The Purjang of His Holiness the late 68th Je Khenpo, Jetsun Tenzin Dhoendup, was held at the Puna Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang on the 7th of November, 2020, corresponding with the 22nd day of the 9th month in the Iron Male Rat Year of the Bhutanese calendar, coinciding with the Descending Day of Lord Buddha.
The State Funeral was attended by His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and the Royal Family. The Prime Minister, senior government officials, and representatives of international organisations in Bhutan attended the Ceremony to pay their respects. The ceremony was broadcast on BBS, as attendance within the Dzong was limited in light of COVID-19 restrictions.
The funerary rites were performed by His Holiness the Je Khenpo and the Lopens of the Zhung Dratshang.
His Holiness the late Je Thrizur passed away on the 8th of April 2020, corresponding to the 15th day of the second month of the Iron Male Rat Year in the Bhutanese calendar, at the age of 95.
Born in Wangdue Phodrang in 1925, His Holiness Je Thrizur was one of the most learned and prominent Drukpa Kayju Buddhist Masters of our time. Under the command of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Holiness brought about major reforms in the Zhung Dratshang, strengthening and consolidating the institution and instituting the first Buddhist Shedra or Higher Learning Colleges at Tango and Chari in Thimphu.
His Holiness was the Je Khenpo of Bhutan from 1987 to 1990, when he became the patron of Tango and Chari Buddhist Shedra. He received the Order of the Druk Gyalpo in 2008 from His Majesty The King, in recognition of His Holiness’s lifetime of dedication for the propagation of the Buddha dharma and service to the country and Zhung Dratshang.