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A way of paying tribute to Penor Rinpoche

May 5, 2009

4 May 2009, 2212 hrs IST, M B Maramkal, TNN (Times of India)


BYLAKUPPE (MYSORE DIST): Hundreds of Buddhist monks, scholars and
devotees from Tibetan camps in India and other parts of the world are
making a beeline to this Tibetan settlement camp to pay their reverences
to the departed monk whose body is being preserved here at Nyingma
Monastery's golden temple since the last 31 days.

Penor Rinpoche, one of the top men in the hierarchy of Tibetan Buddhism
next to Dalai Lama died on April 3. He was heading Nyingma Monastery,
one of the four traditions and schools of thought of Tibetan Buddhism.
Nyingma thought of school of Buddhism involves itself with ancient
translations of Tibetan Buddhism and their studies. Born in Tibet in
1932, Penor Rinpoche was one of the high order Lamas to accompany Dalai
Lama to India after the Chinese intrusion of Tibet in 1959. The monk
also ran a charity foundation.

Though preserving of monks bodies is not a new phenomenon in Tibet, this
is the first time the body of a monk is being preserved in a monastery
in Karnataka and second such incident in India. Ling Rinpoche, one of
the religious teachers of Dalai Lama is being preserved at Dharmashala
in Himachal Pradesh for the last 20 years. One more monk's body is being
preserved in Nepal.

As per the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, bodies of monks of high order are
preserved. According to Tibetans this is done for two reasons. Firstly
to help the followers and devotees of the respective schools of thoughts
of Tibetan Buddhism to pay their homage and perform various obsequies
associated with Tibetan Buddhist traditions and secondly as a veneration
to the departed monks.

The body of Rinpoche pasted with mud has been kept at golden temple and
after various rituals and poojas it will be shifted to the first floor
and will lie in a state of rest for a year. On completion of one year,
religious heads connected with Nyingma monastery will decide whether to
cremate the body or preserve it further.

"We have used both modern techniques and Buddhist traditions and customs
to preserve the body of Penor Rinpoche to prevent it's decomposition",
Sonan Tsewang a Buddhist scholar from Nyingma Monastery revealed to the
Times of India, adding that three monks incarnated by Penor Rinpoche and
other three scholars of Nyingma thought of school based on various
parameters of Buddhism will decide whether to cremate and recover the
relics or to preserve it indefinitely. It is said that disciples of
Penor Rinpoche are spread all over the world and many are yet to visit
Bylakuppe.
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