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.
Send by Tempa Lama on August 23, 2015
Drubwang Sangye Nyienpa Rinpoche’s visit to Tibet is completed. Rinpoche arrived in Hong Kong, now he is on the way to Europe. Everything is very fine.
Here are some recent pictures from Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling.
The pictures show the repairs of the Shakyamuni shrine hall. On top is Karmapa’s room which is used throughout the restoration process. The monks are doing their Summer Retreat (Yarne) practices in Karmapa’s room on top of the Shakyamuni shrine hall.
The next picture show the repairs of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche’s old house and the progress at the Maitreya hall. Overall the restoration of the damaged buildings is going well.
Due to the fact that Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche is visiting 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 end of October 2015.
Sunday Nov. 1 at 2:30 PM: Empowerment
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.
Please register as soon as possible, latest before October 1, 2015!
Please observe the general information on courses and retreats.
This is the latest itinerary of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche (last updated July 10, 2015).
|08-Oct-15||to||11-Oct-15||Benchen Karma Tegsum Tashi Ling||Verona, Italy|
|13-Oct-15||to||26-Oct-15||Dag Shang Kagyu||Graus, Spain|
|13-Nov-15||to||15-Nov-15||Kamalashila Institut||Langenfeld, Germany|
|19-Nov-15||to||22-Nov-15||Kamalashila Institut||Langenfeld, Germany|
|24-Nov-15||to||28-Nov-15||Karma Tekchen Yi Ong Ling||Hallscheid, Germany|
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.
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.
This letter (click here for pdf version) was sent from Benchen Monastery Committee on July 6, 2015
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.
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.