On 3 April, at 3:15 p.m., Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche chose to end the state of Tukdam, which is the deep meditative composure that some realized masters enter into after the demise of their physical bodies, after three and a half days. The event was accompanied by rather out-of-the-ordinary weather occurrences. Here in Kathmandu, a very strong and totally unseasonal thunderstorm was observed. Around 3:00 p.m. it began to get very dark, followed by strong gusts of wind and squalls of torrential rain. Multi-coloured lightning flashes crisscrossed the sky and several thunderclaps shook the monastery. After the weather cleared rainbows were observed by some. Similar such weather occurences were reported from other places as well. Most significantly from Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the seat of the Karmapas in exile, where Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche served for so many years as the 16th Karmapa's vajra master. It was reported from Rumtek, that a similar thunderstorm occurred there, exactly at the same time as here. Rain, thunder and lightning, growing ever more distant, persisted throughout the night.
The Parinirvana of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche on March 30, 2012 and the following cycle of events at Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal.
A brief account of the passing of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche
[The Precious Kudung - Photo taken by Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's personal attendant Karma Sherab Wangchuk, Kathmandu, 2012]
As you know, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche had been admitted to hospital on the evening of 26 March. On the 28th, at 5:30 p.m. Rinpoche expressly stated his wish to return to the monastery. The doctors advised him strongly not to do so, owing to the lack of facilities there, and telling Rinpoche quite frankly that they could not guarantee for anything should he choose to leave anyway. However, Rinpoche stood by his decision, which was also confirmed by H.H. the Karmapa's advice shortly thereafter. An ambulance was readied and Rinpoche arrived in the monastery at around 7:00 p.m.
Please find below a Spanish and French translation of "The passing of Tenga Rinpoche":
[Translated by Trinle Gyamtso from Dag Shang Kagyu]
[Translated by the Director of the Dag Shang Kagyu Choling, Sao Paulo, Brazil]