Here are some of the messages that we have received.
Latest message from Thrangu Rinpoche who advised us with details regarding her dying process:
Thank you for your letter Lodrö Sangpo.
I have received your message of Gelongma Migme Chödrön’s passing and I have done prayers for her. I think that she will not be suffering difficulties in the next life. She is a very good practitioner.
Before dying, you helped her getting into the sitting position. Then after she passed away, you helped with putting on her robes.
Her heart staying warm (for three days after her death) was a very good sign.
Yours in the Dharma, Thrangu Rinpoche
A message from Khandro Rinpoche:
Thank you for your email communicating the news of Anila’s passing away.
Our Sangha and myself send you all our condolences and prayers at the passing away of our wonderful friend and an inspiring teacher to many.
May the Buddhas and Bodhisattavas, guide her on her passage and may she continue to manifest in ways that will allow her boundless energy, courage and kindness and that unforgettable humor, to benefit countless beings.
For all these years that I have known her, she has been someone who, whenever I thought of her, no matter where in the world I was, would lighten up my mind just recalling her smile and the glint of such kindness in her eyes that seemed to always make someone feel content and calm.
May her life and now passing, be of great inspiration to many.
We are all offering prayers and lamps for Anila Migme, but know that she will be protected and blessed by all the enlightened beings.
I would like to also thank you and everyone in the Sangha and beyond, for having been with her all this time and for taking such good care of our most beloved Anila. We will all miss her physical presence but know she is with us in every step we take as sons and daughters of the Buddha.
With prayers, KR
Message from Tyler Dewar, Dean of Nalandabodhi community:
To the Venerable Monastics and the Lay Practitioners of the Karma Changchub Ling Community,
On behalf of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and all the teachers and leadership of Nalandabodhi, I would like to extend condolences and heartfelt prayers in order to join with those who are practicing for, mourning the passing, and appreciating the inspiration of the Venerable Bhikṣuṇī Ani Migme Chödrön.
For decades at Gampo Abbey, Ani Migme held what perhaps could be considered the most central and authoritative seat of leadership of the community. Ani Migme taught and led by example, constantly and consistently. Whether through her expertise in scriptural dharma and ritual practices or through her always-available personal guidance, she displayed what it means to be a thoroughly dharmic person, and what a genuinely monastic Western lifestyle, free of pretense and contrivance, looks like.
One would be utterly confounded by an effort to identify a person more steeped in the dharma, and more inseparable from the dharma in their way of life, than Ani Migme Chödrön. Her devotion to monasticism proved that the monastery has a place in the Buddhadharma of the Western hemisphere. Her friendliness and unflappable ability to console and encourage others through the hardships of the path of awakening form a legacy that glorifies the two bodhicittas. Her humor and ever-radiant smile, now merging with the Ocean of Dharma, shine with vajra laughter, accompanying the sound of the three roots’ dharma, appearing in whatever ways are beneficial to all.
We celebrate the life of discipline, benefit, and vision that Ani Migme shared with us. As we sit in the space of her parting, and when we rise from our seats as well, may we remember and practice the Four Dharmas enunciated to us so clearly, through so many mornings, by a great master of the teachings and friend on the path.
Sincerely, Mitra Tyler Dewar
Message from Lama Tenzin, Karma Sonam Dargye Ling (KSDL; Canadian Seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa), Toronto:
On behalf of Lama Tenzin and the many members of KSDL, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the KCCL community. We are saddened to hear that such a remarkable and dedicated practitioner has passed on. She will be greatly missed. She was a lovely person and an inspiration to both Western practitioners and the Buddhist community. It must be a great comfort to have the Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche praying for her and guiding you through this difficult time.
It is auspicious that she lived to such a remarkable age. We will be dedicating prayers to her here at KSDL and we extend our deepest condolences to those of you that had the honour of having her daily in your lives. May her memory and example live on in all of our hearts.
Best wishes to all. Sincerely, Valerie (Secretary of KSDL)
Message from Ms. Shirley Blair for Thrangu Rinpoche’s school for Himalayan children:
Thank-you for sending this news. It is wonderful to know that Ani Migme was accompanied by the best friends possible in this life – vajra sisters and brothers.
Here at Thrangu Rinpoche’s school for Himalayan children, we have reason to remember Ani Migme in our prayers. She was linked to us by her generosity. The children do Arya Tara, Sangye Menla and Chenrezig sadhanas in rotation – I can hear them chanting as I type this. We have a prayer board beside the temporary prayer hall. Ani Migme Chödrön’s photo will be posted so the children can visualize her. They have nothing to give to others, but their prayers are said with deep aspirations and with joy – they can give that.
In gratitude, Shirley
Message form Ani Pema Chödrön:
If she died on Oct 11 how auspicious since its the 10th day, Guru Rinpoche feast day. I’ll be practicing for her in retreat.
I’ll so miss this dear friend but I know how happy she’s been at KCCL, taken care of so beautifully by you all. Thank you Sangpo for your care and love for her. I know there’s nothing that would mean more to her than that.
Now I guess it’s time for you all to get a good long sleep.
With my love and appreciation, Ani Pema
For Ani Pema’s Tribute to Ani Migme, see: http://gampoabbey.org/passing-away-gelongma-migme-chodron-october-11-9-pm-2016/
Message from Glenna Olmsted:
Such a sweet time, holding Ani Migme in my heart. I have notified Mingyur Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
Much love, Glenna
Message from Tashi Colman:
Please know that Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche was informed of Ani Migme’s passing and has said prayers as well as has requested them at the monastery in Bir, India.
Message from Karl Brunnhölzl:
I heard about Ani Migme’s passing yesterday and would like to convey my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
On the one hand, it is very sad to hear about her passing and I have very fond memories of times together with her. On the other hand, as you say, she is an example of a life lived truly meaningfully and she had such wonderful conditions during the last weeks of her life and her passing, with all of you present and taking care of her.
I will always remember her as the kind, witty, and diligent person she was, an inspiration for many on the Buddhist path in general and the monastic one in particular. May her rebirth – if there is one – be even more meaningful and beneficial!
Please also convey my condolences to the others at KCCL and may your practice over the next days be fruitful.
Best wishes, Karl