"Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup Rigsel tirelessly offered his service to accomplishing the wishes of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche for almost 40 years at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Lama Lhundrup came to Kopan in 1972 upon the request of Lama Yeshe, who wrote to Lama Lhundrup simply, “I have some monks, can you teach them? If so, please come.” Since then, Lama Lhundrup has touched the lives of thousands of students, taking care of the monks and nuns of Kopan as well as international Dharma students, who traveled to Kopan from places like Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Lama Lhundrup received the title Abbot of Kopan Monastery officially in 2001, although he had unofficially held the position since the time of Lama Yeshe’s death in 1984. Lama Lhundrup stepped down as abbot in July 2011 due to advanced stomach cancer, a diagnosis he received in January 2011.
On September 7, 2011 at 11:10 p.m., after a lifetime of Dharma study, practice and selfless service to countless sentient beings, Lama Lhundrup stopped breathing and passed into clear light meditation. On September 9, 2011, at 5 p.m., Ven. Thubten Kunkyen observed signs that Lama Lhundrup’s consciousness had left his body."