With great sadness I have to inform you that my great mentor and teacher Thargey-la has passed away on a Sunday midnight – 5th January 2014. The grand puja is entering the fourth week this sunday. Please remember him in your prayers and meditation and thank him for the incredible kindness he shown us for nearly forty years.

We all benefitted from his presence and teaching during his life time. His passing was very smooth and peaceful which proves how kind he was.

I will be in Nepal from the 18th of February to the 4th of March to attend the end of the Grand Puja and pay my personal respects to his legacy and family.

I would be grateful if you could recite The King of Prayers and a mala of Om Mani Padme Hung in his honour on the 22nd of February when the Grand Puja will come to its end.

Yours in the Dharma, Andy Weber.

From Buddhist Art News

Thargey-la was a thangka painter who lived among the Tibetan exile community in Kathmandu and will be remembered as an important link in passing thangka techniques to the west.

Perhaps his most well-known student is Andy Weber, whose thangkas have illustrated hundreds of books, magazines, and calendars, and who has also passed on his skills to a new generation of western thangka artists such as Carmen Mensink, who has written about Thargey-la’s passing on her website.

[Source: http://buddhistartnews.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/passing-of-master-thangka-painter-thargey-la/]