New Head of Nyingma Tradition

The following article is from the Autumn, 1993 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.


Kyabje Pema Norbu Rinpoche

On April 23,1993, His Holiness the Dalai Lama confirmed Kyabje Palyul Dubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche as the new head of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The post became vacant after Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche passed away on September 28, 1991. The new Nyingma head had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on June 5, 1993.

Kyabje Pema Norbu Rinpoche, popularly known as Penor Rinpoche, was elected to succeed Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche by a gathering of lamas and abbots belonging to the Nyingma tradition in Bodh Gaya on January 9,1992. However, at that time Rinpoche was on a visit to Tibet. On his return, Rinpoche accepted the leadership at another gathering of Nyingma lamas, during the Nyingma Great Prayer Festival held in Bodh Gaya on January 3, 1993. Penor Rinpoche heads the Namdroling Monastery in Lugsung Samdubling settlement, Bylakuppe. You can read about the Palyul Nyingma lineage in The Garland of Immortal Wish-Fulfilling Trees.

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