10th Pachen Lama’s mother (Sonam Dolma) passed away on 20th of June.
2013-01-23
It is reported that the compassionate Sonam Dolma (10th Pachen Lama’s mother) passed away due to illness on 20th June.

 

Lobsang Trinley Lhundup Choekyi Gyaltsen (19th February 1938- 28th January 1989) was born in Xunhua County in 1938 which locates in Qinghai province or Amdo in Tibetan language, who was an outstanding leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the great patriot, the famous statesman, as China’s highest authority of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee vice chairman, and he was appointed honorary president of the Buddhist Association. However, on 3rd January 1989, he left to Shigatse or Rikaze to attend the auspicious of the buried of the 5th Pachen Lama and was held under the presence of him.

 

Socially locals called him as ‘Tsongpon Gyagpa’ literally means ‘the fat businessman’ before recognizing him as Lama, later people came to know him as a Lama and all the Tibetans gave honorable respects. Tashilhunpo monastery is the residence for all reigns of Pachen Lamas that initially founded by the 1st Dalai Lama (Gendun Drup in 1447), like other Pachen Lamas, he also spent some decades there by looking after the monastery and its people.

 

On 28th February 1989, the efficiency lama passed away, due to overwork and suffered a heart attack. Even from central government sent official medical experts for treatment, the results failed and passed away around 20:16 at his new Kalsang Phodang (Summer Palace) in Shigatse city (Xigaze).

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