喇嘛諾那仁波切於2018年2月19日，在其紐約上州瓦屏九瀑布市(Wappinger Falls)的道場法林寺(Kagyu Thubten Choling)圓寂。在喇嘛諾那仁波切圓寂的前一天(2月18日)，大寶法王噶瑪巴意外造訪法林寺，專程為仁波切傳授不動佛灌頂，圓滿了仁波切長久以來的心願。喇嘛諾那仁波切圓寂後，二眾弟子每日持續為仁波切進行不動佛、阿彌陀佛、紅觀音及金剛薩埵等修法，本週日(4月8日)為49天法會的圓滿日。圓滿日這天，上午修持的是阿彌陀佛廣軌。主佛殿中的主尊為未來佛彌勒佛，佛像右邊的桌上安置喇嘛諾那仁波切的骨灰、法照及供品。大殿北邊多層的長供桌上，則排放著特殊的供品。 下午三點半左右，在隆重的歡迎儀式下，法王噶瑪巴抵達法林寺。進入主殿後，法王首先在佛像前，燃起一盞巨大的酥油燈，然後登上法座。當修法進行至噶瑪巴和法王子的傳承祈請文時，法王法音穿透而出，成為念誦的先導，傳遞噶舉祖師的加持。
This Sunday marked the forty-ninth day after the passing of Lama Norlha Rinpoche on February 19, 2018 at his center in Wappinger Falls. The day before, His Holiness had spontaneously come and bestowed upon him the empowerment of Akshobhya, which he had long wished for. From February 19th up to this forty-ninth day, his students, many of whom are ordained, had performed traditional daily practices for the deceased, which included those of Akshobhya, Amitabha, Red Avalokiteshvara, and Vajrasattva.
During the morning today, disciples gathered in the main shrine hall where the central focus is an impressive statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha. To his right, a small shrine had been arranged for Lama Norlha with beautifully arranged offerings, a photograph, and his ashes. On the north side of the hall was a long, multi-tiered altar lined with special offerings. This morning’s practice was the long one of Amitabha, which centers on purification and prayers for rebirth in Sukhavati.
Shortly after lunch a surprise announcement let it be known that the Karmapa would be coming in the afternoon. In a cavalcade, he arrived around 3:30 and was greeted by colorful brocade banners, music, and a bright yellow umbrella, which accompanied him to the shrine hall. Once inside, the Karmapa stopped to light a large butter lamp before taking his seat on a golden throne in front of the Buddha Maitreya. When the ritual reached the chanting of the lineage of the Karmapa and his spiritual sons, His Holiness’s voice came alive to lead the chanting and bring the blessings of the Kagyu forefathers.
In the future, the Institute plans to build a precious stupa to enshrine Lama Norlha’s ashes and to hold a yearly memorial service on the anniversary of his passing. After the ceremony concluded, the Karmapa walked to the two three-year retreat centers to give his blessing to this eighth group men and women on a traditional Kagyu long retreat. Having stayed with them for quite a while, the Karmapa departed for his residence to the waving of white scarves.