Today (July 21) according to the instructions of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, the Venerable Lodro Nyima Rinpoche and the Venerable Kyabje Zuri Rinpoche led the Sangha of Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery to conduct the sixth day of the Hevajra practice for the seventh week of the Venerable Kyabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Puja. In the afternoon, the Venerable Tulku Damcho led a group of monastics to conduct the Vajrasattva of the Secret Essence (Sangtik Dorsem) practice before Rinpoche’s Kudung.
Today is also Chokhor Düchen, the fourth day of the sixth Tibetan lunar month, which marks the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel. The Venerable Choje Lama, the Venerable Dungse Lama Pema, and Khenpo Tashi of the Parinirvana Puja Committee went to Kathmandu to invite the Venerable 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche to attend the 49th day of the Parinirvana Puja to be held tomorrow.
Before heading to the monastery, they paid respects to the Namo Buddha stupa where they recited aspiration prayers and offered butter lamps. The Venerable Kyabje Zuri Rinpoche, the Venerable Kyabje Lodro Nyima Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s brother General Secretary Yonten Gyatso, and the Venerable Tulku Damcho led monastics and laypeople to warmly welcome the Sakya Trizin Rinpoche to Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. Sakya Trizin Rinpoche first headed to the newly built residence, and then paid respects to Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s Kudung. He presided over the guru yoga practice before the Kudung, along with Sakya Khenpo Ngawang Jorden and monastics.
In addition, the Mayor of Namo Buddha municipality Mr. Kunsang Lama and all members of his office; Mr. Prem Tamang, the Chairman of Namo Buddha Nagarpalika Ward No.1; Mr. Krishna Bahadur Tamang, the Chairman of Namo Buddha Nagarpalika Ward No.11 came to pay respects. Betty Lam, the secretary of Toronto Thrangu center, distributed blankets to 1500 local households as part of the activities of the Parinirvana Puja.
Sonam Lama, the Minister of Sikkim’s Co-operation & Ecclesiastical Department came from India and was warmly recieved by Khenpo Gendun, the principal of Vajra Vidya Institute. He paid respects to the Kudung, attended the Puja, and visited the local pilgrimage sites.
Lama Nyedon, the head of Nepal Kagyu Sangh, came to pay respects to the Kudung and made offerings to the Sangha. In addition, 20 disciples of the Venerable Zuri Rinpoche and many other devotees came to pay respects to the Kudung of Kyabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche at Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, Namo Buddha.