As many of you are aware, my extraordinary root lama whom we call our Wish-fulfilling Gem, otherwise known as HH Jigmed Phuntsog Rinpoche, died a few years ago. This year, another of my main teachers has passed. His name is HH Padma Norbu (Penor) Rinpoche. Many of you are already aware of this. In this regard, everyone is performing what they call a Dung-Chod, an offering ceremony for when a realized master dies which takes place for 49 days. Understanding the importance of this, I am trying to work it out to go myself. It would mean a lot to me if I could be there with them for 10 or so days to participate. Whether I am able to go or not, I will make as much offering as I can because this is a powerful opportunity to connect to that enlightened intention, to fulfill his aspirations, and to accumulate my own merit and purify obscurations.
When we make offerings and support during the Dung-Chod/offering ceremonies for a buddha or bodhisattva, it brings us many blessings, increases the depth of our practice, and removes obstacles in very powerful ways. Even to offer a token such as a flower is of benefit because the profundity of the occasion.
For this reason, I would like to encourage you to make connection during this time and send offerings for the ceremonies taking place in Namdroling monastery in India in Penor Rinpoche’s main monastery there. Even the smallest offering will be one I rejoice in. I am facilitating an account to send offerings to the monastery in India through Katog Choling. If you would like to contribute $20, or $50 or $100, or even more, whatever you are able and would like, please do so. This would make me very happy. To do the Dung-Chod offering ceremony there are over three thousand lamas and monks gathered together for 49 days in Namdroling Monastery and there is need to feed, care and make offerings to all of them, as well as to light butter lamps, maintain all the substances used during the ceremony and many other offerings. This way even without going ourselves we can take part in this ceremony.
This is the link to make a donation: http://katogcholing.com/padmanorbu.html ***
Also, I would like to request that you do as much as possible of the seven prayer and the seven branch supplication (what we recite before teachings) concluding with dedication and aspiration prayers during these 49 days. This will be very good for your practice.
We will be sending the offerings the morning of April 20th,
so you must send your offerings by April 19th evening.
*** Send Paloma an email: firstname.lastname@example.org Either way you make the offering, send her an email letting know that you sent money, how much, and if it was through Paypal or via Check.
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche
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