News from Benchen Monastery (June 1, 2012)

You all know that we opened the the phur khang (cremation stupa). Now there is the breaking news: this afternoon Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's shabjis discretely went through the relics with great care because when we visit H.H. Karmapa we are required to explain all the details. For these reasons we reinspected the relics. You all know that Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche left his skull cup in which we haven't found any letters or relic pills up until now. Then we looked through the remaining bones one by one, so far we could not find any syllables that appeared or see any relic pills till now. We heard that it can happen that the relic pills grow later on.

Then there was left what appeared to be a leg bone joined with something burned and black, quite big. Slowly we cleaned away the burned black coating. Then slowly underneath this coating we discovered the whole of Rinpoche's spine. The hip bone completely burned away. On the spine in the neck area attached is the heart, lungs, liver, tongue and the lower part looks like the kidney. We could not find the eyes. All was attached together and became one pice while all the details clearly show.
When great masters pass away and leave these organs usually the eyes are included but we could not identify them. This relic Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche left is very precious and will be placed in the stupa that is going to be in the Tara shrine. This is really amazing and very rare.
So, that's all for now.

Namaste, Tempa

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