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.
New photos send by Tempa Lama September 24, 2015
Those photos are taken during the Kagyü Mönlam in the Benchen Karma Kamtsang Buddhist Centre, Grabnik, Poland.
News from Monika Wakefield on September 16th, 2015
In April this year Pharping was fortunately not as badly shaken by the earthquake than other areas in Nepal. A few houses in the village were damaged though all buildings connected to Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling are fine. As reported earlier during the earthquake the small monks were shifted to Pharping in order to continue school and monastic education.
So let us have some impression how the lamas are doing and about situations in Pharping in August 2015.
We start at the beautiful stupa in memorial of late Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche. In the monsoon season the stupa is kept open during the day in order to get enough airing. The garden of the compound is also attentively maintained and it looks proper and welcoming.
The next photo is taken inside the stupa, you can see a nice wall painting of the 21 Taras.
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Now we turn to the Benchen Nunnery building site. The ground floor is equipped with windows and doors already. Therefore the rooms could be turned into class rooms for the time being.
Send by Tempa Lama on September 4th, 2015
On the 29th August the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Orgyen Thrinley Dorje kindly gave the opportunity for a private audience to the Benchen Sangha at 12:45am in Bonn, Germany. The audience had 186 participants.
First Gyalwang Karmapa told everyone to have a seat. His Holiness, then said: "Oh, so many of you came this time" and mentioned that he is happy because he sees harmony in the Benchen sangha. Next, His Holiness spoke about Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and how he did not only have a dharmic guru-disciple relationship but that he strongly felt a human connection towards Rinpoche with love and care.
Then His Holiness said that last year he almost made an announcement regarding Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's rebirth. However, he did not make it because it was not the right moment. We all should not worry, we will meet him soon.
On the 30th His Holiness publicly said that he has a great hope and prayer that we will soon meet with the reincarnation of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche.
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 September 6, 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||26-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.