Anniversary of the Parinirvana of Kyapjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Kyapjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was the great-grandson of Chokgyur Lingpa. He was also one of the chief lineage-holders of the Chokling Tersar. The 15th Karmapa recognized him as a reincarnation of the tertön Guru Chökyi Wangchuk (1210-1270). Furthermore, he was an emanation of Nupchen Sangyé Yeshé, one of the twenty-five main disciples of Padmasambhava.
Kyapjé Tulku Urgyen was renowned among modern masters for his profound meditative realization. Yet, despite his extensive knowledge, he offered the essence of the Buddhist teaching in a concise and humorous style accessible to all. Using simple language, he pointed out the nature of mind to anyone who had a genuine interest.
Kyapjé Tulku Urgyen passed away peacefully on February 13th, 1996 (the 24th day of the 12th month of the Wood Pig year), at his mountain hermitage in Nagi Gompa. The sky above remained clear and completely cloudless for two days. Traditionally this clarity is seen as a sign that a highly realized Dzokchen master is passing away.