The Benchen Monastery Community is under the spiritual guidance of both His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and the late Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche.
It provides information about the Dharma centers in the East and West which are connected to the Rinpoches. And it provides information about various social welfare projects especially targeted at poor and needy people living in the East.
From Tempa Lama, March 27, 2017
On 21st March at the Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya, India, at 9:30am His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa introduced Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's reincarnation to the world with an introduction ceremony. It was not more than that. Please do not misunderstand this fact. It was not an enthronement nor a hair cutting ceremony. It was simply an introduction of Rinpoche's yangsi (reincarnation). Please don't confuse the differences. There are lots of meanings in the various ceremonies of our tradition.
His Holiness has stated that the hair-cutting ceremony and the enthronement shall only take place after Yangsi Rinpoche is seven years old. The dates of the enthronement and hair-cutting ceremonies will be decided only later by His Holiness and Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. It is not certain when the ceremonies will take place. Until then he is going to spend time with his parents playing with the children in the village openly in a clean and natural environment. In that area there are no motorized vehicles at all besides a helicopter flying by from time to time. The air and the water are very clean. From a materialistic perspective the area is very poor, lacking luxury items like electronics and so forth. The people there, however, are very content living peacefully and harmoniously.
From Tempa Lama March 23, 2017
Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,
As all of you know by now, on the 21 of March, 2017, at 9am Indian time His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa introduced Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi in the Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya. Rinpoche is a four years old boy but from time to time I see him as an old man. It is hard to believe he is that young.
I am very sorry at the moment I am very busy. I will later let you know details about the search and how we found Yangsi Rinpoche and provide you with photos and video clips for you to enjoy.
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche instructed us to wait for His Holiness’ advice to Yangsi Rinpoche how to further proceed from here.
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche could not come to this occasion of His Holiness’ introducing Tenga Rinoche’s Yangsi since he has a schedule in Bhutan that was arranged long time ago. As you all know Bhutan is a remote area and in order to join teachings and initiations elderly people have to be carried on peoples backs and face all kinds of hardships on the way that may take up to three or four days. Therefore Rinpoche has to maintain his schedule. Furthermore, the main ceremony, the enthronement of Yangsi Rinoche, will commence later at another time that is yet to be announced following His Holiness’ forthcoming advice.
Video from Tsurphu Labrang Media available on youtube: 16 Arhats Puja and Recognition of the Tenga Tulku
From Tempa Lama, March 19, 2017
During an audience with His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa on the 2nd March 2017 he told me that Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi's exploration team should come to the Tergar Monastery, Bodgaya, during the nun's winter seminar at the time of the three days of Tseringma puja. During the end of the puja on the third day His Holiness sent a Rumtek Khenpo to ask me to step forward to the throne.
Previously His Holiness had presented the first prediction letter to Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche on the 24th February 2016, the second item of prediction, the first drawing, was given to the exploration team and the second drawing was presented to me last year. Now at this occasion His Holiness gave me the second letter of prediction with a katag.
His Holiness requested that the exploration team should come after the puja to further discuss the details. Then after giving us detailed explanations about the second letter His Holiness told us to go back to Nepal to search for the reincarnation for a third time. Following the prediction letter under the guidance of Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche we are now on the search.
In the meantime, as we all know, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa announced in a Webcast that he will soon introduce Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's reincarnation.
These are the dates for the Summer Seminar 2017 in Benchen Phuntsok Ling in Allmuthen, Belgium.
Like every year the week before the actual teaching period a three-days Drölkar (White Tara) retreat will happen and after the teaching period a three-days Gönkar (White Protector) retreat will take place.
|White Tara Retreat||Wed. 26.07.||to||Fri. 28.07.2017|
|Teaching||Sat. 29.07.||to||Wed. 09.08.2017|
|White Protector||Thu. 10.08.||to||Sat. 12.08.2017|
We hope very much that Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche will travel to Europe in 2017 and visit Benchen Phuntsok Ling.
However, it might be possible that Rinpoche will not be able to join the summer course in Allmuthen.
Therefore Khenpo Nyima – whom many of you know from 2014 – from the Benchen Nangten Thösam Ling Shedra (Institute) in Pharping (Nepal) will teach during the summer course in Allmuthen.
Khenpo Nyima will teach the "The Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination" based on a commentary by Jamgong Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye.
The 12 links of interdependent origination will show how we get into samsaric perception and patterns and how we can free us through understanding these processes through analysis and meditation.
Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will teach a text by the 3. Karmapa Rangjung Dorje called "Distinguishing Consciousness from Wisdom" or commonly known as "Namshe Yeshe Gyepa" in Tibetan.
Herein the 3. Karmapa explains the different non-Buddhist and Buddhist views. Further he shows how the 8 conciousnesses manifest in their deluded (samsaric) way and how they finally express themselves as the 5 primordial wisdoms.
A detailed program along with the registration information will follow in April 2017.
From Tempa Lama, June 24, 2016
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche is going to give the Gyalwa Kangyur Rinpoche Lung at the Rumtek monastery next year. This extraordinary
and very special event is a rare opportunity for anybody fortunate to be able join. It would be great.