Life in the Monastery after the earthquakes


A message from the monastery:

“Tashi Delek! Drubwang Sanggye Nyenpa Rinpoche is in Bhutan and very fine. Rinpoche sent a message to the Benchen community along with his prayers. All of us should help whomever is in need in whichever way we can (on the picture you can see Tashi Özer and other monks listenig to the message).
Here after the earthquake on Saturday there is a lot of damage to buildings in the Benchen Monastery and neighborhood but nobody is badly injured and it is very safe. The monastery has been badly damaged as you can see on the pictures. In the meantime there are still many small tremors. There was a big aftershock on Sunday afternoon but everybody is staying on the ground safely and nobody got hurt.

We here at the monastery try to help as much as we can to provide food and medicals for everybody. Of course it is difficult even for ourselves as there is a growing shortage of food, water and other necessities. If anybody would like to help us, kindly contact Lotus Direkthilfe. Thank you very much for your support.


Tempa and Tashi”

As you can see there is structural damage in the monastery. The monks are sleeping outside in provisional tents. There is neither electricity and not enough water. Despite that our monks are serving free hot tea to thousands of the local community and are helping wherever they can.

Please lend your support by sending a donation with the reference “Erdbeben”!

Banking details:

account name: Lotus Direkthilfe

account no: 5104880

Commerzbank Köln

IBAN: DE74 3704 0044 0510 4880 00


Thank you for your generosity !


Photos by Tashi Sautter

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Last preparations for Gutor at Benchen monastery Kathmandu

Under the guidance of H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche the Benchen monks in Kathmandu are preparing for the yearly Mahakala dances that are traditionally performed at the end of Tibetan Year. From February 8th till the New Year’s celebrations on February 18th the rituals will take place with the intention to destroy all the obstacles acumulated during the whole year and bring about peace and happiness in the new year to all the beings around the world.

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Photos by Tashi Oser of Benchen monastery.

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Opening of the Phur Khang

On May 23rd 2012 the precious Kudung of the Lord of Refuge Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche has been ceremonially cremated at Benchen Phuntsok Darjeling monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. This short video material shows the opening of the Phur Khang (cremation stupa) on May 31st in search for Rinpoche’s precious remains.

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Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche’s cremation ceremony

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Kalachakra Sadhana at Benchen Phuntsok Darjeling monastery May 13 – 22, 2012

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Visit of the nuns from Panshing monastery

Since the foundation of Benchen Phuntsok Darjeling monastery in Kathmandu in 1984/85 Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche used to invite the nuns from the Panshing monastery (Gelugpa lineage) once a year to perform a Tara ritual. The nuns also came regularly to pay respect to Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche on different occasions, like Losar etc.

Today, on this auspicious Dakini day, the nuns from Panshing monastery visited Benchen Phuntsok Darjeling again performing White Tara and Naljorma rituals for the long life of Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and swift rebirth of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche respectively. It was a joyous and powerful event clearing away the obstacles and bringing the benefit to all the beings.

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Kalacakra sand mandala

From May 10th until May 12th the sand mandala of the Kalachakra deity has been created by the lamas of Benchen Phuntsok Darjeling monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. This short video material documents briefly the process of mandala making – three days in three minutes. Many thanks to lama Karma Tsultrim Jungne, lama Sonam Wangda, lama Karma Döndrub, lama Gyurme Phuntsok, Lama Söpa Gyatso, lama Tempa Yeshe, lama Tsultrim Tendar and all the other lamas involved.

Best wishes and Tashi Deleks

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