From Tempa Lama, February 4, 2017
We had a wonderful Gutor Mahakala puja together with Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche in the Shakyamuni Shrine Hall, from 19.–27. January.
Then Rinpoche went on a pilgrimage together with more than fifty Benchen monks to the Maratika Cave, where Guru Rinpoche attained the long-life siddhi, from the 28.–31. January. The cave is about an eight-hour drive to the east of Kathmandu.
Now Rinpoche is staying here for some time in the monastery in Swoyambhu and in Parphing.
I hope you all enjoy the photos with scenes from the pilgrimage.
All our Benchen monks from the main monastery and the shedra have left to Bodhgaya to participate in the Kagyü Mönlam.
There were debates between the monks and nuns of the various Kagyü monasteries. This year our Benchen shedra monks did very well and will receive a very good result which will be announced at the end of the Mönlam when they will obtain medals and certificates.
After the Mönlam there will be a big Mahakala puja from 21.–25. February. On the 25th, the main day, twenty-five monks from our monastery lead by our Dorje Lobpön will perform two types of lama-dances, Zhanag Ngacham, which is very special and Zhingkyong cham. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa specifically appointed the Benchen monastery monks to perform those two lama-dances. We all are very joyous.
Perhaps you can see these dances on a live-stream.
from Tempa Lama, January 5, 2017
Between the 13th and 28th December the eight-hundred-million Vajra Guru mantra recitation that was advised by HH Karmapa XVII for the benefit of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's rebirth was held at the Benchen monastery Swoyambhu, Nepal.
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche has lead the mantra chants from beginning to end. Rinpoche has given teachings every day, Tibetan in the morning and English during the afternoon sessions. The people were continuously reciting and counting the Guru Rinpoche mantra. At the end on the last day more than three times the required number has been accumulated. That went very great.
Throughout the Benchen community provided lunch, tea and bread to everybody every day. There were about 1300–1500 participant each day consisting of monks, nuns and lay people. During the initiations more than 20,000 participants gathered to receive blessings. Please enjoy pictures taken at the time.
Update from Benchen Monastery, January 24, 2017
The Monastery sent links to YouTube videos with the teachings of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. At first there will be Tibetan subtiteled versions available, English version will be publised a little bit later.
On this website you will be informed as soon as they are available. All teachings that Rinpoche will give on the occasion of the Vajra Guru Recitation will be uploaded to YouTube in Tibetan and English.
So, please check out frequently
Links to Tibetan versions Chod Puja Links to English version
Some impressions from Vajra Guru recitation, December 14, 2016
From Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling Monstery, December 2, 2016
The monastery published the program of the Vajra Guru recitation in December. Please click to enlarge.
And some more impressions from current the Kilaya Drubchen in Pharping.