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Head of Oldest School of Tibetan Buddhism passes away-updated

March 29, 2009

March 27, 2009

Dharamsala, March 27 -- The head of the oldest
school of Tibetan Buddhism, His Eminence Penor
Rinpoche, breathed his last today around 8.20 PM
(Indian Standard time) at his residence at
Namdrol ling monastery in Bylakuppee, his aides
told phayul, and not at hospital as reported earlier.

Rinpoche was admitted to Columbia Asia Hospital,
Bangalore on March 24 following a chronic
illness. On March 27, 2009, many high lamas of
the Nyingma tradition as well as various other
dignitaries received blessings from him at the
intensive care unit of the hospital, a press
statement issued by his monastery said.

The khenpos, tulkus and faculty members sought
audience with Rinpoche and prayed before him.
After the prayer, without any sign of pain he
smiled and passed away into parinirvana state for
the benefit of sentient beings. Presently, he is
in thugdam (meditative state), and the
parinirvana prayers are being performed by his
followers worldwide, his aides said.

Voice of Tibet radio reported that a long life
offering (tenshug) was held at Namdrol ling
monastery in the wee hours of March 27 in the
presence of Ven. Tsering Phuntsok, the minister
for religion of the exile Tibetan government;
members of parliament from Nyingma school,
representatives of the department of home in south India, among others.

Rinpoche left the hospital at 3.30 PM for his
monastic seat Namdroling in Bylakuppee after his
condition deteriorated, according to his aides.

Penor Rinpoche held the position of the head of
Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Kyabjé Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche was born in
1932 in Powo region of Kham, Eastern Tibet. He
was the 11th in the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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