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Monday, May 26, 2014

Thinley Norbu, Tibetan Buddhist writer and teacher, died he was 81.

Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (Wylie: gdung sras ’phrin las nor bu), was a major modern teacher in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and patron of the Vajrayana Foundation died he was 81..[2]


He was the eldest son of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, the former head of the Nyingma lineages, and also the father of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. His association with the Dudjom Lineage is a long one: he is held to be the incarnation of Tulku Drime Oser, who was one of seven sons of Dudjom Lingpa (sGas-gter bDud-‘joms Gling-pa Khrag-‘thung Nus-ldan rDorje 1835-1904). He also was considered to be an emanation of Longchen Rabjam, the great 14th century Nyingma scholar and siddha who composed the Seven Treasuries.


Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1931. His father was the renowned Nyingma Buddhist master Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, and his mother was Kusho Tseten Yudron. In his youth in Tibet he studied for 9 years at Mindrolling Monastery, one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma school in Tibet, and received many teachings from many great saints throughout the region, besides his own father. In the mid '50s Rinpoche left Tibet at the Onset of the Chinese cultural revolution. 50-90? In the late eighties and early nineties, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was seeking out a quiet place for practice in the countryside of the east coast of the United States after spending a number of years in New York City. After a long search, in 1991, under some auspicious circumstances, Rinpoche chose some land in the rolling hills of upstate New York and named it Kunzang Gatshal, Always Noble Joyful Park. For the next twenty years, Kunzang Gatshal served as Rinpoche's primary residence and focal point of Dharma activity. Rinpoche gave immeasurable teachings to disciples on this land, which was also visited by other great Rinpoches including Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Kyabje Dodrup Rinpoche, and many more. In the mid-nineties, Rinpoche built a temple on the land, personally directing all aspects of the construction and design until every statue and offering had been set. At around the same time, Rinpoche started a school for young children to learn pure Dharma tradition and practice, - White Lotus School -which Rinpoche looked after with particular care. Since Rinpoche's Parinirvana (passing) in late 2011, Kunzang Gatshal has been guided by Rinpoche's son, Dungse Garab Rinpoche, and looked after by Rinpoche's other family members and senior disciples, all of whom are trying to fulfill Rinpoche's wishes.


During his exile in the West he wrote a number of books including:
  • O-rgyan-ʼjigs-med-chos-kyi-dbaṅ-po (Patrul Rinpoche) (1984 (1989)). Thog mthaʼ bar gsum du dge baʼi gtam lta sgom spyod gsun ñams len dam paʼi sñiṅ not źes bya ba bźugs so [The practice of the essence of the sublime heart jewel, view, meditation and action, the propitious speech from the beginning, middle and end] (in English and Tibetan). Trans. Thinley Norbu. New York, NY: Jewel Pub. House. ISBN 0-9607000-6-4.
  • Thinley Norbu (1985). The small golden key to the treasure of the various essential necessities of general and extraordinary Buddhist Dharma. Trans. Lisa Anderson (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Jewel Publishing House. p. 126. ISBN 0-9607000-2-1.
  • — (1982). Magic Dance: The Display of the Self-nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis. p. 164. ISBN 0-9607000-0-5.
  • — (1992). White Sail: Crossing the Waves of Ocean Mind to the Serene Continent of the Triple Gems. Boston: Shambhala. p. 226. ISBN 0-87773-693-6.
  • — (1997). Welcoming Flowers from Across the Cleansed Threshold of Hope: an answer to the Pope's criticism of Buddhism. New York, NY: Jewel Pub. House. p. 128. ISBN 0-9607000-5-6. (a response to John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła) (1994). In Vittorio Messori. Varcare la soglia della speranza [Crossing the Threshold of Hope]. Trans. Jenny McPhee and Martha McPhee. New York, NY: Knopf. pp. 79–90. ISBN 0-679-44058-5.)
  • —; Bdud-ʼjoms-gliṅ-pa, Gter-ston (Terton Dudjom Lingpa) (2006 (2008)). A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar. Boston, MA: Shambhala. p. 335. ISBN 978-1-59030-526-3.

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