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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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waterEven 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.
bedAccommodation 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
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
jobAssistance: 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.
waterSewage 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 €.
drugsDrug consumption of any kind in the entire property is strictly prohibited.
bedtimeRespect the bedtime from 22:30. No music and no noise, particularly.
Don’t forget: Benchen Phuntsok Ling is a meditation center.

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:


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.
Meditation on the four objects of mindfulness means focusing mindfulness on the body, on feelings, on the mind and on mental objects.
For this life and also for future lives it is very important to practise mindfulness. A lot of things go wrong in our lives. This comes from a lack of mindfulness. The distracted mind is an unhappy mind.
Mindfulness can be trained. If we want good health, success at work and just a happy life in general, it is very important to train one's mindfulness.

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.

next morningDuring the night from Sunday to Monday, July 3, the old barn in Allmuthen burned down.

Fortunately, no one was injured and only property damage was caused. The fire department was on duty with several fire trucks, and the fire could be extinguished before it could spread to other buildings.

The cause of the fire is unknown.cleanup work

Cleanup work began shortly thereafter, and all parts of the barn that were in danger of collapsing had to be demolished. Demolition and construction companies were at work with heavy equipment, several containers with metal remains and fire debris were taken away and disposed of. Now the construction vacations in Belgium have begun, and the work can only be resumed afterwards. Tireless helpers from the Sangha are still continuing to clean up the site. Remaining debris has been covered with tarpaulins.

Some areas of the site will now be blocked off. This will also have an impact on the summer course which will start soon, and various restrictions are to be expected.

different lookAll guests of the summer course are urged to respect the barriers! Please keep an eye on the children to make sure they stay away from the blocked off areas.

The view of the landscape in Allmuthen has changed a lot, from the dining room you now have a clear view of the forest on the other side of the valley opposite.

Anyway, we hope that we all will enjoy a nice summer course!