The celebration of Parinirvana Day is an important occasion for Buddhist practitioners around the world to rejoice at an attained being’s achievement of Enlightenment upon death, where one is free from samsara.
At the same time, it is a day to reflect on the impermanence of one’s life and the lives of our loved ones. Solemn as it may sound, this reflection on impermanence allows us to become a better person and as a practitioner, we will take our Dharma practice with more urgency, as we realise that time is short for all of us.
Recently, on 5-6 April 2016, a group of devoted practitioners from across the globe gathered in Thailand to commemorate His Eminence Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Day. It was just 10 years ago when the sudden passing of Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche struck the Buddhist world with grief and sorrow over the premature loss of such a great master.
Although a decade has passed, Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s teachings still continue to benefit countless people around the world.
As part of the celebrations, a Lama Chopa puja and Dorje Shugden kangso was conducted along with prayers by a group of Thai monks according to the Theravadan tradition. A feast was also held as an offering to the Sangha. All these events were conducted to generate the merits for us to be able to receive pure Buddhism from great masters like Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche.
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