Benchen Nangten Thösam Ling Shedra in Pharping, Nepal
A welcoming ceremony was held on 19 February 2007 for the 38 students who entered the college. Although a big event was not planned because this was not the actual inaugural ceremony, it somehow became a well-organized celebration and the shrine hall was filled with participants.
Three days before the ceremony, Tenga Rinpoche led special pujas to dispel obstacles and for the success of the studies. During the ceremony, V.V. Tenga Rinpoche made body, speech and mind offerings to H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche for his long life and for him to turn the wheel of Dharma for all sentient beings. Tenga Rinpoche gave Manjushri statues to all of the students of the shedra with great wishing prayers for the success of their dharma studies so that they would be able to help all sentient beings. The statues were filled with mantras, especially the collection of Manjushri pills that were blessed with hundreds of thousands of mantras. The students received these statues with great joy.
Rinpoche emphasized how important it is to have a shedra in order to provide a scholastic forum for the teachings of Buddha Dharma. He urged all the students to apply themselves diligently so that through their understanding they would be able to help themselves as well as others in the future.