At 11:00 a.m., India time, the glorious Mahasiddha and incarnate Bodhisattva whose name is difficult to utter---known simply as His Holiness the 7th Karma Chagme Rinpoche---passed into parinirvana. No news yet on the scheduled events regarding when he will exit thukdam, what exactly will be done with his kudung, and which practices his students will be asked to accumulate. If I hear anything, I'll update everyone here.
I, for one, am feeling a mixture of sadness and joy. It was my sincere aspiration to meet Chagme Rinpoche in this life and request whatever wang, lung, and tri he was willing to give when I intend to visit Nepal next fall. I have a friend who sometimes translates for the abbot of his gompa who was going to introduce us...
On the one hand, it saddens me greatly that this will not come to pass. I also wonder if this has anything to do with a lack of merit. We have lost a truly great being from this world, and perhaps have failed at beseeching him to delay his parinirvana.
On the other hand, this is a skillful display of impermanence and the sufferings of Samsara. It is a lesson in how all of us will eventually face death... How we should give up attachment to this life and strive to earnestly practice; do our damnedest to practice throughout the day and night. I, for one, am inspired.
Lastly, I would like to ask a question of the more learned practitioners and those who were closer to Chagme Rinpoche is this life than I: is there a guru yoga or gurusadhana of Karma Chagme, and if so, where can one find it?
And what's the precedent for someone to compose a swift rebirth prayer for their guru? Karma Chagme has been a consistent presence in all the lineages I've come in contact with and practice. There's no doubt in my mind that I have a special connection to him...
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།