September 7, 2008
Bloomington, IND - The Norbu Family announces with great sadness the passing of Thubten Jigme Norbu, known to all Tibetans as Taktser Rinpoche. Rinpoche was 86 years old. He was a faculty member in Indiana University's Department of Central Eurasian Studies from 1965 until his retirement in 1988. During his time at Indiana University, he taught numerous students in Tibetan Studies and saw several of them develop into accomplished scholars in the field.
Rinpoche passed away, peacefully, from natural causes, on September 5, 2008, at 2:35 p.m. (EDT), at his residence at the Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Kunyang, his sons, Lhundrup, Kunga, and Jigme, his daughters-in-law, his three grandsons, his brothers, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Gyalo Thondup, and Ngari Rinpoche, and his sister, Jetsun Pema.
The establishment of the Tibetan Cultural Center was the fulfillment of a long-term, dream of Rinpoche. The Center was envisioned by him as an institution dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture in the face of the ravages that China inflicted on Tibet over several decades. Rinpoche was a tireless advocate for the restoration of Tibet's independence and saw the preservation of Tibetan culture as intrinsically linked to the survival of a free and independent Tibet. He was instrumental in founding a number of Tibet organizations around the world devoted to securing Tibet's independence.
Rinpoche remained a fervent advocate for Tibet throughout his life, speaking out for Tibet continuously and forcefully. He was a scholar and a fighter. His passing is mourned by his family, his friends, his colleagues, and his students.
A public visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, from 4 to 6pm at the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple (3655 S. Snoddy Road, Bloomington, Indiana).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Drepung Gomang/Taktser Fund and sent to the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple, 3655 S. Snoddy Road, Bloomington, Indiana 47401, USA. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by U.S. law.