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Dear Sangha, friends and supporters,

We regret to inform you that Lama Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of Saraswati Bhawan, peerless teacher and friend, has taken his last breath and entered into t'hugdam after a two year battle with cancer. 
Rinpoche continued to serve and care for his students up to the very end of his life. He is now in a luminal state of awareness, which makes it a very precious time to connect with his blessing field. Before passing he explained how, "during the final dissolution of mind into space, the two benefits are accomplished - the benefits for self and other. Self is going into the Dharmakaya, then only there is benefit for the other.”
This is a very special time to make connections with the Guru's mind, by both focusing on the practices that Rinpoche has given - particularly the Calling Lama From Afar - and also by supporting the expenses of all the pujas and associated activities. 
We are very grateful for the ongoing blessings, prayers and advice from HH Dungsey Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, and HH Dudjom Yangsi Sangye Pema Shepa. Also for Amchi Urgyen Kalzang, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche and Sangye Rinpoche for presiding over his care.
The cremation will be performed on Guru Rinpoche day, followed by the traditional 49 days of continuous ceremonies held at Rinpoche's residence in Boudhanath.
If you would like to make donations towards the funeral expenses, you can make tax-deductible donations here. Otherwise, you can send donations directly to Kalsang Lama via western union. 
At this time we request that you respect the family's need for privacy and attention to all the details of the funeral services. More information and updates will be forthcoming.
Saraswati Bhawan is a non-profit religious organization founded by Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche.
Maiing: PO Box 172, Decorah, IA, 52101
Physical: 1781 View End Lane, Lansing, IA 52151
www.SaraswatiBhawan.org

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