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Parinirvana of Venerable Dhomang Gyatrul Rinpoche

Our beloved precious master, the Venerable Dhomang Gyatrul Rinpoche, passed into paranirvana on April 8th, 2023 at 2:30 am at his home in Half Moon Bay, California.

We are all very aware of the exceptional life that Rinpoche lived and how Rinpoche dedicated himself to the propagation of Buddhadharma, especially as a pioneer in the west in the 1970s until the present time. We are eternally grateful for Rinpoche’s example, kindness, vajra presence, teachings, and wisdom blessings that have been a part of our lives for so many years.

On May 30th, 2023, the sacred body of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche was offered into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Cruz.

We have some new materials about the Sea Burial in remembrance of our precious teacher: an inspiring story entitled Recollections of a Sea Burial that provides an account of how the sea burial unfolded, along with several videos capturing the events of that day. Please click here to visit the Vimala Archives webpage to view and download copies of these materials. Please click here to download a copy of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche’s Swift Rebirth Prayer.

Profound peace, natural simplicity
Uncompounded luminosity
I have found a nectar-like Dharma

-Shakyamuni Buddha

As in any great journey in life, it begins with just a few first steps and slowly, slowly the terrain changes, the mind unwinds and we become accustomed to the process.

Orgyen Dorje Den is a Tibetan Buddhist center in the Nyingma tradition, founded by the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche under the auspices of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. ODD was established to facilitate the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the San Francisco Bay Area. ODD’s current center in Alameda was acquired in 2001 and has since blossomed into an extraordinary resource and support for the Buddhadharma.