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.
On March 5, 2014 a delegation of officials of the Benchen Monastery administration had an audience with H.H. Karmapa in Benares for the purpose of informing His Holiness that both of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's relic stupas, the one in the Tara shrine room of the Benchen Monastery in Kathmandu and the other in Parphing in the Benchen retreat area, are completed.
At the end of the Kagyu Monlam in the late afternoon of the January 16, 2014 H.H. Gyalwang Karmapa has called the Benchen monastery addressing all the monks from Kathmandu and the Pharping Shedra.
H.H. said that Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche made it clear that he will not be reborn in Tibet and that Rinpoche will be reborn close to Rinpoche's root guru. H.H. had a very clear vision that Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche will enter this world soon after the two stupas are completed. Until Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche is reborn you should practice continuously and do all the rituals, that will be the best. H.H. said that "whenever you need my support, please tell me, I am there. Whatever I can I will do to support the monastery." The last that H.H. said was that Rinpoche will be reborn not far which probably means Nepal, Bhutan, or India.
A tentative program for the Chod empowerments ("gcod dbang brgya rtsa") in March 2014
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche has just kindly informed us of the tentative program for the empowerments and oral transmissions in March 2014.
Spring Event 2014 at Benchen Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal
Announcing further transmissions by H.E. Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche:
From March 19 to April 1, 2014, H.E. Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the collection of empowerments known as the "One Hundred Chöd Empowerments" or "gcod dbang brgya rtsa" in Tibetan. The lineage of these empowerments, which are not literally one hundred, goes back all the way to the originator of the Chöd teachings, Machig Labdrön, herself. This transmission was then continued through the lineages of her two sons, Gyalwa Döndrub and Thönyön Samdrub, as well as her main students such as Gangpa Mugsang and others. It has spread through many schools and lineages. In the Karma Kagyü school, this transmission was eventually received by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and has been passed on until the present day.
Until now the dates for the summer course 2014 in Benchen Phuntsok Ling, Allmuthen are not 100% fixed yet. Most probably it will take place from July 26 - August 10.
Like every year the week before a three-days Drölkar (White Tara) retreat will happen and the week after a three-days Gönkar (White Mahakala) retreat will take place.
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.
We will regularly publish the number of already accumulated Mantras.
72,741,653 Mantras are already collected until January 5, 2014. Thank you for joining!