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.
As the pictures of the horrible earthquake in Nepal are going around the world we want you to share the information available concerning the monastery Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling. Information is difficult to get since a lot of the infrastructure was destroyed. There is hardly any electricity so telephoning or e-mailing to and from Nepal is very difficult.
The good news first:
There is nobody hurt or dead in the monastery. Our monks left the building and are camping on the military area at the other side of the road.
The buildings of the monastery withheld the earthquake and are not destroyed, but there is some damage. The extend of the damage cannot yet be determined and needs to be examined thoroughly later.
There have been aftershocks this morning Sunday, April 26, 2015 scaled at 5.6 and the buildings withheld that too. Since further aftershocks cannot be excluded, the monks cannot return to the monastery yet. How long the situation will last nobody can tell. Until then normal life in the monastery will be suspended.
A big problem for our monks is the supply with water and food. Everybody has to care for himself if he can. Regular distribution of food could not be organized yet. In the meantime prices for water and food are increasing, most shops are closed and part of the streets cannot be used any more.
As soon as we have more information we will publish them here.
Update April 27, 2015
Drubwang Sanggye Nyenpa Rinpoche is in Bhutan and very fine. Rinpoche sent a message to the Benchen community along with his prayers. All of us should help whomever is in need in whichever way we can (on the picture you can see Tashi Özer and other monks listenig to the message).
Here after the earthquake on Saturday there is a lot of damage to buildings in the Benchen Monastery and neighborhood but nobody is badly injured and it is very safe. The monastery has been badly damaged as you can see on the pictures. In the meantime there are still many small tremors. There was a big aftershock on Sunday afternoon but everybody is staying on the ground safely and nobody got hurt.
We here at the monastery try to help as much as we can to provide food and medicals for everybody. Of course it is difficult even for ourselves as there is a growing shortage of food, water and other necessities. If anybody would like to help us, kindly contact Lotus Direkthilfe. Thank you very much for your support.
Namaste, Tempa and Tashi
The following pictures are showing the amount of damage of the monastery (please click on the pictures):
Lotus Direkthilfe e.V. will collect donations for the monastery. With this money the most urgent needs like water, food and medicine should be covered first. Then the monastery is in need for help to reconstruct the buildings. The whole extent of the required rebuilding is not visible yet.
We request all sponsors to mention the purpose "earthquake" on their bank transfer.
Please use the following account:
Lotus Direkthilfe e.V., D-50825 Cologne, Germany
Bank Name: Commerzbank Köln
IBAN: DE74 3704 0044 0510 4880 00 (IBAN: International Bank Account Number)
The practice of Shine (Sanskrit Shamatha) is the supreme method to achieve true peace and happiness. The quality of our human life not only depends on external development or material progress but also on the inner development of peace and happiness. For that Shine is the foundation. "Shi" means peace or peaceful, "ne" means abiding. If we practice Shine gradually with diligence and patience our distracting thoughts will eventually subside and we will experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation which in turn will enable us to gain penetrative insight (Lhagtong, Sanskrit Vipashyana). This will benefit ourselves and others.
Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will give explanations and guide the practice. Prayers will be performed for the people of Nepal suffering from the horrible earthquake.
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.