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September 8, 2008

Punjab Newsline
Saturday, 06 September 2008

DHARAMSHALA, September 6-The Central Tibetan Administration mourns 
the demise of Taktser Rinpoche Thupten Jigme Norbu, former 
representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Japan and former 
abbot of Kumbum monastery in Amdo.

Taktser Rinpoche, who is the eldest brother of His Holiness the Dalai 
Lama, breathed his last at his home in Indiana in the United States, 
on Friday evening, 5 September, owing to prolonged illness. He was 86 
years old.

As a mark of respect and gratitude for dedicating his entire life to 
the revival of Tibet's heritage and hope for the Tibetan people, the 
departments and offices of the Administration would remain closed 
this afternoon, following an hour-long prayer session at 2 p.m.

Senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration, including the 
members of the Kashag, will attend the prayer session.

In his brief address, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche expressed his 
condolences to the family members over the sad demise of Taktser 

Taktser Rinpoche was recognized at the age of three as the 
reincarnated abbot of Kumbum monastery in Amdo, Tibet, one of the 
most important monasteries in Tibet, and was therefore already a 
prominent figure in Tibet's religious hierarchy even before his 
brother His Holiness the Dalai Lama was born.

In 1950, when His Holiness the Dalai Lama was still in Lhasa, Chinese 
officials attempted to persuade Taktser Rinpoche to travel to Lhasa 
and convince His Holiness the Dalai Lama to accept the "peaceful 
liberation" of Tibet, even promising to make him the governor of 
Tibet if he succeeded, according to one account. Taktser Rinpoche 
eventually agreed to travel to Lhasa to see His Holiness, but evaded 
his Chinese escorts on route and instead conveyed to His Holiness the 
Dalai Lama his deep misgivings about China's influence in Tibet, and 
urging His Holiness to retreat to the border with India.

Upon leaving Tibet in the 1950s and over a long and prolific writing 
career, he wrote several academic papers and books on Tibet including 
his own autobiography, Tibet Is My Country, one of the first books on 
the Tibetan experience to have scholarly credibility. He went on to 
serve as Professor of Tibetan Studies at Indiana University in the 
United States, where in 1979 he founded the Tibetan Cultural Center.

Taktser Rinpoche was a tireless advocate for the protection of 
Tibetan culture and the rights of the Tibetan people in Tibet. Each 
year - including this year prior to the Beijing Olympics - he 
participated in long walks and cycle rides to raise awareness of the 
plight of the Tibetan people.

He is survived by his wife Kunyang Norbu, and three sons.
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