Recent Scenes from Namdroling Monastery

April 11, 2009 § 2 Comments

I’m not usually a huge fan of modern computer gadgets. Yet lately I’ve become grateful for a lot of them. Thanks to technology, those of us who were not able to travel to India, to Namdroling Monastery, can at least share in the images that others have been willing to share with us. Some have been posted and cross-posted to websites and blogs. Some footage has been put on Youtube.

Below are two postings from Youtube that I greatly appreciated, and I added a few more to the “Videos” page. Thank you to all of you who captured such images for the benefit of all us, students of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. May he return soon to us as a light of wisdom.


A “before” picture of the now mourning Guru Rinpoche Statue

April 10, 2009 § 6 Comments

After much searching, I found what I believe is a before picture of the mourning statue at Namdroling. Yet in the midst of all of this, I hope people don’t forget that the real miracle is HH Penor Rinpoche.


Announcement from Namdroling

April 9, 2009 § Leave a comment



Guru Rinpoche Statue at Namdroling

April 6, 2009 § 6 Comments



(The statue now.)

In addition to all the rainbows reported in the area (even though there’s no rain), the Guru Rinpoche statue inside the Zangdok Palri Temple at Namdroling Monastery is reported to have been seen crying. The statue’s face used to be more of a wrathful face (as all other Guru Rinpoche statues), but now the face has changed into a sad expression. I saw the reaction of some Tibetans when they saw the top picture above, and they were shocked by it. They said it isn’t the way they’ve seen the statue before, even in pictures.

NOTE: I had previously posted a 2nd picture, but I’ve removed it. It was actually an example of the facial expression normally found on Guru Rinpoche statues in general, and not a “before” picture.

UPDATE: I found a “before” picture, which can be found here:



Updates from Namdroling

April 4, 2009 § Leave a comment


His Holiness Completes Thugdam

April 3rd, 2009

His Holiness Penor Rinpche has released his meditation.  Please see the letter below from Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche:

Dear Sangha members,

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche remained in thugdam for almost eight days.  This morning [Friday, April 3, Indian time] he released his meditation.  Now we are preparing to preserve his body for some time so that the public can pay their respects and receive his blessings.

We, the board and faculty of the monastery, have announced that the blessing ceremony will begin on the 9th of April 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. 

We welcome all of our Palyul students, Dharma friends and benefactors  who wish to come for this ceremony or afterward to receive Kyabje Penor Rinpoche’s blessings.

The annual summer retreat for 2009  in the United States will be conducted as usual under the guidance of H.H.Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, H.E. Gyangkhang Tulku Rinpoche, H.E. Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. The details of the retreat will be announced soon in our Palyul website.


Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche



Public Display Announcement

April 1st, 2009


Public display of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s body and receiving blessings will be allowed in the ground floor of Zangdog Palri Temple of Namdroling Monastery on 9th April 2009 (Full moon day of the second Tibetan month) after the completion of thugdam and ablution rituals.

However, if the thugdam continues beyond the expected time, the dates for public display maybe postponed.


The annual Palyul Summer Retreat for 2009 from July 10 to August 10 in New York Upstate, US, will be conducted as usual under the guidance of HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, HE Gyangkhang Tulku Rinpoche, HE Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Details of the retreat announcements will be posted as soon as His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche arrives in Namdroling Monastery.


(Original postings can be found at

No Time To Lose: Letter From a Student

April 4, 2009 § 1 Comment


We live as if there will always be a tomorrow, another chance. Yet that’s not the case.

I remember a teaching that Holiness gave back in summer of 2007. He said we are like little drops of water traveling over a water fall, with the end of the waterfall, the bottom, being death. He said that each moment, we are speedily traveling to our death, with no chance of turning back, just like a drop of water cannot stop its course and decide to go back up the waterfall. Then it’s over. Done. Yes, the river continues, but not the water fall.

So simple, but not really. How many of us assume we can always say, “Thank you,” to someone tomorrow? Or, “I love you.” How about, “You changed my life.”

From the news I’ve gotten, Holiness has released his tukdam. He’s gone. I had begun writing a letter to give to him this summer at retreat. But it’s a letter not to be delivered. I hope somehow he already knows the things I wanted to say.

So, I decided to write a different letter……..

Holiness, you quickly became the center of my world, and will always be so. I wondered for years how I would know my Guru, my Heart Teacher, when I met him/her. When I met you, I no longer had questions. I knew. For the first time in my life, when you looked at me, I felt seen, that someone had actually seen me for the first time in my life. And you didn’t judge. You simply held me, all of us, with your wisdom and immeasurable compassion.

Dearest Guru, please forgive me, I pray, for falling short of being a good monk. I have not even become an okay monk. I’m sorry for not realizing the preciousness of each moment I had with you during summer 2007.

Precious One, I don’t have special qualities, nor do I expect to ever possess any. So, in an attempt to alleviate suffering, I went to nursing school, to try and help somehow. I finish my program in 6 weeks. I wanted to tell you this summer, and ask for your guidance. I wanted somehow for this to be an offering to you. But it was in the middle of a class that I received a phone call, that you had passed into your final meditation.

Please, come back to us. Don’t leave us without a light. I promise to live my vows purely. I promise to never turn a blind eye to suffering. I promise to never stop nourishing the Bodhichitta you awakened in my heart. I promise to not let another day go by without lifting my heart to you in devotion. I hope it’s not too late.

I dedicated my all to you the last time I met with you. May I live the remainder of my life fulfilling that promise.

With much love and devotion,
A student who misses you


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