Impermanence: Kyabje Lati Rinpoche’s Passing


According to the Buddhist Channel, His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche of Gaden monastery has passed away.

Many of us only know Kyabje Lati Rinpoche through his early, ground-breaking writings for Western audiences on difficult topics such as the mind and the death process, texts that remain classics even today.

Here’s a moving tribute to his teacher, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, by Ven Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

Here’s a link with many photos of the cremation ceremony at Gaden Shartse. It includes a poem composed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Rinpoche’s swift return.  This link was provided in an FPMT email.

May all of Rinpoche’s students diligently carry out his instructions and holy wishes, may his reincarnation be quickly found.

Please share your thoughts about Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. How have his teachings changed your life?

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2 thoughts on “Impermanence: Kyabje Lati Rinpoche’s Passing

  1. Wow, I am so sad to hear that Kyabje Lati Rinpoche passed away. Rinpoche was unbelievably kind and gentle, and he was like a giant mountain of Dharma. Lati Rinpoche was so close to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and he was such a great master and scholar/yogi. He was one of a few living masters who really was an experiential holder of the entire lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa. There are so very, very few great masters educated in Tibet like Lati Rinpoche. A light of the Dharma has just gone out. To me it’s a reminder that we all who are interested in the BuddhaDharma have to strive hard to study and practice well. As Lama Zopa Rinpoche has pointed out, the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa has now become so thin–with so few fully qualified upholders of the lineage. So, to me it’s a reminder of the importance of supporting the sangha who are studying and practicing and also of the importance of practicing welll ourselves!

  2. Most people who have met and know Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in this life, will would perhaps agree that Rinpoche as a compassionate, wise and very humble spiritual teacher.

    To meet such a teacher like Rinpoche, one has to have lots of good karmic affliation and blessing.

    Rinpoche is very serious and selfless in his sharing of the Dharma when he is teaching. When he is not teaching, he always _/\_ respects others and greet people with a smile whenever he sees them.

    Lama, in the regretfully few short years as your student, to have the blessing to have met you and received numerous and invaluable Dharma teachings from you, I will will never forget your kindness.

    And may your return be swift, to continue to benefit the boundless mother sentient beings with your compassion and wisdom.

    Lama Chenno. Please remember me always as I would always remember your teachings and kindness.

    Namo Guru Bhey
    Namo Buddhaya
    Namo Dharmaya
    Namo Sangaya

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