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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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"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 10  (Good Friday) at 14:30 CEST 
End: 
Monday, 
April 13 
(Easter Monday) 
at noon (no lunch included)
 
The course will end with the Riwo Sangchö ritual (Mountain Smoke Offering).
 

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

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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. We 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,  April 30  at 19:00 CEST 
End:  Sunday,  May 3  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, April 30 at 19:00 CEST!
 

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

Sangtik Dorsem (Tibetan: Dorje Sempa; Sanskrit: Vajrasattva) means "diamond being". He is considered the most important deity for purifying negative karma and restoring broken vows.
The Dorje Sempa practice is one of the main exercises in Tibetan Buddhism as well as part of the Ngöndro, the four basic exercises of Tantric Buddhist practice. The purifying effect refers to body, speech and mind.
The aim is to achieve freedom from suffering by purifying all negative karma. In the course the practice will be done together under the guidance of Lama Ngawang Tsultrim. An initiation into the Dorje Sempa practice is a prerequisite for course participation.

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

Begin:  Thursday,  May 21  (Ascension Day)  at 19:00 CEST 
End: 
Sunday, 
May 24 
 
at noon (no lunch included)
 

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

The Chöd practice originates from the second turning of the Dharma wheel by Buddha Shakyamuni. It was spread in India by Padampa Sangye and in Tibet by Matchig Labdrön. 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 empowerment of the Chöd practice.

Begin:  
Saturday,  
May 30 
 
at 10:00 CEST
End: 
Sunday, 
May 31  
(Pentecost/Pfingsten)  
at noon
 
Please consider the general information on courses and retreats. Here you will find information how to register and also an overview of all courses in Benchen Phuntsok Ling.

Sangye Menla

The Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menla) in Sanskrit is called "Bhaishajyaguru Vaiduryaprabha" which can be translated as "The King of the Lapislazuli Light".
The "healing Buddha" is one of the most revered deities in the Mahayana. His body colour is dark blue like the lapis lazuli stone and symbolizes everything rare and pure. In Tibet the Medicine Buddha is worshipped as the source of all healing knowledge.
Additionally, according to the tradition the four medicine Tantras go back to him. They contain detailed explanations about the causes and treatment possibilities of the most diverse mental and physical illnesses, whereby the basic cause of the illnesses is seen in the mental poisons (Kleshas).

The practice of Medicine Buddha, which we learn and practice in this course, originates in India from the time of Buddha Shakyamuni and belongs to the highest Tantra class (Annuttara Yoga Tantra). One can practice it for oneself as well as for other beings. The prerequisite for participation in this course is an initiation into the practice of the Medicine Buddha.

Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will give explanations of the practice of Sangye Menla and will guide the meditation.

Begin:  Thursday,   June 11  (Corpus Christi)  at 14:30 CEST 
End:  Sunday,  June 14    at noon (no lunch included) 

 

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