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OBITUARY: Venerable Chodak Gyatso Nubpa

October 20, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 17, 2009

Dharamshala: The Central Tibetan Administration
deeply mourned the sad demise of Venerable Chodak
Gyatso Nubpa, who served as the chairman of the
10th Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies from
1988 ­ 1990 and took leading roles in the
administration and non governmental organisations
in the exile Tibetan community.

Ven. Chodak Gyatso Nubpa passed away after
prolonged illness in the northeastern Indian city
of Gangtok on 13 October. He was 58.

As a mark of respect, the departments and offices
of the Administration remained closed
this  afternoon, following an hour-long prayer
session at 2:15 p.m.  Senior officials from the
Supreme Justice Commission, Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile, Kashag and three autonomous
bodies attended the prayer session.

In his condolence message, Kalon Venerable
Tsering Phuntsok praised late Chodak Gyatso's
contribution, dedication and selfless devotion to
the Tibetan cause. He was extolled for his
mastery of both traditional Tibetan and modern education.

Born into an eminent Nyingma lineage family in
1951 in Aninkar, Tibet, Chodak Gyatso began his
education at the age of four at Nyendril Ling
Monastery. With his family, he fled Tibet in
1959. Many of his immediate family died during the perilous escape into India.

Chodak Gyatso received his school education from
the Tibetan school in Mussoorie. He continued his
studies in traditional and modern education at
the Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies. He later
spent two years at the University of Delhi,
studying both Eastern and Western philosophy at the postgraduate level.

He received teachings and transmissions from many
learned spiritual teachers, including His
Eminence Dudjom Rinpoche and H.E. Dilgo Kheyntse Rinpoche.

Chodak Gyatso worked in various capacities in the
exile Tibetan community from 1979 -- 1990. He
served as the president of the Bod Rangwang
Denpai Legul Tsokchung in Varanasi. He took
charge as the president of students' welfare
committee at the Institute of Higher Tibetan
Studies, Varanasi. Later, he was chosen as the
adviser of the international students'
association at Delhi University. He also served
as the first president of the Indo-Tibetan
Friendship Association in Dharamsala. He chaired
the 10th Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies
from 2 Sept 1988 to 11 May 1990 after getting
elected as the representative of Nyingma school
of Tibetan Buddhism in the assembly. Earlier from
2 Sept 19887 to 1 Sept 1988, he was elected as
the vice chairman of the 9th ATPD.

He came to Los Angeles in 1992 at the request of
His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, and took
charge of the Thondup Ling Buddhist Center in Los Feliz, Los Angeles.
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