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General information for courses and retreats in Benchen Phuntsok Ling:
Please bring your own sleeping bag, a blanket and warm clothing.
It is absolutely necessary to register in advance!
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Accomodation is limited!

Fees:
During courses with our Resident Lamas (including meals and accommodation) per day: 35 €
A nice course fee like this is only possibe when everybody joins a small assistance job during the course. Please help to clean the tables after meals, vacuum clean, ...
 
Registration:
In order to be able to make all arrangements for the course, a prior binding registration is absolutely necessary. You can cancel your registration free of charge up to two weeks before the start of the course. In case of later cancellation, a processing fee of 25 € will be charged.
 
Retreats:
For your retreat practice it requires absolutely prior consultation with Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche.
During your retreat Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will assist you in your practice.

Daily Programm:

7:30 CET/CEST: Green Tara practice
17:00 CET/CEST: Daily Mahakala practice
20:00 CET/CEST: Chenrezig Puja / Chöd (Milam Lungten)

We are very happy to inform you that on 18 February at 19:30 CET ven. 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.
This will be possible on two weekends in March, 17-19 March and 24-26 March.
We will give details in another newsletter in a few days.
We are very happy that we can make our annual programme richer with these wonderful events.

The session will be conducted as a Zoom meeting (about 90 minutes).

Further details will be published in the BPL Newsletter

Buddha

After three years the Losar Mönlam 2023 will finally happen again on-site in Allmuthen, Belgium.

No Zoom Meeting.

Following the advice of our venerable teacher Tenga Rinpoche, we will again celebrate the prayer festival Mönlam (tib.: "smon lam") this year for the Tibetan New Year (Losar). Losar this year falls on February 21 and ushers in the year 2150, the female Water Rabbit Year.

"Mönlam" means aspiration prayer. Tibetan Buddhists - monks, nuns and lay people - from around the world will gather at Losar to perform wishing prayers for the benefit of all living beings. Aspiration prayers have a very important meaning as they lay the foundation for our future. All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have said countless wishful prayers.

Buddha himself said:

All four retreats in 2022 have been very positive and have taken place in a nice and harmonious way.

Important: General Information about the Retreats in Allmuthen by Lama Ngawang Tsultrim

2023 the following retreats will be offered in Europe Benchen Phuntsok Ling:

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14 days of individual retreat
During the sessions everyone does their own practice, everything else is done in the group as in the other retreats.
14 days of White Tara practice
The short text of Tenga Rinpoche will be used. We will focus mainly on the creation and completion phases.
Prerequisite: Tara empowerment.
14 days "Four Objects of Mindfulness"
Anyone can participate, including people who have not taken refuge.
14 days of Gönkar Practice
Prerequisite: Gönkar empowerment.
A 16-day Nyungne
A set of 8 Nyungne in a row.
Prerequisite: Chenrezig empowerment.

Advice by Lama Ngawang Tsultrim as given in his letter from 2022.

"Dear Sangha,

 
mila2In the very beginning, on November 8, 1998, when Tenga Rinpoche decided to establish Benchen Phuntsok Ling, he wrote to his students:  The intention or goal of buying a center is that everyone who has time can do retreat there for a few weeks or months, and that it will be a permanent place for summer courses in the summer. In the further future, courses on general Buddhist teachings and personal practice are planned, which will include the gradual path of the four preliminary practices, the practice of the creation and completion stages of the yidam (Kyerim/Dzogrim), the six yogas of Naropa, and the path of Mahamudra.
By practicing Dharma there, it will be a place of extraordinary benefit to oneself and others.

These were his words, which he shared with all his students in a letter before he left for Nepal.
And at the beginning of the 2020 Summer Course, in the advice that H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche gave us via WhatsApp, he said very clearly that we were very fortunate to have been in the Dharma for many years and to have received many precious teachings and initiations from high teachers. We had read so many Dharma books - but without practice we cannot attain liberation and so now was really the time to practice, do retreat and gain experience as much as possible.

Thus, both of our Rinpoches have given the advice and instruction that we should do retreat as much as possible.