Today we have sad news to share. On Monday, December 30, 2019 His Eminence Kyabje Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche passed into parinirvana. Since his passing, Rinpoche remained in thukdam meditative state for twelve days at his residence at the Chime Gatsal Ling Monastery in Dharamsala, India. Rinpoche finally emerged from thukdam on January 10th on the auspicious 15th day of the 11th Lunar month. The Sakya Monastery and the Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang family would like to invite everyone to join us in prayers for His Eminence’s spiritual journey into enlightenment and swift rebirth for the benefit of all sentient beings.
His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche had a very special dharma connection with His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Dorjechang Rinpoche and was the maternal grandfather of His Eminence Khondung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche and the father of Dagmo Chimey. He was a highly realized Nyingmapa Dzogchen master who devoted his entire life to activities that reflected the Buddha’s teachings and benefitted the Tibetan community as well as all sentient beings.
On Monday, January 20th, which coincides with the third week of Khamtrul Rinpoche’s passing, Sakya Monastery will hold an all-day memorial service. From 10am-12pm will be Chenrezi practice, and from 2pm-4pm the Seven Line Guru Lamchod feast offering and puja. It is appropriate to bring a food offering for the tsok to be distributed. Lunch will be provided by Sakya Monastery and the Phuntsok Phodrang.