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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!
Phone +49 221-602072 after 7.00 PM
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.

Weekend rate/no course:
(including meals and accommodation) per day: 25 €
Longterm retreats (according to arrangement): 15 €

Retreats:
For your retreat practice it requires absolutely prior consultation with Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche.
During your retreat Lama Yönten Palsang and Lama Ngawang Tsültrim will assist you in your practice.

Daily Programm:

7.30 AM: Green Tara practice
5.00 PM: Daily Mahakala practice
8.00 PM: Chenrezig Puja / Chöd (Milam Lungten)

offeringFor many years it has been a tradition that between Christmas and New Year in Benchen Phuntsok Ling the medium-long ritual of Mahakala Dorje Bernagchen is performed to remove obstacles for the coming year.
This is generally done in all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Nyingma, Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu). For Vajrayana practitioners, as long as one has not attained enlightenment, it is essential to invoke the protection of lamas, yidams, and protectors to remove obstacles on the path to enlightenment.
Mahakala belongs to the protective deities (Skrt. Dharmapalas, Tibet. Chökyong) that protect the lineage as well as provide protection and help to practitioners. In Tibet, the "five great Mahakalas" are the best known. One of them is Dorje Bernagchen ("Protector with the black coat"). He is the protector of the Karmapas and the Karma Kagyu lineage.

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According to the wishes of our venerable teacher Tenga Rinpoche, Lama Ngawang Tsultrim teaches the traditional pujas (tantric ceremonies) and the associated rituals in these workshops. Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche himself was a Vajra master, which means that he was fully master of all tantric rituals and authorized to pass them on.

Just as the rituals once came from India to Tibet and were learned by the Tibetans, today it is necessary to continue the transfer of the linage to the West.

The goal is for the Western Sangha members to be able to perform the traditional pujas independently. It is planned to learn one puja completely every year. Last year the Mahakala puja and this year the Bardo puja have already been successfully mastered to the joy of our teachers.

For the upcoming year, Lama Ngawang Tsultrim has chosen the Milarepa-Tsok-Puja for us to learn.

The next exercise weekends will take place on the following dates (start always Friday at 19:00 CET and end Sunday 12:00 CET):

30. Nov. - 02. Dec. 2018 (cancelled, too few registrations)
18. - 20. Jan. 2019
20. - 23. Jun. 2019

Everyone is welcome to participate. No prerequisites are required. Texts and instruments are provided by the Centre. For planning purposes, please register in advance.

Please observe the general information on courses and retreats. Here you will also find an overview of all courses in Benchen Phuntsok Ling.

In 2019 Losar, the Tibetan New Year, will be celebrated Tuesday Februar 5. It is the start of the female earth pig year.

The days before a lot of prayers, wishes and meditations will be performed in Benchen Phuntosk Ling.

Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will give explanations and will guide the meditation.

Begin:  Saturday,  Feb. 2   at 10:00 CET 
End: 
Monday, 
Feb. 4 
  
at 16:00 CET
 

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Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will give explanations and will guide the ritual of Karma Pakshi, the 2. Karmapa.

Begin:  Friday,  Mar. 1   at 19:00 CET 
End: 
Monday, 
Mar. 4 
 Carnival Monday 
at 16:00 CET
 

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"Tara" (tibet. Dölma) means "liberator". There are many different emanations of Tara. The best known manifestations are the White and the Green Tara. The different emanations indicate that the Tara shows herself in various forms depending on the situation and requirements and carries out various healing activities accordingly.
Since she leads countless beings to enlightenment in this way, she is also called "Mother of all Buddhas". The White Tara practice that we are going to perform here aims to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. Until we have attained enlightenment, it also helps against fear and serves to prolong life and remove obstacles for oneself and others.

The prerequisite for participation in this course is an initiation into the practice of White Tara.

Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will give explanations on the practice of White Tara (Drölkar) and will guide the meditation.

Begin:  Friday,  April 19    at 14:30 CEST 
End: 
Monday, 
April 22 
(Easter Monday) 
at noon (no lunch included)
 
The course will end with the Riwo Sangchö ritual (Mountain Smoke Offering).
 

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Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will give explanations and will guide the ritual of Sangtik Dorsem.

100 prostrations and 100 offerings of butter lamps will be performed.

Begin:  Friday,  May 3    at 19:00 CET 
End: 
Sunday, 
May 5 
 
at noon (no lunch included)
 

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For many years it has been a common practice in Benchen Phuntsok Ling to practice Nyung Neh. The Nyung Neh practice is very effective in purifying negative karma, accumulating merit and opening the heart to compassion.
This practice was brought to Tibet by the Indian nun Gelongma Palmo. Gelongma Palmo herself was seriously ill and in this state she had a vision of Chenresig, who gave her the long mantra of the Thousand-armed Chenresig as a healing spring. Thus Gelongma Palmo became healthy again and a yogini who later attained enlightenment.
The Nyungne Retreat is a special two-day meditation of the Thousand-armed Chenresig that belongs to the Kriya Tantra. It is said that through the practice of Nyungnes the gate to rebirth in low realms of existence is closed forever. The completion of eight Nyungnes will, according to tradition, lead to a rebirth in Dewachen.

In this course Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will first give detailed teachings on practice including visualization. He will then take the eight vows that are to be held during Nyung Neh from the participants and guide them step by step through the meditation practice. The retreat includes days of silence as well as days of fasting during which people neither eat nor drink.
Before participating in the Nyung Neh Retreat, it should be medically checked on one's own responsibility, whether the health requirements for participation are fulfilled. In addition, the prerequisite for participation is the empowerment of the Thousand-armed Chenresig.

Begin:  Thursday,  May 30 (Ascension Day)  at 19:00 CEST 
End:  Sunday,  June 2 at  8:00 CEST 
A Riwo Sangchö Ritual ritual will be performed at the end of the retreat.
 
Important: You will have to arrive already Thursday, May 30 at 19:00 CEST!
 

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The Chöd practice originates from the second turning of the Dharma wheel by Buddha Shakyamuni. It was spread in India by Padampasangye and in Tibet by Matchig Labtrön. It is a powerful meditation practice to "cut through" or overcome the grasping for material things, the mental poisons (Kléshas), and above all the grasping for a self (Chöd).
Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will give background information about this ritual of "cutting through" as well as guide the practice step by step with visualization, melody and instruments (bell and Chöd drum). The short Chöd text "Milam Lungten" by Karma Chagme will be used as a basis.

Prerequisite for participation in this course is an initiation into the Chöd practice.

Begin:  
Saturday,  
June 8 
 
at 10:00 CEST
End: 
Sunday, 
June 9  
(Pentecost/Pfingsten)  
at noon
 
Please consider the general information on courses and retreats. Here you will also find an overview of all courses in Benchen Phuntsok Ling.