The Schedule of the Nirvana Ceremonies for H.H. Yangthang Rinpoche
In complying with Yangthang Rinpoche’s last instruction before his passing into Parinirvana, request for guidance on how to organise the Nirvana Ceremony was sought from H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche. For the purpose to complete accumulations and purify obscurations, to have signs of Yangthang Rinpoche’s obstacles of grounds and paths dissolved into basic space, to have the new moon of Rinpoche’s reincarnation arisen swiftly, as well as for all the other virtuous purposes, offering of profound and extensive Nirvana Ceremonies will be made. H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche has already agreed to take on the responsibility of finding the reincarnation of Yangthang Rinpoche.
The Schedule of the Nirvana Ceremonies for HH Yangthang Rinpoche is as follows:
Part One: As advised by H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche, from October 16 to November 4 (the 15th day of the 8th month to the 5th day of the 9th month according to Tibetan calendar), during this period of 'three sevens’, the Nirvana Ceremonies will be offered through the sadhana ‘Lama Chodpa (Guru Offering)’ at Dodrup-Choerden Gompa in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
Part Two: On November 5 (the 6th day od the 9th month in Tibetan calendar) Yangthang Rinpoche’s sacred body will be invited to Pemayangtse Monastery in West Sikkim. The Nirvana Ceremonies will be held here for three days, through the chanting of ‘The Seven Chapters Supplication Prayers’.
Part Three: On November 8 (the 9th day of the 9th month in Tibetan calendar), the sacred body will be invited to Yuksom of West Sikkim. Norbu Gang, located in Yuksom, is the holy site where the meeting of the first Sikkim’s dharma king and the three masters took place. The gate to the sublime Dharma was therefore opened there. Yuksom was also the main seat of Yangthang Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s sacred body will be invited to his own room nearby Norbu Gang. The profound and extensive Nirvana Ceremonies will take place in Yuksom till December 2.
The Ending: On December 2 (the 3rd day of the 10th month in Tibetan calendar), the Cremation Ceremony for HH Yangthang Rinpoche’s sacred body will take place in Yuksom. Sublime masters from all directions will attend to conduct this ceremony. This event will be the conclusion of the whole Nirvana Ceremony.