DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile expressed profound grief on the demise of His Eminence Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche passed away yesterday in Bodh Gaya at the age of 89. The Parliament lamented having lost a great spiritual master of Tibetan Buddhism and the holder of all the great Kama and Terma traditions of the Nyingmapa.
In 1926, His Eminence Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche Shedrup Trinlé Nyinjé Pal Sangpo was born to Namgyal Dorje and Dorje Dolma of Phunkhang household in Central Tibet. He was recognised as an incarnation of the ninth Dorje Drak Rinpoche Thubten Choewang.
In 1931, Rinpoche was invited to Taklung Tse monastery and ordained as a novice monk. He was bestowed the title of Tulku Trinley Pal Sangpo by the former Dorje Drak Chusang Rinpoche.
Rinpoche was trained in Tibet until he fled to India in 1959. Under his supervision and blessing, the Dorje Drak monastery was re-established in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. During his training in Tibet and India, His Eminence received many teachings and transmissions from renowned spiritual masters.
In 2012, he was appointed as the spiritual head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. His Eminence devoted his life in practice and promotion of Buddha’s teachings. He was renowned as a holder of all the great Kama and Terma traditions of the Nyingmapa, and a great exponent of the Rime, or non-sectarian tradition.
The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile shared deepest condolences with all the followers and devotees and offered prayers for his successful reincarnation. The Deputy Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel is currently in Bodh Gaya to take part in the prayer ceremonies for Rinpoche’s swift reincarnation.