All of the Palyul tulkus, khenpos, lamas, monks, nuns and students are deeply saddened by the news of the parinirvana of the great master of the Nyingma School, Kyabjé Dungsé Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche entered into his final meditation (Thugdam) on the 26th of December, 2011 where he abided for seven days. Dungsé Garab Rinpoche informed His Eminence Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche that Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche wanted all his devotees to accumulate the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and/or Vajra Guru mantra as much as possible during this time.
The Sangha Community of Namdroling Monastery will perform a grand Mindroling tradition Vajrasattva Guru Yoga in front of the Maha Bodhi Stupa at Bodhgaya at the time of Nyingma Monlam Chenmo to receive Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche’s blessings. Many monks and nuns have already departed for Bodh Gaya and are carrying through practice there.
We are attaching a Swift Return Prayer written by Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche’s son, Dungsé Garab Rinpoche (PDF):
Kyabjé Dungsé Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was the holder of the Dudjom Tersar lineage. He was a prominent modern teacher in the Nyingma lineage, the eldest son of the great teacher Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, the Second His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. He was the father of Dungsé Garab Rinpoche, Dungsé Jampal Rinpoche, and Dungsé Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Khyentse Rinpoche has posted regarding his father’s passing to Thugdam here on Facebook.
Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche was the incarnation of Tulku Trimé Özer, who was one of seven sons of the First Dudjom Lingpa. He was considered to be an emanation of Longchenpa. In his youth in Tibet he studied for nine years at Mindroling Monastery. His main centers are in the northern Catskills of upstate New York and in California. He wrote many books published by Shambhala, which are possible to find here. Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche and our late Kyabjé Penor Rinpoche had great respect and devotion for each other. These two masters visited each other’s centers in New York State on many occasions over the years.
Those who wish to pay their respects to the Kudung of Kyabjé Dungsé Rinpoche as provided to Namdroling Monastery (UPDATED 7th January 2012):
From 15 Jan: Grant audience to the public for blessing in Delhi upstate New York
Feb. 1st: Kudung Rinpoche arriving in Paro, Bhutan
Feb. 1st-Feb. 4th: in Paro
Feb. 5th: Paro to Rangjung
Feb. 5th-Feb. 9th: in Rangjung at Ranjung Yosercholing Monastery
Feb. 10: Rangjung to Bartsham
Feb. 10-Feb. 12: Bartsham
Feb. 13: Bartsham to Yonphula
Feb. 13-14: Yonphula
Feb. 15: Yunpula to Paro
Feb 15 to March 2nd: in Paro
March 3rd: Cremation Ceremony in Lango, Paro
It is with heartfelt devotion and prayers that we await the swift return of our dear departed masters. May all beings benefit from the blessings of their wisdom minds!