The smell of incense fills the air and the sound of chanting mantras break the silence during Tuesday night’s prayer service for the late Jigme Norbu.
The monks spoke the Heart Sutra, an ancient appeal for enlightenment, but friends offered their own prayers. Mary Pattinson worked with Norbu and knew him personally.
“A knowledge of this, a true realization of this can take you beyond the bonds of sorrow and allow you to be liberated from suffering. So this is our wish for Jigme,” Pattinson said.
Norbu was struck and killed by a car in Florida Monday night while participating in a walk promoting Tibetan Independence. Norbu’s friends and admirers hope his legacy lives on. Sandy Bleth, a staff member at the TMBCC, believes many people will be eager to continue Norbu’s work.
“I think there are a lot of people that would like to follow in his footsteps and continue his legacy of striving for a free Tibet,” Bleth said.
Jigme Norbu had planned to walk more than 300 miles from St. Augustine to West Palm Springs before his journey was cut short.