join the Namdroling sangha to continue with beneficial practices determined by divination. Among those who have indicated they will attend are Dzogchen Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Ralu Rinpoche, and Ringo Tulku Rinpoche. 

For close students, it would be quite good if you could stay home from work on this day, or gather together in a harmonious fashion at your local dharma center, to practice. For those of us who cannot stay home or join with others, please don’t worry but just keep the mantras lightly in mind while engaged in daily activities. All of us will dedicate our practice to the long life of His Holiness, and for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche has advised the repetition of 10,000,000 recitations of the Riwo Sangchö practice. Currently, monks at Namdroling monastery are carrying through with this practice. Vajrasattva practice is also quite good, but our main focus should be on Riwo Sangchö.

All of the high lamas have indicated that a positive result is very much dependent on us, the students of His Holiness. It is very important to keep in mind our connection as a global sangha community, to put aside past disagreements and not to engender any new ones. We have been reminded that our pure Samaya needs to be maintained at all times, not only in the presence of His Holiness or the precious teachers who instruct us. We should especially refrain from speculation and any form of gossip, particularly with respect to the condition and medical treatment of His Holiness. As His Holiness has taught us, we should keep our minds in a relaxed state.

The greatest offering we can make for our Tsawé Lama is our love for one another as a family, while maintaining pure samaya with our blessed teacher, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Through our practice and the healing of our connection with one another, may the light of the Dharma grow as strong as possible, and may the good health of His Holiness swiftly return! 

Please do forward to close students of Palyul so that all may join together in practice now.

With blessings and kindest regards,

Lama Lobsang Chophel
24 March, 2009


Sincerely, Palyul Ling International

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