Namdroling Monastery: Four years after the parinirvana of His Holiness Drupwang Pema Norbu (Penor) Rinpoche, the holy body remains (kudung) of the late rinpoche is set to be cremated on May 23, the official website of Palyul monastery has notified recently.
“The cremation will take place on the 13th day of the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, or Thursday, May 23, this year at Namdroling monastery in South India,” the announcement stated.
Sources said the decision was taken after rinpoches, trulkus, khenchenpos and lopens of Namdroling monastery met for a general meeting.
His Holiness was 77 when he passed away on March 29, 2009, in India, following a chronic illness. He was born in 1932 in the Powo region of Kham in Tibet.
He is one of the most profound Buddhist spiritual teachers, and is the third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche, the eleventh throne-holder of the Palyul lineage, and a former supreme head of the Nyingma schools.
According to one of the former students, and currently a teacher in Ngayur Nyingma institute (NNI) in Mysore, Ugyen Wangchuk, it is sad to learn about the cremation. “But cremating a holy body would have been considered only for certain reasons beyond our reach,” he said.
According to some sources, preserving the kudung was suggested by late His Holiness Dungse Rinpoche for benevolent reasons, since Rinpoche was considered and revered as an emanation of Pandit Vimalamitra. “But Chabje Jadrel Rinpoche had also advised to cremate the kudung for some reasons again spiritually beyond our apprehension,” a source said.
The holy remains of late His Holiness is to date preserved in Zangdog Pelri temple of Namdroling monastery in Mysore, India. Many followers, students and devotees from all over the world visit the monastery to pay their respects to the holy remains every year, according to students of NNI.
Rinpoche had thousands of devotees in India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and many countries in the west.
By Samten Yeshi