DHARAMSHALA: Kalon Pema Chhinjor of the Department of Religion and Culture will attend the cremation of the Kudung (Holy body) His Eminence Penor Rinpoche, one of the foremost masters of Buddhist tradition of Tibet, at Namdroling monastery in south India on 23 May. Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, the 11th throne holder of the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, passed away at the age of 77 on 27 March 2009.
The ceremony will be conducted by many high lamas and is expected to be attended by many followers from around the world.
Palyul is one of six great “mother monasteries” following the Nyingma School, or Ancient Translation Tradition, of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded in 1665 in the Kham province of eastern Tibet (incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province) by Kunzang Sherab, the first Palyul throne holder.
Namdroling Monastery, the Palyul monastic complex located in southern India, has over 4,000 monks and nearly 1,000 nuns, and includes a shedra (Buddhist college), high school, primary school, and a three-year retreat facility.
It disseminates teachings far and wide, especially in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Macau, Europe and the US, the monastery said.
“Rinpoche spent his life practicing and realizing the teachings of the Buddha, ensuring that the teachings would not only not be lost, but that they would expand to the farthest corners of the world,” it said.