His Eminence Gar Mingyur Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

Letter from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Regarding the Parinirvana
of H.E. Gar Mingyur Rinpoche


Dear Dharma Friends,

Recently I received news of the rapidly declining health of His Eminence Gar Mingyur
Rinpoche, the ultimate great Yogin and vajra-holder of the three vows, born in 1940. I arranged
for several ceremonies to prolong his life. On my part, I truly did everything possible. Upon
receiving the sad news this morning of his physical manifestation’s dissolution into the dharmasphere,
I am full of sorrow.

Not only was Mingyur Rinpoche a lama of my monastery, but in times when the teachings of
the Buddha have declined, without any sectarian bias, he bestowed monastic ordinations in
many monasteries. Therefore, he was a great holder of vinaya who restored the foundations of
the vinaya teachings.

He held the life-force of the ultimate Buddhadharma. He was a great pillar of the teachings of
my monastery. From my childhood until now—throughout my entire life—we went through a lot
together. He was my vajra brother with whom I have shared a loving samaya that has never
been even slightly tarnished. Moreover, it is because of his great pure compassion that he took
a following of dedicated monastics and faithful laity at our main monastery and its branches
under his skillful care.

Even though our anguished minds may feel the pain of endless grief, stirred by our certainty in
the nature of compounded phenomena, I encourage everyone to bring to mind your individual
yidam deity. In knowing that this yidam is inseparable from the lama, commit to recite a certain
number of mantras of that deity within the next fourty-nine days. Committing to this practice of
mantra accumulation will bring vast benefit to all others and yourself. Thus, I ask you to please
take this to heart.

While their minds never move from the totally-pervasive dharmadhātu sphere, I also ask you to
pray deeply that the two form bodies of the glorious and holy lamas will continue to appear for
the sake of sentient beings until the end of cyclic existence.

Written by Gar Konchog Gyaltsen on September 8th, 2018.