On the 27th of December, 2011, sanghas around the world, including the Mindrolling sangha, mourned the passing into parinirvana of Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. In these weeks following the passing of this great master, many prayers and offerings have been made to Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, with deep devotion all around the world.
On January 30th, the kudung of Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was flown from New York to New Delhi en route to Bhutan. When the kudung of Kyabje Rinpoche arrived in New Delhi, Sangyum Kushog, Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Tulkus and monks of Mindrolling, nuns of Samten Tse, the ambassador of Bhutan to India and several dignitaries, joined His Eminence Garab Rinpoche, Kyabje Thrinley Norbu Rinpoche's son, in receiving the kudung at the airport. The kudung of Kyabje Rinpoche was then transported to the Bhutanese Embassy, where a large gathering assembled to pay respects and receive the blessings of this great master.
At the Bhutanese embassy, the kudung of Kyabje Rinpoche was carried by close disciples to the prepared shrine where it was enthroned, allowing those who had assembled to offer khatags and prayers to Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. All those gathered were touched by the poignancy of this occasion. Such a moving reminder of the impermanence of life is but the final teaching of this great master whose immeasurable kindness has benefitted so many lives.
The following morning, the kudung of Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was again taken in procession to the airport in New Delhi to be flown to Bhutan, where the final rituals and cremation will take place on March 3rd 2012.