Friday, March 27, 2009

Prominent Tulkus Rush to Aid Stricken Penor Rinpoche


Amid calls for cohesion in the sangha, prominent tulkus from numerous lineages are rushing to Namdroling Monastery where, in just a few hours time, they will conduct divinations and perform rituals intended to aid stricken Palyul lineage leader His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, who was taken to hospital at 3:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 24, 2009 under emergency conditions, and remains in the Intensive Care Unit at famed Columbia Asia Hospital in Bangalore.

Last month, the internationally venerated senior Palyul lineage master Gyaltrul Rinpoche stated, "His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is very sick and might be going away soon. We have all had lots of empowerments with His Holiness, taken many vows and broken many. They say that it is most effective to purify your connection with a teacher while he is still here with us, and we all need to purify."

Reached by telephone a few moments ago, a hospital spokesperson identified as Patel characterized the 77 year old diabetic's current condition as "of extremely serious concern to his doctors." He has been admitted to hospital several times in the past months, and is in steadily declining health.

Meanwhile, numerous prominent tulkus, including Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Ralu Rinpoche, and Ringo Tulku Rinpoche, are currently arriving at Penor Rinpoche's monastery. Nyingmapa patriarch Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche is also reportedly preparing to attend.

An unusual and singularly worded official statement issued Tuesday, but circulated Wednesday, over the signature of secretary Lobsang Chophel, begged for dissident Nyingma factions "
to put aside past disagreements and not to engender any new ones."

Keywords: His Holiness Penor Rinpoche health, hospital update

Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche has advised repeating 10,000,000 (ten million) recitations of the Riwo Sangchö practice. Riwo Sangcho is the work of Lhatsun Namkha Jigme (1597-1653), a manifestation of both Vimalamitra and Longchenpa. It is the mangak or innermost instruction of his pure vision terma Rigdzin Sokdrup, or 'Accomplishing the Life Force of the Vidyadharas.' This practice exists in unbroken lineage to the present time, through the so-called "Sikkim Dzogchen," directly to Penor Rinpoche's root guru, who was himself an incarnation of Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. Thus it is that Riwo Sangcho practice, which is understood to both remove obstacles associated with unpaid karmic debts, and to prolong life, is believed to be particularly necessary and effective in the present circumstances. The complete text of Riwo Sangcho, as prepared for the present age by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, has been available for download on the web for several years. We also reprint it here. If one's motivation in reading this text or attempting its performance is to prolong the life of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, what is wrong with that?

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1 reader comments:

Anonymous said...

Just to post a correction. The email is here:

The intention of the reminder to the sangha to be harmonious and not to gossip is not something extraordinary. This is just a normal reminder. The way you have it worded above, it sounds like there was trouble when in fact everyone was one hundred percent focused on Holiness. Not sure if you meant to imply differently (you say "amid calls"), but wanted to clarify just in case.

Also - we didn't mention any "dissident Nyingma factions." Not sure where you found that in our email? But in reality all that was written is very usual in the case of a Rinpoche whom we love and revere so much having been in that state and the state he is now.

With many prayers for you and all beings!