Dear Sunray Community and Friends,
It is with heavy heart that Ven. Khandro Dhyani Ywahoo is sharing the news that on April 15, 2018, at 12:02AM, His Holiness Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche passed at Orgyen Cho Dzong in upstate New York and is now in the samadhi state of thukdam. She conveys Sunray Meditation Society’s deepest condolences to H.H. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche’s family and sangha.
H.H. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche was born in Kongbu, Tibet on February 17, 1950, the Iron Tiger Year, to the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, H. H. Dudjom Jigdral Rinpoche. H. H. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche was named as the Dharma heir and successor holder of the Dudjom Tersar lineage in the Nyingma School.
H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche recognized Sunray as a Nyingma Dharma Center in 1983, and the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro practice is a foundational Buddhist practice of Sunray. In June 2017, Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo and H. H. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche had the precious opportunity to spend time together at Orgyen Cho Dzong.
May we all join in prayers that H. H. Shenphen Dawa’s beautiful wishes are quickly and perfectly fulfilled, and that his reincarnation will emanate swiftly for the benefit of all beings.
The 100 Syllable Vajrasattva Mantra and the Guru Padmasambhava Mantra, along with lighting of butter lamps and candles, can be offered over the next 49 days in honoring H. H. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche and in community with the Orgyen Cho Dzong sangha and the Nyingma School.