Thubten J. Norbu, the eldest brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, died on Friday, September 5, 2008. He was not only a retired Indiana University professor, but was an ambassador for Tibet and human rights around the world.
Born in 1922 in the small village of Taktser in Amdo province to Choekyong Tsering, later known as Gyayab Chenmo (1899-1947), and mother Dekyi Tsering, later known as Gyalyum Chenmo (1900-1981) Rinpoche was 86.
On Saturday, the Tibetan government in exile shut down its offices as a sign of mourning, said Elliot Sperling, a professor of Central Eurasian Studies and a former student of Norbu’s. The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center began 49 Days of Prayer on Friday.
He is survived by his wife Kunyang Norbu, sons Lhundup Norbu, 46, Kunga Norbu, 45 and Jigme, 42 and their families.
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