Sep 08, 2008

Tibet: Dalai Lama's Brother Dies In Indiana At 86

Active ImageTibet mourns Taktser Rinpoche’s death.

Below is an article published by The Canadian Press:

Taktser Rinpoche, the oldest brother of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, has died in his home in Indiana [USA] after a prolonged illness. He was 86.

The death was announced by the office of the Tibetan government-in-exile in India. 

Rinpoche, a former representative of the Dalai Lama in Japan and a former abbot of Kumbum monastery in Amdo, Tibet, died Friday evening [5 September 2008].

After leaving Tibet in the 1950s, Rinpoche taught Tibetan Studies at Indiana University, where he founded the Tibetan Cultural Center in 1979.

As a mark of respect, the offices of the Tibetan government-in-exile in the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala remained closed Saturday [6 September 2008] and a prayer session was held in the afternoon.

Rinpoche is survived by his wife, Kunyang Norbu, and three sons.