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:
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)
Update May 1, 2015
These pictures show the distribution of food by the monks. The monks of Benchen monastery in Kathmandu distribute foodstuffs such as rice. The monks from the Shedra in Pharping distribute cooked meals.
On these pictures you can see Lama Akela and other Benchen monks from Pharping on their daily tours, distributing water with the Benchen water truck at various places. The truck has gone to places such as Dachinkali, Kalimati, Teku, Boudha, Pachdara and others.
These pictures show groups of Benchen monks who go out every day to help searching and digging for buried people at many sites of collapsed buildings all over the city.
Dr. Tsering of the Benchen Free Clinic now is supported in his work from some monks. Every day they go to different places supplying medical aid where needed. They went to places such as Sanku, Dabcha near Namobuddha, Kokhana and more places, dressing wounds, giving out painkillers, antibiotics, medicine for diarrhea, and so forth - whatever is required. So far the stock of medicine has not run out but it is difficult to obtain more.
Tempa and Florian-Tashi
Update April 29, 2015
On the 28th April the Benchen water truck went to Dachinkali, Kalimati, Teku, Boudha, and Pachdara in order to aid the shortage of water there. The monks went to various places in coordination with the Buddhist Committee.Dr. Tsering along with a group of monks went to Sanku to aid the very bad conditions there.
Today on the 29th the water truck went to other places, many groups of monks were offering their help where needed and Dr. Tsering again went to Sanku. The monastery has difficulties obtaining new food-stock for the monks, which is slowly is running out. However, we can manage to offer tea to the people in the military camp nearby every morning and afternoon. There are some pictures of the monks brining a huge pot of tea to the camp which is filled in smaller pots and distributed among the people.
Namaste, Tempa and Florian-Tashi
In order to clarify negative karma and obstacles the practice of Dorje Sempa (Sang Thik Dorsem) will be performed.
Please consider the general information on courses and retreats.
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.