Greg wrote: T. Chokyi wrote:
Plans have been made now and announced by email for the cremation of the Kudung of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
Palyul International has already notified many of the practitioners and Sanghas of the date and the month (May 2013), however the official announcement will be made sometime very soon through Palyul Ling, check at this site or write them:http://news.palyul.org
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Just wondering, why is this happening now? It's been like four years since he passed, right?
Yes, thats right, March 27, 2009...IMHO because he was what is known as a living saint, or living Buddha, because of the tremendous effort and devotion toward his lineage and toward beings in general (his activities), he was considered like a father and a very great father at that, so because of this connection to thousands of beings and because he was "the heart" of this very large and important monastic institution, literally digging the foundation himself in the dirt many years ago to make the foundation of Namdroling...they wished to preserve his holy body for the benefit of beings for as long as they (heart sons and head Khenpos) considered it expedient. This is my opinion, because his body was the house of a living Buddha, and also the presence of that body would have the ability to bless those that are near, that is also my opinion, perhaps that is a matter of faith, and also a comfort or blessing for Palyul practitioners, this idea or heart felt feeling that he is with us. Some students were given bits of his robe for instance, this was considered a very great blessing, as it was worn by him and touched his holy body.
I can't put official information here because there isn't really any "teaching" related to this exact question given by the heart sons or Khenpos at this time that I know of, although someone else may have official statements, however Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche gave a teaching I was at in person right after His Holiness passed and that went into some detail about how Holiness body was preserved in salt, and kept cool etc... and basically how Khenchen personally took the many "signs"and many actitivities surrounding Holiness passing. There was a whole host of phenomena present from numerous rainbows, to circular rainbows coming down around Namdroling, to lotus flowers forming up in the Butter lamps to one of the Guru Rinpoche statues visage (outer appearance/face) changing. Khenchen addressed some of these signs, but this teaching was just pretty much for those there (present) and not for public consumption as far as I know... although if one wishes to see these things one can still do a search on the net and see pictures practitioners took. Many interpreted these signs to be Holiness communicating to practitioners as a display of his Holy mind. I was told by one of my close teachers to blend my mind with the mind of Holiness at the time of his passing, that was the practice for that time, which is the best advice imho for practitioners to do when one of your Gurus passes.
If you want more information, like an official statement or reason you can also, of course, write the email to the website or to one of the Khenchens.http://www.palyul.org/eng_bio_hh11_rebirth.htm
"In just a single lifetime, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche accomplished an amazing amount on the outer level with the activities we can read about here on this website. Let it be said that there are accomplishments that are not listed here on the inner and secret levels as well."http://www.palyul.org/eng_bio_hh10_parinirvana.htm
"When he came to the temple on Losar morning, 25 February, for the first time, the severity of his condition became evident to all and tears flowed freely, even among the highest practitioners."
See: Biography of Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche on the right hand side of the page:http://www.palyul.org/eng_bio_hh01_recog.htm