On the passing of Great Beings,
Homage to these Great Bodhisattva beings and their enlightened activities in the world,
Pray for their swift return, that they may continue to benefit sentient beings.

On the passing of great Lamas, most recently… (to be updated)

His Eminence Ninth Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

An account of Rinpoche’s final days from Thrangu Tashi Chöling Monastery

To all those around the world who have a connection, direct or indirect, with the Lord of Refuge, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:

With great regret, we would like to share some sad news with you.
On May 5, 2023, the fifteenth day of the third Tibetan month of the Water Hare Year, at the age of ninety-one, the Lord of Refuge Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, tutor to the Gyalwang Karmapa, displayed the appearance of ill health. When his disciples requested him to go to the hospital, he refused at first but relented when asked again, and was brought to the hospital.

At that time, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, out of his immeasurable compassion, spontaneously wrote a powerful long life prayer, instructed all the Kagyu shedras to perform long life practices on Rinpoche’s behalf, and kindly gave much advice and guidance. The sanghas of all lineages and in particular the Kagyu monasteries inside and outside Tibet as well as many faithful students put great effort into long life practices.

Chamgön Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche, Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche, and other great lamas came specifically to see Rinpoche in the hospital. They showed inconceivable kindness by performing long life empowerments and life summoning practices as well as offering representations of body, speech, and mind and making extensive prayers.

Even so, Rinpoche was unable to recover, so he returned to his monastic seat, Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery in Namo Buddha.

Finally, on June 4, the full moon day of the fourth Tibetan month, Saga Dawa-the sacred anniversary of the Buddha Shakyamuni, our incomparably kind teacher, passing into parinirvana-Rinpoche decided that he had completed his activity for this life.

At 1:30 PM, he lay down in the same posture as the Buddha Shakyamuni had lain in when passing into parinirvana and then displayed the appearance of his mind dissolving into the undefiled, luminous dharma expanse and passing into peace. Immediately, Kyabje Lodrö Nyima Rinpoche offered Rinpoche a reminder of the tukdam meditation.

The Gyalwang Karmapa instructed that, as Rinpoche needed to be in a peaceful environment, this news should not be announced for four days. This is the reason why no announcement has been made until now.

Thrangu Tashi Chöling Monastery
June 8, 2023

I sincerely pray for His Eminence Ninth Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s swift rebirth, and his enlightened intentions to be fulfilled without any obstruction. Kagyu Mahamudra, Dzogchen Lineage Master and Geshe Lharampa Rinpoche peacefully passed away on 4th June in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was the head abbot of the Karma Kagyu lineage an accomplished philosopher, teacher and practitioner.

(Posted by Tibetan Buddhist Dharma, Facebook, June 9 2023)

His Eminence Choje Togdan Rinpoche has entered Parinirvana

His Eminence Choje Togdan Rinpoche 1938 – May 25, 2023

It is with true sadness that we share the news that His Eminence Choje Togdan Rinpoche has entered Parinirvana. In honor of his lifetime of immense dedicated service to the Drikung Kagyu lineage in Ladakh, we extend our heartfelt condolences to all of his disciples and pray for his swift rebirth.  

Message from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche “We performed many long-life prayers and recited White Tara mantras for Choje Togdan Rinpoche. Someone might think that these long-life prayers didn’t work but that’s not true.   We supplicate to the lama to remain for as long as samsara exists. Such a long-life prayer is very beneficial. It benefits his future activities to benefit beings. It becomes a long-life practice for all spiritual teachers, a fulfillment of the intent of masters who have deceased, a healing ceremony for those who are alive. The long-life prayers we make for the lamas are the best long-life practice we can do for ourselves because there is no self-grasping. So whatever practice we do for the lama, is an even greater practice for ourselves by a hundred and a hundred thousand times.   Therefore, students, do not worry. Your practice becomes a fulfillment of his enlightened intent, and sets into place the auspiciousness for the accomplishment of beings’ purpose in the future. Thank you to all students!”

In his introduction to the 1999 translation of Jamgon Kongtrul’s landmark text The Teacher-Student Relationship, Gyatrul Rinpoche wrote:

All teachers must eventually leave this world, just as did the Buddha himself. Yet, the lineage that we still receive, the legacy of their enlightened awareness, is passed on from generation to generation through the teachings that remain. Since that is inevitable, what we have to call a lineage in their physical absence is the blessing of their unbroken lineage of teachings. This is what we, in turn, are expected to pass on to our and future generations. If we were to depend solely upon the physical presence of the teacher, then the lineages would have been lost long ago. The Buddha said, “I shall reveal the path that leads to liberation. You must practice the path in order to reach liberation.”

Gyatrul Rinpoche (1925 – 2023)

“We are all very aware of the exceptional life that Rinpoche lived and how Rinpoche dedicated himself to the propagation of [the] Buddhadharma, especially as a pioneer in the West in the 1970s until the present time,” the Tashi Choling Center for Buddhist Studies observed. “We are eternally grateful for Rinpoche’s example, kindness, vajra presence, teachings, and wisdom blessings that have been a part of our lives for so many years.”

[Extract from]

Everybody is going to die ~ Gyatrul Rinpoche

“Everybody is going to die…What do we need? Something to practice! [It could be any of the many practices or mantras (Mani, Vajra Guru, Tara, Vajrasattva) you have received, or the refuge prayer and bodhicitta and so on.] Right now everybody has something! None of you can say you don’t have a mantra or a practice. Now do it!”

~ Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche


(Posted by pemalotus, Instagram, 13 April 2023)

Born in 1925 in Szechuan Province, China, Gyatrul Rinpoche was recognized as a reincarnate tulku in his eighth year by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro and Tulku Natsok Rangrol. He was enthroned and taken to Dhomang Monastery, where he underwent many years of formal study and training. In 1959, at the onset of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, Gyatrul Rinpoche fled to India where he lived for 12 years. In 1972, he was chosen as the Nyingmapa representative accompanying the first group of Tibetans to resettle in Canada.

After arriving in North America and traveling across the U.S. and Canada, Gyatrul Rinpoche was appointed as His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s spiritual representative in 1976. He went on to establish Buddhist centers across the United States and Mexico and authored books including Meditation, Transformation, and Dream Yoga translated by two of students, Sangye Khandro, and B. Alan Wallace and The Generation Stage in Buddhist Tantra

Following his death [08/04/2023], Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche posted a remembrance of Gyatrul Rinpoche to his Facebook page.

“There are many teachers in my life who I have known to possess great wisdom and knowledge. One who could read others’ minds without obstruction, however, as transparently as looking at the palm of one’s hand — there are very few. Gyatrul Rinpoche was one of them,” he writes.

“He was in this world for almost a century, living into his late nineties according to the Tibetan calendar. In all his activities Gyatrul Rinpoche was exemplarily in carrying out the benefit of beings. Even in his passing he wanted his remains to be a gift of generosity to beings. This sums up who he was — not wasting a single drop of blood or an ounce of flesh in benefiting beings.”

In their announcement of his passing, Tashi Choling states the traditional 49-day ceremony will be held in Gyatrul Rinpoche’s honor in monasteries in Asia and at their center in Ashland, Oregon. 

(Posted by Lion’s Roar, April 10, 2023)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche (1946 – 2023)

(13/04/23) morning at 9:30 am Nepal time, HE Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche entered into parinirvana at the age of 77 years old and now Rinpoche is in the state of thukdam.

Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is a Buddhist lama who was born in Thami, Nepal, in 1946. He is recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, who was a disciple of the famous Tibetan yogi, Milarepa. Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama at a young age by Lama Thubten Yeshe, who became his principal teacher and mentor.

Rinpoche has spent his life spreading the teachings of the Buddha around the world. He is one of the founders of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international network of Buddhist centers, monasteries, and social service projects. Rinpoche has also established several monasteries and nunneries in India and Nepal and has been instrumental in the development of various educational and social projects.

Rinpoche is known for his compassionate nature and his ability to connect with people from all walks of life. He is a revered teacher, and his teachings emphasize the importance of developing a kind heart and a clear mind. Rinpoche’s teachings also focus on the practice of compassion and the cultivation of wisdom, which are essential for achieving lasting happiness and inner peace.

Rinpoche has authored several books, including “The Door to Satisfaction,” “Transforming Problems into Happiness,” and “Ultimate Healing.” His teachings and guidance continue to inspire and benefit countless individuals around the world.

~GBoW Admins

(Posted by Dilgo Khyentse Fellowship ~ Shechen, Great Beings of the World, 13 April 2023)

Dear Students and Friends of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

It is with the deepest sadness that I offer my condolences on the passing of the incomparable Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche had a close personal relationship and received many teachings from my predecessor H.H the 6th Kyabje Ling Rinpoche throughout his lifetime.

I have had a very close spiritual and personal relationship with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche throughout my own lifetime, from birth up until now, so this news is unbelievably sad and shocking to hear.

For all of us who are Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s disciples, this is the greatest teaching our Lama can give – the teaching of impermanence. Therefore, we must not be discouraged or lose hope. We can feel even more encouraged to put Rinpoche’s teachings into practice and to continue working towards the swift fulfilment of Rinpoche’s pure and vast aspirations and prayers.

Please take this opportunity to rejoice in how incredibly fortunate we have been to receive Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings and blessings, and to witness the profound example of Rinpoche’s amazing life and accomplishments. This can inspire us to continue with our practice and not to be discouraged.

I offer my deepest, heartfelt condolences to all of you who are grieving now, all around the world, especially all the students, staff, volunteers and friends of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT organisation. Please join with me in praying for Rinpoche’s swift return!

With my love and prayers

Ling Rinpoche
Vienna Austria
13th April 2023

(Posted by Root Institute for Wisdom, Facebook, 13 April 2023)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was the reincarnation of the Nyingma yogi Kunsang Yeshe, the renowned Lawudo Lama from the Mount Everest region of Nepal.

May the incredible life that he had led forever continue to inspire us all. May we all pray for the swift rebirth of this great master.

(Image of Lama Zopa Rinpoche in tukdam, the period following death where a great master is absorbed in the luminosity of the nature of mind.)

(Posted by Nyingma Masters, Facebook, 15 April 2023)

Impermanence and death don’t wait for us
Every moment, we are so close to death.
Every moment of this life is to prepare for death.
Every moment of this life is to free ourselves from suffering.
Every moment of this life is to achieve peerless happiness.
Every moment of this life is to make the greatest purification.
Every moment of this life is to accumulate extensive merit,
with the thought of impermanence and bodhicitta,
and with the practice of guru yoga,
seeing our own mind as one with the holy mind of the guru and the deity,
which is the wisdom of non-dual bliss and voidness.

This is crazy Zopa’s advice for students and friends, forever, until enlightenment is achieved.

(Posted by lamayeshewisdomarchive, Instagram, 14 April 2023)

Khadro la very clearly said that Rinpoche [Lama Zopa Rinpoche] took on the obstacles for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and maybe other Lamas also, but definitely Rinpoche took on obstacles of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

(Posted by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive/ Bill Kane, Facebook, 22 April 2023)

Picture: Khadro la (Khandro Kunga Bhuma) [left] with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche [right].

Prayers for the Swift Return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche

𝗙𝗣𝗠𝗧 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀: 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘪 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘧𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘡𝘰𝘱𝘢 𝘙𝘪𝘯𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘯. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴’𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 (𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘨𝘦 5), 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘙𝘪𝘯𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦’𝘴 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘧𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯, 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘺 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘮 𝘙𝘪𝘯𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘱𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 […].

Prayers for the Swift Return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche

(Shared by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, Facebook, 17/04/2023)