Nectar of His Holiness Gyalwa Menri Trizin 33rd
Over the past four months, I have been assisting during the hospitalization of His Holiness Gyalwa Menri Trizin 33rd, his subsequent passing, and the 49-day purification ceremony that ensued in his memory and honor at Menri Monastery in India.
I am so blessed by all your continuous support during the very special opportunity I had to watch over his health and care for him so closely during his final two and a half years.
I always hold him in deep gratitude for having raised and educated me from the time I was seven years old. However, it was the period from August 2014 to September 14, 2017, the time I had taking care of him as my own father, which had the most dramatic impact on me. Especially during this time, I really wish to show my deepest appreciation for all of my closest supporters’ help. I could never have done that much without you supporting me. During those two and a half years, he taught me what it is to be a spiritual teacher, and how to handle the impermanence of the life cycle (oh My His Holiness).
I would like to share with you the story of my experience of his final days.
On August 10, 2017, His Holiness and I returned from New York to India. We reached Menri on August 14th, and I flew back to the US on August 17th.
The night I arrived home, I got a call from Menri saying His Holiness wanted me to come to India and that his health was not so good.
On August 21st, I flew back to India and reached Menri on the 23rd in the morning. I was unable to bear seeing him lying in the bed in his condition, so after two hours I journeyed to Chandigarh to find the best doctor and hospital to care for him, and returned to Menri that night.
The morning of August 24th, we arranged for an ambulance to bring His Holiness to the hospital in Chandigarh three hours away. The good news is he was admitted to a very good hospital with a knowledgeable and experienced doctor, and received excellent care in the ICU through September 1st.
During my time of sorrow, His Holiness’ and my best friend, Ms. Charlene Engelhard, visited His Holiness and me for support and to be close by us holding energy. Shortly thereafter arrived Mr. Richard and Mary Lanier, Joseph Optiker, Bon Shen Ling administrator Sophie Buchanan, personal physician Dr. Jonathan Kramer, Heidi Harding from Olmo Ling, and Tempa Lama from Olmo Ling. You all came to hold my energy and support me so much. I deeply appreciate all of you.
His Eminence Ponlop Rinpoche and other senior Rinpoche and members of the monastery decided, based on his condition and the doctor’s advice, that His Holiness could leave the hospital and go back to the monastery where he would feel happier and have more peace. Thus September 2nd His Holiness returned home to the monastery and rested very well at Menri.
On September 9th, His Holiness wanted to greet all the children, and he asked that candy be bought for all of them. The next day about 600 kids received sweets from His Holiness and he gave them a blessing.
On September 10th, His Holiness wanted to meet with all the village people and give a blessing to everyone. Most of the elders were crying and fully emotional and though it was not easy, he gave each person blessing and touched his hand to their head and shared some nice words.
On September 11th, he planned to give a blessing to the monks and nuns, but instead he rested, doing hand mudras, chanting and meditating.
On September 14th, he gave blessings to the monks and nuns.
Surrounded by Rinpoche and monks at his residence he left this world to Nirvana. This was the moment of realization of impermanence and non-attachment. He remained in the contemplation (Samadi) pose for four days after his breath ceased.
On October 4th, he was cremated, and after several days, the monks collected many relics and bones from his ashes.
Helping His Holiness was a joy beyond words, and even after his passing, we become, in one way, orphans, but in another sense, touched by his feeling and presence of Samadi.
Sometimes we are in heaven, an experience that happens beyond explanation.
In Tibetan heritage, this is what it means to be connected and have the blessing of His Holiness.
We keep a collection of His Holiness’ bones, ashes, pieces of cloth, strands of hair, mala beads, or any other belongings from him, in our home for blessing and protection for our family.
Also, people place these collected items inside a small Stupa or statue in memory of His Holiness and their spiritual connection with him.
As you are connected and a practitioner of Bon, I would like to give you a very small amount of the Ashes of His Holiness on my teaching day, and this is only for those who have practiced the Bon preliminaries and higher.
If you try to receive these Ashes without having had any Bon teachings, it may not be easy to balance your karma. However, if you wish to begin practice of the Bon teachings, then you may have them at a special ceremony to be held February 10, 2018 at the Bon Shen Ling Temple. Registration for this special event is open through the link below.
34th Gyalwa Menri Trizin
The first day of 2018, January 1st, is a very auspicious day.
At Menri Monastery, all the monks and nuns gathered to perform very special rituals. Together, they invoked all the special deities of Bon Ma Dhu Tsen Sum for a revelation prophesy of the 34th Gyalwa Menri Trizin.
His Eminence Ponlop Trinley Nyima Rinpoche led the ceremony. Two final pills remained in a crystal bowl. Through slow shaking, the first and second pills popped out of the bowl. The first pill was the abbot of Menri.
His Holiness 33rd Lungtok Tenpei Nyima and His Eminence Ponlop Trinley Nyima both have the last names Nyima, meaning Sun. Now they both pass along this name to Dawa Dhargye whose first name, Dawa, means Moon.
Now the sign of Moon softness light will serve the Bon.
Geshe Dawa Dhargye’s name was the first to appear. He is one of the most senior Geshe monks at Menri and is now His Holiness of Bon Gyalwa Menri Trizin 34th.
All Bonpos worldwide are happy to celebrate our new Abbot. We welcome you to Menri Monastery from February 16-21, 2018 for the induction of Geshe Dawa Dargyal as the 34th His Holiness of Bon Gyalwa Menri Trizin.
Many Tashi Delek.
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Tog Den Won Po Chongtul Rinpoche is the second son of six children, was raised in India by his Tibetan parents, father Amdo Sherpa, Lakha Wangchuk and mother Kham Nang Chen, Norzin. Chongtul was given his childhood name of Namgyal Wangdhu by the Abbot of Yungdrung Ling. At the age of two, the Abbot of Yungdrung Ling explained to the Abbot of Menri Monastery, His Holiness Menri Trizin 33rd, that this boy was a reincarnated lama who was closely associated with both abbots during a previous lifetime, and would be very important in the preservation of Bon transmissions.
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