Update – March 22, 2020
Here is an update regarding Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche.
Rinpoche returned home from the hospital last Wednesday, March 18th. In general, he is doing significantly better than most open-heart surgery patients. He is managing pain, resting well, and walking as much as he can. He is now very food sensitive and it has been hard to find foods he can tolerate, but a work in progress.
As is probably true in your state, Minnesota has closed all home nursing, home physical therapy and other resources that open-heart surgical patients normally have at home. We are fortunately able to provide many of these services ourselves and are managing the best we can without these services. I call it the chief cook and bottle washer as well.
Because of Covid-19 virus concerns, and since we had recently been in contact with people at the hospital, as a precaution we have put this house on self-imposed isolation to prevent Rinpoche from getting the virus. This meant that Rinpoche’s sister was not able to come to help with his recovery, and the visits of other wonderful people who were scheduled to help take care of Rinpoche also have been postponed. Ha, he is just stuck with me as his recovery nurse. Think he sees me as Nurse Ratchet! Tough to have a retired surgical nurse and a mental health therapist to take care of him. No room for just being still to prevent pain.
Students have asked about his surgical sites. Seriously, I am amazed as his scars look like the surgery was done last month. Clean, solid and sealed. I understand your concerns because he is a diabetic, but even his physician was pleasantly surprised when the bandage was removed.
Rinpoche spends his time doing prayers and mantras and reading Bon texts. He says that one result of the imposed isolation is that he is able to put himself into a retreat mode. He has done 100,000 of the Sipid Gyalmo mantra, not for himself, but for all sentient beings. This has helped him to manage his pain and recovery.
I want to apologize, It’s very busy here, managing Rinpoche’s recovery, life and seeing patients through video and so I have not been able to respond to all of the beautiful emails and texts. But I tell Rinpoche about all the communications, and he is grateful for so much love and support from his students and friends.
Rinpoche sends his love and prayers to all and wants me to thank everyone for all of their emails, calls and texts and I just discovered continued financial support.
Here are questions asked and I will do my best to answer:
- Yes, Rinpoche is eating a normal diet. At the suggestion of Yongzin Rinpoche, he is eating a lot of bone soups. As he is able to eat more foods, keeping him on a heart-healthy and diabetic-friendly diet.
- Yes, he is fully aware of what is happening with the Covid 19 Virus and is always praying for everyone.
- Rinpoche has asked that students recite the Sipid Gyalmo mantra, not just 100 or 200 times, but thousands of times. He said the mantra works against the virus. One of his students who is a physician reports that she was ill, and after repeating this mantra she feels better.
- Rinpoche is walking well. He walks several times a day, both inside the house and outside in the fresh air. He started out slow but is walking at a more normal pace now.
- Unfortunately, Rinpoche cannot accept visitors, because we are in isolation mode. But I will let everyone know when it would be possible to visit Rinpoche. I’m sure he would enjoy visiting with someone other than me.
- Many people have asked about financial support. This is a very expensive surgery, and Rinpoche is grateful for all the financial support he has received. Yes, you can still help financially with this surgery. Rinpoche would appreciate your continued support. Just click the “Contribute” button below. We give thanks in advance to all who would like to help take care of Rinpoche.
For socialization, I hope during the week, next week, he would like to talk with people through WeChat or zoom. More social than a teaching at this time.
So again, Rinpoche would like to thank everyone for all of the prayers, cards, well wishes and support. I feels this was dynamic for his surgery and recovery.
Update – March 16, 2020
Hello To Everyone,
Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche had his surgery last Friday, March 13th. The original plan was for a double bypass, but the surgeon felt Rinpoche needed three bypasses. Rinpoche was in the ICU for two days and now is being monitored in the cardiac unit. He is doing very well. Rinpoche is managing all that comes with post-operative issues. Yesterday he walked several times. He will continue to walk and do everything necessary to come home as soon as possible.
I want to share something with everyone. When I spoke with the surgeon after Rinpoche’s operation was complete, the surgeon mentioned he felt something very special in the operating room. He felt an awesome feeling of great peace, joy, and tears in his operating room. The next day, the surgeon told Rinpoche’s brother that he had felt as if thousands of hands were helping him in the operating room.
I am also feeling this powerful peace and love in the house and in his room. I know he will feel it as well when he returns home. Not to mention I have amazing Bönpos here at the house. Lhakpa, Rinpoche’s brother and Geshe Chhampel – Hearing their chanting, the drum beating, the bells ringing here in the shrine room and the house has been so amazing and powerful.
On behalf of Rinpoche and his family, I want to say, “Thank You.” Together as a Bönpo community we connected with Rinpoche when he needed our healing, love, gratitude and support. It was felt so deeply that I am still tearing over.
Rinpoche was able to video chat with His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche last night and share a very special few minutes as they connected. I have seen and felt the love and powerful energy that the Geshes, monks and practitioners have shown to Rinpoche in prayers, from as far away as Tibet, Nepal, India, Canada, Mexico, Poland, Russia, the US. Thank you all again for all your support and prayers for Rinpoche.
We expect Rinpoche’s recovery will continue to go well. Rinpoche’s family is very special and have been here in Minnesota with us. We have a plan in place for his recovery. Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are self-imposing a quarantine and have what we need to manage for the next three weeks.
We ask that everyone understand and respect this quarantine. Please do not attempt to visit Rinpoche for the next two weeks as he stabilizes and heals. As the status of the COVID-19 virus changes, we will update you on possibly visiting Rinpoche.
Update – March 14, 2020
Rinpoche is out of surgery. He had a triple bypass, and the doctors have said everything went well. He is in the ICU for a couple of days. We will update again soon.
To all students, friends and supporters of Latri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche and the worldwide Bon community,
Thursday evening, February 20, Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche was admitted to the emergency room at a hospital here in Minnesota. He was kept overnight and yesterday, Friday, underwent a full series of cardiac tests.
Based on the examination and test results, Rinpoche’s doctors unanimously strongly advised heart bypass surgery. They did not believe stents are the proper treatment. Rinpoche is at risk for a serious and potentially fatal heart attack. He is currently taking medication and resting, as he awaits surgery. Rinpoche’s bypass surgery is scheduled the week of March 9.
Until then, Rinpoche will be resting with his family and his home in Minneapolis. Rinpoche has spoken with His Holiness sMenri Trizin, His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche and His Eminence, Kundrol Rinpoche, who are arranging for the appropriate divinations and ceremonial protocols. At the same time, Rinpoche is building his immune system, managing his diabetes and preparing for this surgery.
Rinpoche’s recovery will be extensive, but no doubt he will do fine during his recovery.
We are informing all of you about Rinpoche’s condition, because it is important that his students and supporters are aware of the facts of this situation. We do, however, ask that you respect Rinpoche’s privacy and his need for rest during this time. Any communication regarding Rinpoche’s health or travel schedule should be directed to Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rinpoche has requested that students do not contact him directly at this time.
Rinpoche has asked that his students who wish to pray for him, should do the Yeshe Walmo prayer and recite the long-life mantra of Tsewang Ringzin. Those who are familiar with the Red Garuda practice may do that practice and recite the Red Garuda mantra. These prayers and mantras, and instructions for the practice are posted in the webpage below.
Students have asked if they can help offset the cost of the surgery. Rinpoche would appreciate your support. There will be a link on the website, www. yeruboncenter.org, where contributions towards the cost of Rinpoche’s surgery can be accepted. This will be a catastrophic expense, and we give thanks in advance to all who would like to help take care of Rinpoche.
We have also received requests for students and friends of Rinpoche to come to visit him in Minnesota. Yes, this is possible, but we ask that you contact Deborah at email@example.com for scheduling. Visitations can be scheduled between March 1st and March 8th.
We thank you all for your concerns, your good wishes, your support, and your patience during this time. We will provide updates on the Yeru Bön Center website as they develop.
On behalf of the Board of Yeru Bon Center,
David Peteler, President
The Long Life Mantra of Tsewang Ringzin
SO DRUM AH KAR MU LA TING NAM OE DU MU YE TSE NI DZA
SO is the unchanging space of phenomena
DRUM is the unequaled palace of the deities
AH KAR is the nature of birth-less wisdom
MU LA is the seed syllable of the ringzin
TING NAM is the self-arising water of the nectar (of life force)
OE DU is the collection of all of the attainments of longevity
MU YE is the magical sound of luck and prosperity
TSE NI is the essence of a human being
DZA is the iron hook of light, that captures the attainments of longevity and brings them to this place
Invocation of Yeshe Walmo
MA DU SUM SANG GYE KA KYONG THU MO CHE
Powerful mother who protects the teachings of the Buddhas of the three times
MA CHOG SID PA GYAL MO YING KI YUM
Sipe Gyalmo, mother of all throughout space and time
KUN DOK THINK NAK NAM KHE ZHI DANG CHEN
Color azure like the clear sky
KU LA MA JA DZE PI THUL PA SOL
Body adorned with beautiful peacock feathers
CHAG YE NAM CHAG RAL DRI DRA SOG CHOD
The iron sword held in the right hand cuts the life of adverse forces
YON PE TSE BUM SHEN GI TSE SOG SING
The life-force vase in the left hand gives life to all beings
YESHE WALMO KHOR DANG CHE PA LA
Yeshe Walmo and retinue,
DUD TSI MI ZED GYEN TSOK DHI BUL GYI
I offer you an unceasing stream of nectar and jewels
YUNG DRUNG BON GYI TEN PA NYEN PO SUNG
Protect the doctrine of the eternal Yung Drung Bon
DRUP SHEN DAG GYI CHOL WE TRIN LE ZOD
Give us practitioners strength of energy and body
DA CHAK PON LOP KHOR DANG CHE PA YI
To all of us, masters and disciples
ME THUN KYEN DANG BAR CHED MA LU KUN
May all afflicted conditions, obstacles and obscurations
KHA LONG YING SU THAM CHED ZHI WAR DZOD
Be liberated into the vastness of space.
For healing, use the mantra: OM A BIYA NAGPO BÉ SÖD SO HA
Red Garuda Mantra
HUNG TRO TA YA GHA RU NA TRI TRONG HA RA NYE LO YO SO TÜN DU
HUNG is the space of the unchanging nature of existence.
TRO TA is the wrathful nature of phenomena.
YA is the great nature of exalted wisdom.
GHA RU NA is the body of the wrathful Khyung deity.
TRI TRONG is the roaring voice of the Khyung deity.
HA RA is the emanating heat and rays of light.
NYE LO YO is the sound of the mantras.
SO is the supreme body, speech and mind.
TÜN DU is the collected essence-radiance of all phenomenal existence.