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 a mail of Benchen fund raising committee on July 18, 2015
Benchen Monastery has established a new fund raising committee as mentioned in the recent letter. They like to introduce themself so that people can link names with persons.
Along the committee sent another letter of the engineering consultans concerning the Maitreya bulding on the monastery court yard. The consultans made it very clear that this building is not save anymore and has to be dismantled. The following picture is a detail of that letter (click here for complete pdf version)
Update from Tempa Lama on July 14, 2015
On the morning of the 12th July Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche arrived at the Benchen Monastery in Patang, Tibet. A long time after Rinpoche's last visit, he managed to now visit the monastery again. There were many very happy devotees and it was very crowded as they were welcoming Rinpoche upon his arrival. Especially many older men and women long wished to see Rinpoche before they pass. Rinpoche will stay in the Benchen Monastery, Tibet for a while.
There are some pictures taken on the occasion.
Update from Benchen Committee Members July 7, 2015
Sherab Wangchuck sent youtube video on the occasion
This year the joyous celebration of H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa's birthday took place with H.E Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and all the Benchen monks, who gathered at Banchen Nangten Thoesum Ling Shedra in Pharping. This year H.H. Karmapa's birthday was particularly auspicious as it coincided with the Guru Rinpoche day of the fifth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. The ceremony started with prayers to Shakyamuni Buddha and the puja of The 16 Arhats. H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche then made a mandala offering and the body, speech and mind offering to H.H. Karmapa. Following this the Khenpos, Dorje Lopons, other monks and lay sangha all made khatak offerings to the beautiful photograph of the 17th Karmapa. This was placed in front of the newly consecrated statue of H.H. 16th Karmapa in the Shedra.
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Khenpo Konchok Lhakyab who has recently returned to Benchen Monastery following ten years intensive study at Palpung Shedra for Higher Buddhist Studies. This shedra was established at Sherab Ling Monastery by H.E. Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche in India. H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche presented a certificate acknowledging Khenpo's achievement of his studies in the inner sciences and then everyone present offered khatak. That this occurred on such a favourable day made this a very auspicious occasion
H.H. Karmapa's birthday culminated in the consumption of a delicious birthday cake.
Now Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche arrived in Tibet. Being not able to visit Tibet for many year a lot of responsibilties are waiting for him to be fulfilled. Due to that Rinpoche has to postpone his visit to Europe for two weeks.
We are sorry for any inconvenience regarding your planning.
Update May 23, 2015
From Benchen Monastery Committee
The Committee includes a link to a youtube video done by Sherab Wangchuk showing Benchen Monastery: https://youtu.be/eyiFyrHLFzs
The earthquake in Nepal on April 25th disrupted everyone's life and it will be a long time before it returns to any kind of normalcy. The Benchen monks in Swayambhu responded immediately by setting up tarpaulins on the army parade ground across the road, and ensuring that our community was safe and protected. Our monks started collecting rubbish and waste to help keep the camp clean and tidy, and continued to help over the next ten days, by provided morning and afternoon tea, to more than 1000 local people who had taken shelter in the camp. Benchen Shedra, also delivered prepared food to a village on the other side of Pharping that had been very badly affected by the quake.
Summer Course 2015 in Benchen Phuntsok Ling:
Alltogether from July 22 to August 8, teaching period from Sat. July 25 - Wed. August 5
July 22 to July 24
August 6 to August 8
Wednesday August 5: Guru Yoga and Tsok offering to the Mahasiddha Milarepa
Other than initially planned Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche will not be able to join the summer course. The reason is because Rinpoche has to visit Tibet which has not been possible in the last years and this can only happen during summer time.
Fortunately Rinpoche will visit Benchen Phuntsok Ling from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2015 for three days to give teachings and an empowerment.
The teachings will be translated into German and into English.
To make the organization of the summer course possible it is necessary to register. Please see Registration Summer Course 2015 for more details.
Due to the fact that Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche will visit Tibet this year which is only possible during summer time Rinpoche's European itinerary had to be postponed.
We are very glad that Rinpoche will visit Benchen Phuntsok Ling from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2015.
During this time Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig and will teach Sri Tilopa's "Mahamudra Upadesha". This text contains essential instructions given by the Mahasiddha Tilopa to his disciple Naropa on the banks of the Ganges River.
Finally Rinpoche will consecrate the Stupa in Allmuthen where the relics of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche are enshrined.