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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Peaceful farewell to Buddhist leader

Thubten J. Norbu, a former Indiana University professor and the eldest brother of the Dalai Lama, passed away on Friday, September 5th and cremated Wednesday in a traditional Tibetan ceremony for high lamas. He is also known as the 24th reincarnation of Taktser Rinpoche, a historical high lama from centuries ago. Norbu contributed to the world not only as a professor of Tibetan Studies, but as a freedom fighter in support of the Dalai Lama during the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949.

"From reading, I knew about Norbu’s long, unlikely journey from eastern Tibet to Indiana. I knew he was forced into exile by Chinese troops, and that his destiny changed from being the abbot of an important Buddhist monastery to being a husband, father, teacher and activist in the United States. (A biography is at tibetancc.com.)"

His friends and followers wait for his reincarnation, with which they expect to happen within the first 49 days of his death. Though they do not know the location or form of reincarnation, clues are left through notes by the deceased, dreams from those closest to him, and other signs.

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