Jul 24, 2012
Tibetan Buddhist master Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche died this morning at age 57 in Melbourne, Australia, site of the Kagyu E-vam Buddhist Institute which he founded. Family and students were by his side as he passed, apparently of a heart attack. Though such an event was unexpected, Rinpoche's travel and activity had been restricted in recent years due to health concerns.
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche had a deep respect for the Druk Sakyong's teachings and had taught at Shambhala Centres. He authored several books and his work appeared in the Buddhadharma and Shambhala Sun magazines numerous times.
The following statement about Rinpoche's passing was issued Felicity Lodro and Kal Kingi of the E-Vam Institute:
"Dear Friends and Members of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche's centres,
"It is with deep regret that we inform the Karma Kagyu tradition, the Nyingma tradition and all other schools of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the wider Buddhist community that our treasured and beloved Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX passed into parinirvana at 12.10 am on 24 July 2012, being the Fourth Day of the Sixth Month of the Tibetan calendar in the Year of the Dragon. We are deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of such an extraordinary teacher at such a young age. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche remained lucid to the end and we were both honoured to be present with Rinpoche at the time of his gentle and dignified passing.
"Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche was devoted to maintaining the essence and purity of Buddhism. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche was not only a remarkable and outstanding scholar of the teachings of Buddhism but his ability to communicate the teachings ensured that the essence of the teachings penetrated the hearts and minds of thousands of students of the Dharma throughout the world. We deeply and earnestly pray for the quick rebirth of Traleg Rinpoche. We feel blessed beyond belief to be a part of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche's activities throughout the West.
"In accordance with the Tibetan tradition evening pujas at E-Vam Buddhist Institute, Carlton North, will commence on Wednesday 25 July from 8pm and all subsequent evenings for 49 days. A tribute ceremony will be held at Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche's Maitripa Centre, Healesville, (Victoria, Australia) at a date to be confirmed.
"With Profound Sadness,
Yours Sincerely in the Dharma,
Felicity Lodro and Kal Kingi"
For further information visit Buddhadharma: http://shambhalasun.com/news/?p=35805 and the E-vam Institute: http://www.evam.org/about_director.shtml Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche spoke about the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vjfWT4QdRE
He will be deeply missed.
(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)