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A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« on: November 22, 2012, 06:30:37 PM »
From http://www.dorjeshugden.com/great-masters/tributes/a-tribute-to-his-holiness-the-3rd-kyabje-penor-rinpoche/


At the height of the ban on Dorje Shugden in the late 1990s, Tibetan communities throughout India lived constantly under the fear of witchhunts. Shugden practitioners were not permitted to speak to or associate with non-practitioners in any way. There arose an iron silence between Shugden devotees and the rest of the world both in spiritual and secular affairs.

This was a time when Shugden practitioners found themselves completely ostracized and estranged from their community and people. They were denied access to the most basic necessities. Worse yet was that it was their own fellow Tibetans who were discriminating against them the most. Tibetan grocery shops were not even permitted to sell goods to Shugden practitioners.

It was at this time that the great Nyingma Lama, H.H. the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, opened his own monastery in Bylakuppe, South India for Dorje Shugden monks living nearby – especially from Serpom Monastery – to obtain supplies. This move directly contravened orders issued by the Tibetan government for people NOT to associate with Shugden practitioners in any way.


It was a shocking statement from H.H. Penor Rinpoche but not one that anybody could counter. The Dalai Lama and Tibetan government knew that they would not be able to speak against this as their orders about Dorje Shugden could be issued only within the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. No other sect would tolerate criticism, bans or regulations on practices issued by the Dalai Lama, who is from the Gelug sect.

The kindness of opening up his Namdroling Nyingma Monastery to Shugden practitioners to purchase supplies was simply because H.H. Penor Rinpoche understood the difficulties they were facing and acknowledged their need for the most basic necessities. There was nothing political in this move; just the wish to help fellow Buddhists and monks.

H.H. Penor Rinpoche exemplified a totally non-sectarian and humanitarian vision which clearly manifested in his allowing Shugden monks to come to his monastery to purchase supplies and other necessities during their time of need. We at DorjeShugden.com fold our hands and humbly salute this great living Bodhisattva who, during degenerate times, was a pure embodiment of Guru Padmasambhava’s compassion, wisdom and activities.

H.H. Penor Rinpoche never issued any comments against Dorje Shugden or those who chose to continue their Shugden practice. Nor was he seen running to Dharamsala to attend teachings and pujas to the Dalai Lama, or getting involved with Tibetan politics. He was a Lama who practiced his own lineage perfectly without getting involved with politics. His example was one of a great sense of Dharma purpose – a truly evolved being and very inspiring.

In the light of the difficult Dorje Shugden ban, H.H. Penor Rinpoche showed an entire community of Buddhist practitioners the true practice of kindness and equanimity. He showed what it really means to relieve the suffering of others, not add to it. Above all, he proved what it means to live the Dharma, and not just preach by its words and politics.

For more information about this great master, check out these links:

H.H. Penor Rinpoche sympathetic to Dorje Shugden Monks
http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/the-controversy/hh-penor-rinpoche-sympathetic-to-dorje-shugden-monks/

Biography of the Third Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
http://www.palyul.org/eng_bio_hh01_recog.htm


All of us at dorjeshugden.com make this virtual offering of a butterlamp to the very holy master H.H. the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, requesting his incarnation to return swiftly and remain among us for thousands of years to continue turning the wheel of Dharma and benefiting countless beings.

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Biography
Extracted from Palyul Ling International: http://www.palyul.org/eng_bio_hh01_recog.htm


The Third Drubwang Pema Norbu (“Penor”) Rinpoche was born in the Powo region of Kham, East Tibet to Sonam Gyurme (father) and Dzom Kyi (mother) during the twelfth month of the lunar calendar the year of the Water Monkey (1932). His birth took place during the most bitter, cold, bleak and dry part of the winter season, a time when nothing grows and the land is blanketed with thick, deep, heavy snow. Yet at the time of his birth, sweetly-scented flowers burst into blossoms all around the home of the infant tulku. Moreover, two search parties for the new tulku, one sent by Dzogchen Rinpoche and one sent by Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo, met each other at the same time at this same house, thus confirming the recognition without doubt. Communications and travel in the high mountains of Eastern Tibet were not as speedy as today so this was considered to be a very auspicious sign.

Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo Rinpoche foresaw the exceptional destiny of the new incarnation. In 1936, the year of the Fire Mouse, the young Pema Norbu (“Penor”) Rinpoche was invited to the Palyul monastery where he took refuge with the great and learned Khenpo. Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo Rinpoche performed the traditional hair-cutting ceremony and gave him the name “Dhongag Shedrup Tenzin.” Khen Rinpoche then granted him the long life empowerment of Amitayus and composed the long-life prayer which was chanted daily by thousands of Penor Rinpoche's followers all over the world through until the time of his parinirvana.


Rinpoche was formally enthroned by his master Thubten Chökyi Dawa (1894-1959) [the second Chögtrul Rinpoche], and Karma Thekchok Nyingpo (1908-1958) [the fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche]. In time, Penor Rinpoche would become the Eleventh Throneholder of Palyul Monastery with its more than four hundred branch monasteries. He spent many years at Palyul, studying and receiving teachings from numerous masters and scholars. He received mind-to-mind transmission from Lungtrul Rinpoche Shedrup Tenpai Nyima. He also received training and instructions from the Fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the Tenth Throneholder, who carefully prepared him as his successor. In turn, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche trained the Fifth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche.

There are many instances demonstrating Penor Rinpoche's extraordinary powers even as a young child. On one occasion he was playing with an old and precious vajra when it suddenly slipped through his fingers and dropped to the ground, breaking in two. Fearing a reprimand from his teacher, he quickly glued it back together with his own saliva, making the vajra stronger than ever before. A similar incident occurred later on when, during the Chasum ceremony, he accidentally dropped his ritual bell onto the stone floor. Everyone assumed that the bell had shattered, but when Penor Rinpoche picked it up, it was unbroken and rang even more sweetly than before. At the age of 15, Penor Rinpoche left his footprint in stone near Dago retreat monastery above Palyul where it can still be seen today.

Once while he was still young, Rinpoche was approached by an old man who insisted that he practice Phowa for him. Innocently he complied with the request. At the end of the practice, he shocked to see that the old man had passed away - the Phowa had worked only too well! Immediately he started to practice again, to revive the corpse lying there in front of him. To his immense relief, the old man came back to life, but instead of thanking him, he shouted, “For heaven's sake, why did you bring me back? I was already in the Pure Land of the Buddha Amitabha!” For many years following, the old man's great grandson worked at Namdroling Monastery in India.


Penor Rinpoche studied with many lamas, benefiting most deeply from the warm and close relationship he enjoyed with his great master, the Second Chögtrul Rinpoche. At his lay ordination, Chögtrul Rinpoche gave him the name Thubten Lekshe Chökyi Drayang, “Upholder of Buddha's Teaching with the Eloquent Speech of Melodious Dharma.” At Dago retreat monastery, he received and engaged in the Namchö Dzogchen preliminary practice teachings of Sangye Lakchang, “Buddha in the Palm of the Hand.” He also learned general subjects, including writing, poetry, astrology and medicine, and went on to study the sutras with Khenpo Nuden, Khenpo Sonam Dondrup and Khenpo Gondrup.

At the age of twelve, in the water sheep year 1944, Penor Rinpoche began to receive the most important transmissions and empowerments of the Nyingma School. From Chögtrul Rinpoche he received the Great Empowerment of the Kagyé and the Rinchen Terdzö empowerments, transmissions and secret sealed protector empowerments. From Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, he received the Namchö, the terma revelations of Ratna Lingpa and the major empowerments of the cycles of Kagye and Lama Gongdu.


At the age of thirteen, he received novice (getsul) ordination and with it the name “Dongak Shedrup Tendzin Chokle Namgyal” (All-Victorious Holder of the Teachings of Study and Practice of the Sutras and Tantras). At twenty-one he took full (gelong) ordination with his master at Tarthang Monastery and received a vast number of teachings covering all the essential instructions and empowerments of the Nyingma tradition. This lineage of the vinaya is a very pure one, transmitted to Tibet by Shantarakshita during the time of Padmasambhava.

At the time of his ordination, Chögtrul Rinpoche offered Penor Rinpoche the yellow robe that had been treasured and handed down by generations of lineage holders. Despite the tremendous difficulties of escaping from Tibet, Penor Rinpoche was to carry this robe with him all the way to India while leaving behind many other precious possessions. As a direct result, during his life in exile he was able to ordain more than 10,000 monks and nuns, so making a priceless contribution towards the stability of the vinaya vows and Vajrayana practice during this age of degeneration.

From the great Khenpo of Kathok monastery, Khenpo Lekshe Jorden, Penor Rinpoche received many transmissions. One special one was the Kham tradition of the Anuyoga empowerment of the Do Gongpa Dup through Mokton Dorje Palzang's famous empowerment ceremony “The River of Honey.” Penor Rinpoche also received the ancient tradition of Kathok monastery and at the same time the empowerments, transmissions and teachings of Jamgon Kongtrul's “Treasury of Essential Instruction;” Tertön Dorje Lingpa's “Condensed Utterance of the Lama;” the Dorje Lingpa terma “Hung Kor Nyingtik;” Ngari's Complete Condensation of Kagye; and Lerab Lingpa's great terma revelation, the cycle of Tendrel Nyesel. The transmissions he received from Karma Kuchen Rinpoche included Nyelpa Delek's Anu Yoga empowerment from the Rinchen Trengwa tradition.


Another of his teachers was Khenpo Khyentse Lodrö, also known as Khenpo Nuden, from Kathok. In a forest above the Dago retreat centre, Khenpo Khyentse Lodrö performed the Drupchen of the Anuyoga Dupa Do, at the same time giving the very first transmission of his newly written four volumes on Anuyoga. Khenpo told the following story. Before the second Drubwang Pema Norbu had passed away, he had given the Khenpo a small knife. At the time he had not given it much thought, but now he realized what this had really meant. The knife represented the sword of wisdom, and when he handed it to him, it was as if Pema Norbu was granting the Khenpo his blessing to finish writing these important new treatises, so as to be able to transmit them to his next incarnation.

From Khenpo Pema Jigme, a learned Khenpo from the Palyul tradition in Golok, Penor Rinpoche received the nine volumes of Jigme Lingpa's collected works, the thirteen chapters of Karma Chagme's “Ah Cho” and the collected works of So Wangdrak Gyatso. While he was receiving this transmission, Penor Rinpoche began to make intricately woven knots in blessing cords with his tongue, something which is done only by the most highly accomplished masters. He continued to make these special blessing cords until 1958. They were renowned for affording powerful protection when worn. One such cord is kept and treasured by one of his attendants today.

Around this same time, Penor Rinpoche happened to write the syllable Ah on a white conch shell. Once the ink had worn away, the syllable remained embossed on the shell. This shell is still kept as an object of veneration in Palyul monastery in Tibet.

Penor Rinpoche’s Monastery, Namdroling Nyingma Monastery, in South India

Having received all the transmissions of the Kangyur and Tengyur, as well as completing a Vajrakilaya retreat, Penor Rinpoche entered into retreat with his master Chögtrul Rinpoche. To go into retreat with one's own teacher is a rare privilege enjoyed by very few. Penor Rinpoche spent four consecutive years in retreat at Tarthang Monastery in the same room as his master. Already elderly and with failing eyesight, Chögtrul Rinpoche endured great personal hardship in order to give Penor Rinpoche virtually all the transmissions practiced in the Palyul tradition emphasizing the empowerments, transmissions and secret oral instructions of Tertön Migyur Dorje's Namchö and the terma revelations of Ratna Lingpa.


Beginning with Ngöndro, up to the most profound innermost teachings of Dzogchen, he stressed every practice until the naked truth was revealed to his young disciple. He said, “If I am not able to transmit all the empowerments, transmissions and teachings to the third Pema Norbu Rinpoche before I leave this world, then this precious human life of mine will have been wasted.” With the constant guidance of his master, Penor Rinpoche successfully completed all the stages of the practice, accomplishing the root recitations of the Three Roots (lama, yidam, and khandro), the Namchö preliminary practices, tummo and tsalung, and the actual foundation practice of the Dzogchen “Buddha in the Palm of the Hand”, including trekchö, clear light tögal, inner tögal practice, darkness practice, and training in the dream state, the nature of sound and the pure realms.

HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche once said, “Penor Rinpoche is a saint who has transcended the boundary of samaya.” By this, he meant that Penor Rinpoche had actualized the experience of inner wisdom, and so realized the state in which there is nothing to grasp and nothing to release.

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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2012, 07:23:51 PM »
I am so happy to hear HH Kyabje Penor Rinpoche lend a helping hand to Dorje Shugden practitioners at this difficult time. It is true that many monks for practice Dorje Shugden suffered a lot because of the ban and discrimination. Can you imagine the cannot even get food and basic supplies easily??

As said in the article, a true Buddhist should relieve the sufferings of others, NOT adding to it... I wonder why CTA is continuing with the ban and keep adding the sufferings to others...

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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2012, 04:56:46 AM »
The Ban to me is clearly an act of pure degeneration in the kindness and compassion in Buddhist practice. When I read this article I teared as I could experience the unconditional compassion and kindness shown by HH Kyabje Penor Rinpoche. If only more such kind acts were done there would definitely be less suffering for the Shugden practitioners. I truly rejoice to read and learn of this great Lama.

This quote really means so much to me:
In the light of the difficult Dorje Shugden ban, H.H. Penor Rinpoche showed an entire community of Buddhist practitioners the true practice of kindness and equanimity. He showed what it really means to relieve the suffering of others, not add to it. Above all, he proved what it means to live the Dharma, and not just preach by its words and politics.

If only the CTA could practise this.... they should if they believe is Karma.

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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2012, 07:24:48 PM »
There are many more high rinpoches and lamas who will want to help shugdenpas out of compassion and kindness like HH kyabje Penor rinpoche. I can understand that they cannot openly declare that they are helping and supporting shugdenpas.  But i think its a real and sincere act of goodness in giving any help to the shudgen practitoners at this point of time where most people are avoiding the shugdenpas .

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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2012, 11:08:23 AM »
Even as the witch-hunt was conducted against Shugden practitioners, , kind and compassionate Kyabje Penor Rinpoche stepped in. He opened his monastery in Bylakuppe for Dorje Shugden monks from the Serpom Monastery nearby to obtain much needed supplies. He was not afraid to contravene orders by the Tibetan Government for people not to associate with Shugden practitioners in any way. As he was of the Nyingma Lineage, he was not subject to the order of the Tibetan Government against Shugden practitioners because  he was not of the Gelug Lineage.

This approach of his was non-sectarian, humanitarian and non-political. He stands out like the only star in a dark sky.

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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2012, 03:35:45 PM »
Thank you for this lovely post with the biography of this great master. Even without reading his biography, his act of kindness to the ostracized community of Dorje Shugden practitioners already proves beyond doubt that he is an enlightened being. Only a person who is at that level would choose compassion over political correctness. This post did bring up something I had not known previously though.

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The Dalai Lama and Tibetan government knew that they would not be able to speak against this as their orders about Dorje Shugden could be issued only within the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

If this is so, does it mean that the shopkeepers who ostracized the Dorje Shugden monks are Gelugpa? How did shopkeepers and followers of other traditions act?

Also, since Dorje Shugden is said to be universally rejected by other traditions because his practice is schismatic, why did such a great leader like HH Penor Rinpoche not think so? Something to think about.
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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2012, 08:59:59 PM »
The Dalai Lama's ban on Dorje Shugden (whatever His Holiness's real objective is) and the CTA's continuing enforcement of the ban have created such a rift within the Tibetan Buddhist community. I have wondered what members of the other Tibetans Buddhist Schools felt about it and now we know.

Penor Rinpoche have never spoken publicly about the matter but his actions of making his facilities available to Dorje Shugden monks says it all.

To me, Penor Rinpoche's action is clear indication that (i) HH Penor Rinpoche did not feel that it was right for Dorje Shugden monks and practitioners to be treated that way because of the ban; (ii) HH Penor Rinpoche for sure did not regard Dorje Shugden as a demon as alleged, because why support demon worshippers ? Wouldn't that send a wrong message to all and also discredit the Nyingma school? and (iii) whatever one's political stance it, it must not overshadow one's spiritual practice and the practice of compassion must be all encompassing and not limited to those who share your political views.

I am also quite shocked that there was no response from the CTA or the pro-ban people because if they TRULY believe that practicing the Protector will have a negative impact on the Tibetan Cause, then shouldn't someone have said something? This says to me that not even the CTA believes that Dorje Shugden is the culprit behind Tibetans failing to regain their country to-date.

And I also like what Wisdom Being wrote: "...since Dorje Shugden is said to be universally rejected by other traditions because his practice is schismatic, why did such a great leader like HH Penor Rinpoche not think so"?

The simple act of compassion by HH Penor Rinpoche has shown how hollow the reasons for the ban is and I hope more leaders from the other schools as well Gelugpa monks will confront the ban because of the damage it is doing within the community and also on the world stage.


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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2012, 07:21:50 PM »
Thank you for sharing the  inspiring biography of the great lama, HH. Penor Rinpoche. His act is the act of Buddhisattva that put Dharma in action. He was compassionate and treated all beings equally. He is not afraid of it maybe against CTA or HHDL for the ban and provided food and supplies to the practitioners of Dorje Shugden.
 
Thank you so much H.H. Penor Rinpoche for lending the hands to the DS practitioners in need. May your incarnation return swiftly and remain among us for thousands of years to turn the wheel Dharma.

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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2012, 08:19:35 PM »
Amazing monk who is brave enough to do what he thinks is right. He is certainly no ordinary lama to be able to do phowa for an old man. A great example for the sangha to emulate.

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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2012, 08:25:16 AM »
it is heartwarming to know that a Nyingma lama, where Nyingmapas traditionally has developed a great dislike for Gelug, to actually extend kindness to Gelugs, and not just any Gelugs, but Gelugs who practice Dorje Shugden and Dorje Shugden is regarded by some Nyingmapas as the traditional enemy of their own tradition. If a Nyingma can extend kindness to Shugdenpas, then why cant the CTA who is Gelug? This is something that CTA should be very ashamed of, and not just CTA but all other centers around the world who are trying to be holier than thou and criticizing Dorje Shugden practitioners and barring them from entering their center.

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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2012, 03:25:21 AM »
To add to this lovely thread, here is a picture of HE Zawa Tulku Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery in Byalakuppe, which is the monastery of HH Penor Rinpoche. I thought it was such a brightly coloured monastery and so much more ornate than other monasteries i have seen. Is this because it is a Nyingma style? Anyway, I thought that you might like to see the actual monastery which opened its doors to Dorje Shugden practitioners.
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2012, 03:28:36 AM »
Here's another photo of the inside of Namdroling Monastery in Byalakuppe, with HE Zawa Tulku Rinpoche in front of the main altar.
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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2012, 02:03:22 PM »
To add to this lovely thread, here is a picture of HE Zawa Tulku Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery in Byalakuppe, which is the monastery of HH Penor Rinpoche. I thought it was such a brightly coloured monastery and so much more ornate than other monasteries i have seen. Is this because it is a Nyingma style? Anyway, I thought that you might like to see the actual monastery which opened its doors to Dorje Shugden practitioners.

Dear Wisdom Being,

The facade of Namdroling monastery is not a Nyingma-styled temple. Nyingmas don't really have a distinct style of its own in building its temples. Namdroling is apparently modeled after the 3D Mandala of Guru Rinpoche that is situated on Copper-colored Mountain, the pure land of Guru Rinpoche. Hence, the temple is highly decorated and above it are flying dakinis.

I think it is so inspirational that his great Nyingma lama decides to forgo the ban and lend a helping hand. It shows that they are true Buddhists and they reflect true Nyingma master and do not hold a grudge like many Nyingmas who do not like Dorje Shugden practitioners for various reasons. One of them is the age-old distaste for followers of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and the other is because of various rumors that Dorje Shugden practitioners are against the Nyingma lineage. I am glad this Lama thought none of that when he made the decision to assist Dorje Shugden monks. A true Lama indeed!

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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2012, 12:16:39 AM »
Thanks WB for those lovely pictures.... It made me realise that I've actually visited this temple before many years ago and it was such a beautiful sight just looking at it. The intricate details of this well built and sculptured of a temple/mandala shows whoever who built this temple did it with great devotion and faith. The statues are very beautiful and plated in real gold... here are some more pictures found. If anyone is visiting India, they ought to visit this majestic temple/monastery.... it is breath-taking, a paradise indeed.


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Re: A Tribute to His Holiness the 3rd Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2012, 12:26:06 AM »
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Namdroling monastery was established by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche shortly after he came to India from Tibet. With only 300 rupees in his hand and with just a handful of monks, he laid the foundation stone of the three-storied main temple that then covered an area of 80 square feet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama consecrated the spot and bestowed the name “Namdroling Monastery.”
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I found this to be very inspiring... from only 300 rupees in his hand, a handful of assistance.... to this?! That just goes to show that if a Lama has good assistants... anything is possible. May His Holiness Penor Rinpoche swiftly take a rebirth to continue turning the wheel of Dharma. Masters like him are rare treasures.