Sangye Khandro

On behalf of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche’s sangha community, we offer our deep condolences to the Mahasiddha Foundation sangha family and to Rinpoche’s faithful Sangyum, Lydia Segal. Gyatrul Rinpoche spent his early years at Mahasiddha as one of the founders, he was always close with Tulku over the years, and he had deep regard for Tulku Rinpoche. I speak for all of us when I say that Tulku Thondup Rinpoche was the perfect example of a true practitioner in terms of impeccable guru devotion and expressed his entire life for his master, the great Dodrubchen Rinpoche. Tulku was a true pioneer in the field of gold standard translation of important texts and also published his own compilations and writings concerning history, theory, and practical advice for western students to enter this profound and daunting path of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. It is rare to encounter a lama who is a tulku, fully qualified in his own tradition, knowledgeable in the English language and western traditions, while always being a human with perfect conduct and character. We are all indebted to Tulku Thondup for the gifts he has left us as his legacy and example. May we all be fortunate enough to meet Tulku Rinpoche once again in the western pure realm of Dewachen. Humbly, Sangye Khandro