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Tribute to Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche

H.H. Trulshik Rinpoche Has Passed Away

His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche passed into parinirvana at the age 88, on 2nd September 2011, due to deteriorating health. His Holiness was one of the most accomplished modern masters of the Nyingma lineage. A lineage holder of many dharma lineages and a teacher of many of the present day Tibetan masters including the H.H. Dalai Lama, the 16th Karmapa Dilgo Khyentse, and Glossary Link Tulku Ugyen. He had also been involved in the recognition of the reincarnations of some well‐known Rinpoches; Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse, amongst others. It is said that thirty of His Holiness’s previous incarnations have been in India, one of which was Ananda, the disciple of the Buddha who persuaded the Buddha to allow women to take ordination. Seventeen of his previous incarnations were in Tibet. His knowledge is said to be extensive in Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Hinayana Buddhism. He is seen as the highest Vajra guru and the recognized reincarnation of Terton Dongak Lingpa and other major masters of Tibet and India.

1. Trulshik Rinpoche, had settled in the main Solu valley of Nepal. All forms of Buddhism emphasize the importance of a teacher, someone who literally embodies the teaching of the Buddha and vitalizes the written word. Any monk may be called a lama, as indeed any layman who assumes certain religious responsibilities may. The title Rinpoche, which means precious one, is reserved for widely respected lamas. In Tibetan tul means illusion; shig means kill; hence, this teacher’s name means precious destroyer of illusion. Ignorant are they who do not recognize the evanescence of worldly things and who
tenaciously cleave to them as final realities;….ignorant are those who do not understand that there is no such thing as an egosoul.. Buddhism, therefore, most emphatically maintains that...we must radically dispel this illusion, this ignorance, this root of evil and suffering in this life. D. T. Suzuki (outline of Mahayana Buddhism).

2. Overview of Chiwang monastery from Ratnagiri. Chiwang Monastery is one of the satellite monastery linked to Rongbuk monastery. Rongbuk lies on the northern‐side of Mt. Everest. It is there, Trulshik Rinpoche lived with thousands of monks and nuns before he had to flee due to Chinese invasion in 1959.Solukhumbu Valley, Nepal.

3. Monks set down the palanquin that Trulshig Rinpoche, a Buddhist lama highly respected by Sherpas and Tibetans, can greet supplicants on the trail. Rinpoche, the former abbot of Rongbuk Monastery on the north side of Mount Everest, now resides in Nepal at Thupten Choling, to the south of Khumbu.

4. Thupten Choling is a celibate Buddhist monastery located in the high and remote mountains of Nepal. Founded by His Holiness Trulsik Rinpoche in the 1960's after fleeing Tibet, it is an independent and autonomous institution. Consequently, Thupten Choling has been able to remain authentically traditional, and hidden from the outside world. It receives all manner of offerings from a widely scattered group of people. It serves a social function by distributing to the needy much of the food and clothing that it receives. Solukhumbu, Nepal.

5. Trulshik Rinpoche officiates the fire ceremony during Mani Rimdu Festival. He assumes the role of one who sacrifices without desire for repayment. Dressed as such a Bodhistava figure, he wears a crown decorated with painted images of Buddha representing five categories of wisdom, the Jinas.
Chiwang Monastery, Solu, Nepal.

6. Trulshik Rinpoche blesses photographer, Thomas L. Kelly during Mani Rimdu Festival at Chiwang Monastery, Solu, Nepal.

7. His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche performing ritual during Coronation Ceremony of Kyabje Urgyen Tulku at Chyoki Nima’s Monastery. Kathmandu, Nepal.

8. His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche with Kyabje Urgyen Tulku during Coronation Ceremony at Chyoki Nima’s Monastery. Kathmandu, Nepal.

9. His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche blessing monks during Coronation Ceremony of Kyabje Urgyen Tulku at Chyoki Nima’s Monastery. Kathmandu, Nepal.

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