The 33rd Kyabje Gyalwa Menri Trizin Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Bon tradition, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition that combines elements of indigenous Tibetan religions that predate Buddhism, passed away on 14 September 2017 at 6:25 pm.
Menri Trizin was born in the village of Kyongtsang in eastern Tibet in 1929 and started living at the Phuntsog Dargye Ling monastery when he was 8 years old. He received his geshe [advanced] degree at age 25, and studied at several Bon monasteries before fleeing to Nepal in 1959.
He taught Buddhism in England and Norway before being chosen as the 33rd abbot of Menri in 1966. His duties included reestablishing the Menri Monastery in India (the original monastery was founded in Tibet in 1405 and destroyed during China’s Cultural Revolution).
Menri was the root lama to our teacher, Dr. Daniel Brown. We hold Menri in our hearts and deeply appreciate the contributions that he made to the dharma thriving in the West.