The Seventh Week of His Holiness' Passing
We are in the seventh week of His Holiness Gyalwa Menri Trizin 33rd’s passing at Menri Monastery, Dolanji, India at his residence. His Holiness remained sitting upright in contemplation poses for five days after he passed, such as only highly achieved lamas are able to do --- remaining in meditation position without breath.
The Seventh week is when His Holiness is blessing and traveling to the Six Bardo (Intermediate state) realms. For regular people the 49th day is the most important time after death for choosing another life or to remain in one of the bardos for a longer time.
For His Holiness Rinpoche, the 49th day is the special day that he will give blessings to and connect with all those who have been meditating on him. On this occasion, on the 4th of November at 5:30 p.m. I would like to remind you to light candles/butter lamps and place fresh flowers in front of a photo of His Holiness. If you have anything you have received in the past - something blessed by His Holiness – blessing cords, amulets, mendup, mala, statues, etc. - please put them in front of his photo which represents his presence with you. If you can, place 7 bowls or cups of fresh water sprinkled with fresh flower petals, along with incense in a holder in front of the shrine as well, and sit on a comfortable cushion for ten minutes without chanting, bringing back memories of His Holiness in your life. Feel free to cry, which will purify your negative karma and increase your life energy. Then chant the prayer for His Holiness until 6:30 p.m. Follow that with the dedication prayers and believe that you have been blessed and that you have helped the dreams of His Holiness to come true and that his works will be remembered and his blessings will last forever.
I am still in Menri monastery for the 49 days prayer ceremonies. On the 4th of November we are having the ritual of great lamas which takes 2 hours, and is done continuously 5 times on that day. Besides that, there are the special rituals in the main temple to purify and bless the bones and relics of His Holiness retrieved after the cremation, to be later used to fill the Stupas and his memorial statues. The ancient Tibetan tradition is that people wish to get a small piece of bone to make a special protection amulet which they will wear to keep a special connection with His Holiness for protection, or put it on their shrine in a transparent container in hope that their prayers will produce small relics like crystal or diamond on the bone. This brings blessings and protection of the environment of the community where they live and brings all things into balance for that place and the world.
On the night of the 4th, prayers will be said all night until 4 in the morning. On the 5th there will be prayers all day and everyone will come to the temple and this will continue until midnight.
Current activities at monastery have been 49 days continuous prayer:
In the main temple from morning at 4 a.m. to evening 6 p.m. with small breaks the zhi troe prayer is being recited by 100 monks to the entire constellation of 45 peaceful deities and the 86 wrathful deities and gods and goddesses.
At the Nunnery temple 85 nuns are praying the Tibetan version of the Tsewang bhoyul Ma rituals which is to one of the great masters of the 7th century, lama Tsewang Rigzin - from 4am-6 pm with breaks from time to time.
At the residence of His Holiness (Labrang), geshes and high lamas are praying all day from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Rigzin Dhupa prayers which invokes all yogis and yoginis.
We miss His Holiness very much and feel like orphans, but we are sure, on the other hand, that he is with us in spirit and continues to bless us always even though he is no longer physically with us.
Many blessings from Menri you all and know that His Holiness is with us always.
Prayers for the 49th Day of His Holiness' Passing
November 4, 2017 from 2-5pm at the Bon Shen Ling Temple
We cordially invite you to the Bon Shen Ling Temple on November 4th from 2-5pm for prayer on the final day of 49 days following His Holiness Gyalwa Menri Trizin 33rd’s passing.
There will be prayer and a meal, and all are welcome to share your blessing with each other in memory of His Holiness. RSVP using the form below is required for attendance.
Chongtul Rinpoche is sorry he cannot be there that day, as he will still be at Menri in India for the conclusion of the 49 days prayer for His Holiness. Khenpo Tenzin Dhargye will be present to lead the prayers.
In Tibetan tradition, the third day after passing is the inter-state of the Nature of mind, the time of Bon Nyi Woe Sal Gyi Bar Dho.
Then His Holiness will travel in blessing to help the different realms.
The first week by immeasurable Love wisdom is travel to the Hell realm which means enlightening frustration.
The second week by immeasurable primordial wisdom is travel to help the Hungry Ghost realm which means enlightening greed.
The third week by immeasurable awareness wisdom is travel to the Animal realm which means enlightening ignorance.
The fourth week by immeasurable compassion wisdom is travel to the Human realm which means enlightening impoverishment.
The fifth week by immeasurable peaceful wisdom is travel to the Demi-God realm which means enlightening overflow.
The sixth week by immeasurable all-knowing wisdom is travel to the God realm which means enlightening argument.
The seventh week by the immeasurable five wisdoms is travel to the six intermediate realms which means enlightening hanging in the empty illusion of realizing.
On the 49th day, His Holiness will finalize his temporary helping of these six samsara realms and continue on to live in Nirvana with Buddha and bodhisattva.
The 49th day is November 4th, and we shall all sit together and pray for continuation of blessings and to remind us of our samsara world.
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