Prayers for Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Swift Return with Geshe Sonam

Prayers for Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Swift Return with Geshe Sonam

Zoom Meeting Online

time 7:00 PM


(34502_ud-3.psd) Portraits of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 2010. Photo by Roger Kunsang.

We received very sad news today about Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche entering the clear light this morning, April 13.

Geshe Sonam will be leading Tara Prayers this evening, April 13 at Lama Yeshe Ling.

People are welcome to attend both in person, and online on Zoom and Facebook at 7 pm EDT

In person at: 1287 Coric Ave, Burlington, ON L7R 3S4

Our regularly scheduled programs for Saturday and Sunday will be changed in order to allow us to say prayers and gather to honour Rinpoche. We are planning for pujas and teachings on Saturday at 10 am EDT. Sunday program will be announced shortly

Text of letter sent out by the FPMT:

Dear Friends,
Our precious guru is sitting in meditation at Kopan Monastery.

Rinpoche had been up in the mountains in the Tsum Valley since Monday, and had to be brought down urgently as Rinpoche was experiencing altitude sickness.

On arrival back in Kathmandu this morning, Rinpoche stopped breathing.  The main doctor at Karuna Hospital tried for some time to revive Rinpoche, but that was not  successful.  Rinpoche entered meditation at about 9.30am Nepal time, today Thursday April 13th.

His Holiness has been informed, and is giving advice.

The lama gyupas and monks are taking turns in sessions offering Cittamani Tara with Rinpoche, as advised by His Holiness. Other pujas and prayers are being offered here in Kopan.

Khadro-la has advised that this is a most important and precious time for students.  Khadro-la went on to advise that the best thing for the students to do at this time is to practice bodhicitta in particular, as well as impermanence in the context of the lamrim, and then also as much as one can to help fulfil the guru’s holy wishes.

Khadro-la insisted that we should take this opportunity to try to achieve all or some of the lamrim in our own practice.  Meditating and praying to the guru to receive his blessings and guidance is very important. And to try as much as possible to complete Rinpoche’s projects and holy wishes, so already to generate that wish that we’ll be able to do that.

Please pray and dedicate for Rinpoche to be reborn as quickly as possible in a place where he can be very quickly recognized and be of most benefit to sentient beings.

Please keep trying to fulfil Rinpoche’s holy wishes, especially to practice impermanence and bodhicitta in the context of the lamrim.  Fulfilling the gurus’ holy wishes is a very important part of inviting the guru to return.

As you know, Rinpoche was the embodiment of bodhicitta, and always stressed the importance of remembering impermanence, and the essential need to put the teachings into practice.  This is what we can do for our precious guru now – please try to follow Rinpoche’s heart advice. We can all connect with the guru and receive the guru’s blessings in this way – NOW is a very important time for this.

We will be sending out further updates regularly.

Our hearts are breaking, we take all our support from Rinpoche’s teachings, and the guidance of His Holiness and our teachers, and in our FPMT family.

Big love.

On behalf of Ven Roger Kunsang

FPMT International Office