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Benchen Phuntsok Ling is a Buddhist Dharma center of His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Very Venerable Tenga Rinpoche in Europe. It was Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche who chose the name "Benchen Phuntsok Ling" for this place to indicate the close connection to the Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling monastery in Kathmandu.

In a letter to his disciples from 1998 Tenga Rinpoche describes his vision of Benchen Phuntsok Ling:
"… this shall be a place for all of you where you can practice the Dharma, for some weeks, some months or any length of time. It has the goal of creating a permanent location for summer courses …"

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After two years of a complete shutdown due to COVID 19, last year Benchen Phuntsok Ling started to opening again step-by-step for onsite courses. Yet the summer coure 2022 was still online.

Fortunately, this year's summer course will once again take place on-site!

These are the dates for the Summer Seminar 2023 in Benchen Phuntsok Ling in Allmuthen, Belgium.
We are very happy to continue the series of summer courses in Allmuthen!

Like every year the week before the actual teaching period a three-days Drölkar (White Tara) ritual will happen and after the teaching period a three-days Gönkar (White Protector) retreat will take place.

Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche has, therefore, chosen Khenpo Karma Yonten Gyatso and Lama Ngawang Tsultrim to perform the summer course onsite in Allmuthen.

Please note that this year no Zoom meeting will be offered.

 

  • Even in summer, it can be cool in the evening and at night. Things to bring: warm sleeping bag and warm clothes, rain gear, rubber boots, comfortable seat cushions, blankets, and flashlights.

  • Accommodation in BPL in your own tent. It is also possible to bring a recreational vehicle or caravan to be set up in the designated fields. It is required to inform us in advance. Information on private accommodations:
    Eifel Info
    Tourist Info Hellenthal
    Stadtkyll Tourismus

  • Due to hygienic and legal reasons, pets are not allowed in the entire property.

  • Vegetarian Meals will be provided from Tuesday evening, 18 July until Saturday noon, 5 August.

  • Child Care: Only if there are enough registrations by 1 July. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. latest until July 1 and mention the name and age of your children and the exact duration of your stay. We will check if it is possible to organize childcare.

  • Assistance: At the registration, you will be assigned to a job according to your personal capacity. It is much easier for everyone if all the work is assisted by many people. Our low cost heavily depends on this. Furthermore, we are looking for people who are willing to take responsibilities as coordinators during the summer course.

  • Video recordings are only allowed with prior written permission of the Benchen Phuntsok Ling Trust. All publications (text, visual, audio, internet etc.) require the explicit written permission of the Benchen Phuntsok Ling Trust.

  • Parking: Only in the designated parking areas, so that the local farmers have their ways free.

  • Sewage Plant: At Benchen Phuntsok Ling, a modern biological sewage plant is installed. Its bio-organisms are very fragile. There must be no chemicals, camping toilet waste or any similar objects discharged into the waste water system. The resulting damage is approx. 30,000 €.

  • Drug consumption of any kind in the entire property is strictly prohibited.

  • Respect the bedtime from 22:30. No music and no noise, particularly.

  • Don’t forget: Benchen Phuntsok Ling is a meditation center.

We are very happy to inform you that on 18 February at 19:30 CET ven. Benchen Khenpo Karma Woesung will be speaking to us on Zoom.
Khenpo Karma Woesung

Khenpo La is the teacher of Yangsi Tenga Rinpoche.
He is a monk of Benchen Monastery, obtained his Khenpo degree at the Shedra in Rumtek and completed a traditional three-year retreat at the Benchen Retreat Centre in Pharping. He thus combines the qualities of a scholar and practitioner in one person.
At the monastery he is also - together with Chadzo Tashi Öser, Lopön Dendup Taschi and Lama Zopa Gyatso - responsible for the Buddha Maitreya Project.
He will give a first-hand account of Benchen Monastery in Kathmandu, which will be particularly interesting after the long period of not being able to visit Nepal.

In mid-March there will also be the precious opportunity to practise Shine (Shamatha) with him, the teacher Yangsi Tenga Rinpoches, here in Europe Benchen Phuntsok Ling, Allmuthen.

We are very happy to inform you that ven. Benchen Khenpo Karma Woesung will be visiting Europe Benchen Phuntsok Ling, Allmuthen.
Khenpo Karma Woesung

Khenpo La is the teacher of Yangsi Tenga Rinpoche.
He is a monk of Benchen Monastery, obtained his Khenpo degree at the Shedra in Rumtek and completed a traditional three-year retreat at the Benchen Retreat Centre in Pharping. He thus combines the qualities of a scholar and practitioner in one person.

On two weekends in March Khenpa La offered to practice Shine (Shamatha) together with him.

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.