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.
At the requests of Benchen Monastery and Eric Colombel/Tsadra Foundation (USA), Kyabje Drupwong Sangye Nyempa Rinpoche has kindly consented to bestow the profound ripening empowerments, liberating instructions, and subsequent reading transmissions of Jamgon Kongtruls Treasure of Pith Instructions in their entirety.
In addition Rinpoche also received the ripening empowerments from Situ Rinpoche.
The transmissions will be held at Benchen Phuntsok Dhargye Ling, Swayambunath, Kathmandu, Nepal.
They will begin on October 8, 2014 and will run for approximately 60 days.
Simultaneous English translation will be provided via FM radio.
Impressions of a special kind
It was the sunny afternoon of Sunday, 8th June 2014 when His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Orgyen Thrinley Dorje grant audience to Benchen worldwide community members. We were a mixed-up colourful bunch of students of Kjabje Tenga Rinpoche who had attended the Berlin Karmapa events. Our meeting with HH took place at the Rigpa Dharma Mati centre of Sogyal Rinpoche.
On the 2nd June 2014 in the afternoon H.H. the 17th Karmapa Karmapa Orgyen Thrinley Dorje visited the Dharma Haus Benchen Tashi Ling in Cologne.
The administrators of the Dharma Haus Martin, Lioba, Tim Tashi and Thea Boldt and the chair of Benchen Phuntsok Ling Carina Krämer-Bleicher and the chair of Lotus Direkthilfe Hanne Pohlmann offered a Mandala and Ku Sung Thug Yönten Thrinlay to His Holiness. During the offering Lama Rinchen, Lama Yönten Palsang and Lama Ngawang performed the chants.
Afterwards His Holiness had yoghurt and chocolate after which he blessed the centre. We all were very happy and fortunate about His Holiness' visit.
On the 30th of May 2014 a group of Benchen representatives had the precious opportunity to have an audience with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Thrinley Dorje at the Kamalashila Institute. After a warm welcome Tempa individually introduced the groups of board members from Benchen Phuntsok Ling Allmuthen, Lotus Direkthilfe, Benchen Karma Kamtzang Poland, Karma Tegsum Tashi Ling Italy and Benchen Tashi Ling Cologne.
During the audience His Holiness Karmapa said that after a long time of trying, he finally was able to visit Europe, but unfortunately this time he couldn't make it to more places. His Holiness expressed his hope and wish that next time he could also visit Benchen centres in Belgium, Poland, Italy and other places. The Karmapa said we all are very fortunate to have had such a great master like Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and that we all should keep on following Rinpoche's instructions.
This year's summer course will be dedicated to the swift rebirth of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and therefore meditation practice will be stressed.
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche has limited his travel activities for 2014 and thus cannot come for the summer course. However he has confirmed that he will come for the summer course in 2015 to Allmuthen.
Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche has emphasized that it is very important to carry on Tenga Rinpoche's projects. Concerning the summer course he said: "You have got two wonderful qualified resident lamas, who were chosen personally by Tenga Rinpoche for a good reason. They are highly capable to conduct this year's summer course." Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche gave the following precise instructions concerning the structure and the teachings of the summer course.
Alongside of individual practice Lama Yönten Palsang will give teachings based on a Shine and Lhagtong practice text by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal called "Clarifying the Natural State" and Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will teach the "Eight Verses for Training the Mind" by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa.
Officially announcing the Damngag Dzo Transmissions in 2014
Due to the inconvenience for participants of having the proceedings of the Damngag Dzo interrupted for the annual Vajrakilaya Drubchen of Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa's Zabdun Phurpa to be conducted, H.E. Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche in his great kindness asked the monastery to bring forward the dates of the Vajrakilaya Drupchen in order to allow the Damngag Dzo participants to receive the uninterrupted series of empowerments.
The new dates for the Vajrakilaya Drubchen of Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa's Zabdun Phurpa are from the afternoon of 25th August to 5th September 2014.
The Damngag Dzo empowerments and oral transmissions will start on the 8th October and continue till the 6th of December 2014.
With greetings and looking forward to seeing you all again,
Benchen Monastery Committee
To enshrine Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's relics we will be building a stupa at Benchen Phuntsok Ling, Allmuthen. It will have the form and the structure of the "Enlightenment Stupa".
H.H. Karmapa sent a personally signed construction drawing to Benchen Monastery in Nepal indicating that this type of stupa should be constructed for Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's relics. This particular drawing of the Enlightenment Stupa is based on instructions by the 15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje, contained in his collected works, the 'Khakyab Dorje Khabum'.
The location for the stupa in Benchen Phuntsok Ling has been decided and Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche will perform all the necessary rituals preceding the actual building process during this year's summer course. (Dimensions of the stupa will follow).
The costs are estimated to be some 35.000 Euro. We aim to begin with the construction this year and ask all of you to support this project financially.
For any contribution please use the bank account here.
Please mention the purpose: Stupa
See also: The Buddhist Stupa
In July of 2011 the Lord of refuge Dorje Chang Tenga Rinpoche asked his disciples to participate in the accumulation of 100,000,000 Tara Mantras to free beings from all fear and obstacles for the years of 2011 and 2012. By now there are 50,000,000 Mantras accumulated.
Even though 2012 has ended to fulfill Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's wishes we invite everybody to join in the recitation of 100,000,000 Mantras with the aspiration to protect all beings from fear and suffering and also for the quick return of Dorje Chang Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and the fulfillment of all his vast aspirations for beings and the Dharma.
You can send your amount of recited Tara Mantras directly to:
We will regularly publish the number of already accumulated Mantras.
80,629,415 Mantras are already collected until March 17, 2014. Thank you for joining!