sábado, 31 de marzo de 2012


kyabje Tenga Rinpoche

[The Precious Kudung - Photo taken by Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's personal attendant Karma Sherab Wangchuk, Kathmandu, 2012]

As you know, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche had been admitted to hospital on the evening of 26 March. On the 28th, at 5:30 p.m. Rinpoche expressly stated his wish to return to the monastery. The doctors advised him strongly not to do so, owing to the lack of facilities there, and telling Rinpoche quite frankly that they could not guarantee for anything should he choose to leave anyway. However, Rinpoche stood by his decision, which was also confirmed by H.H. the Karmapa's advice shortly thereafter. An ambulance was readied and Rinpoche arrived in the monastery at around 7:00 p.m.

Previously, while in the hospital, Rinpoche's situation was quite unbearable. He was in great discomfort and had to be turned every minute. Also, while in the clinic, he could not sleep for even one minute. This situation persisted for a while once he was back home in the monastery until, at 9:30 p.m., he asked Tashi Özer and Sherab Wangchuk to tell everyone to please leave. At around 10:00 p.m. Rinpoche asked specifically for eight persons to be asked to come. They were Tenpa Yarpel, Sherab Wangchuk, Jinpa Lodrö, Tashi Özer, Karma, Lama Geleg, Lama Tsöndrü and Söpa Chöpel. When they went in they found Rinpoche sleeping peacefully and they stayed quietly in his presence until midnight.

When Rinpoche awoke shortly after midnight, Sherab Wangchuk informed him that all those requested were present. Rinpoche was then helped to sit up and began to speak his last will. He requested several times that his words be recorded so that there may be no mistake later on. Among Rinpoche's wishes was that some gold objects that had recently been offered to him, be placed inside the large Maitreya statue in the main temple as well as in the golden finial on top of the temple rooves. This has already been done.

It was not immediately apparent, but after a while it was noticed that Rinpoche didn't require any moving anymore. He instead sat up very straight and still and did not seem like a sick person any longer. While Rinpoche had previously been feeling very nauseous, all of that was gone and he seemed to be in no more discomfort. Occasionally he would ask for a sip of water or juice.

After a little while Tenpa Yarpel was called again and Rinpoche made it very clear that he wished his body to be cremated. Being even more specific, Rinpoche directed that the four fire rituals for the cremation should be conducted by our lamas and monks of Benchen monastery, by Tsike Chokling Rinpoche, by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and by Tulku Yönten of Thrangu monastery and their respective monks.

Again, a little later Sherab Wangchuk was called and directed to extend Rinpoche's best wishes and aspirations to all of his students in Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia, and especially to Mrs. How Yok Bee, Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Nora Rohde-Kvaede and to Mr. Tim Tashi Boldt and family.

Yet again a little later Tenpa Yarpel was called. Rinpoche expressly stated that it was his wish that Tenpa Yarpel will be given the rank of Senior Treasurer, while Tashi Özer will be Junior Treasurer of Benchen Monastery. This was put in writing and will be adhered to.

By now the night had worn on and it was the early hours of 29 March. At 3:00 a.m. Rinpoche called for his niece Karmo. After that Tenpa Yarpel was called again and asked by Rinpoche to ask Sangyum Dechen, the wife of Tsike Chokling Rinpoche, to be invited for the next morning. Rinpoche stressed again how he wanted his best wishes to be sent to everyone. At 6:00 a.m. H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche came and stayed with Tenga Rinpoche until shortly before 9:00 at which time Sangyum Dechen arrived. Rinpoche took note of her arrival but said nothing. At around 9:30 a.m. she asked Rinpoche's permission to leave and was excused.

After that Tashi Özer asked Rinpoche how and when one should begin to look for Rinpoche's next incarnation. Tenga Rinpoche was very explicit about it saying "Ask H.H. the Karmapa! His advice will be very clear."

For more than 28 hours Rinpoche had been sitting up very straight and still and for much of that time he seemed to be in deep meditation. At night Tenpa Yarpel was called again into Rinpoche's presence and asked to record his words. It was Tenga Rinpoche's request to Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche to continuously take care that all the traditional rituals of Benchen Monastery, the dances and pujas etc., will be continued uninterruptedly in the future. Tenpa Yarpel then requested Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche to please return very quickly, to which Rinpoche smiled and nodded his head.

Around 1:00 a.m. Tenga Rinpoche mentioned that he had clearly seen his teachers, the previous 11th Tai Situ Pema Wangchok Gyalpo, the previous Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, the previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the 2nd Jamgön Kongtrul Palden Khentse Özer before himself. Then, in the early hours of 30 March, at 3:24 a.m. local time to be exact, he finally passed on. H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche had visited several more times before that.

This day, which is the eighth day of the second Tibetan month, is a day sacred to the Saviouress Tara. When the moment had finally come, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche offered the words of the "Clarifying the Thugdam-state" and spoke them directly into Tenga Rinpoche's ear. Accordingly Tenga Rinpoche adjusted his posture slightly, placed his hands in the meditation gesture, and has since entered into the deep meditation that is known as "Thugdam", a meditative state that great realized masters can enter into after their bodies have expired. Right after that Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche led the recitation of prayers to the Three Jewels and especially the "Calling the Lama from Afar" by Jamgön Kongtrul.

Since then the precious advice of H.H. the Karmapa has been received to keep Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's surroundings very quiet and to allow no visits to the Kudung, the precious remains, for the duration of three days. We will proceed accordingly. Upon Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's express wish to be cremated and the advice of H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, the date for the cremation has been set for May 18, 2012.

For the next few days, while Rinpoche is in the Thugdam state, H.H. the Karmapa has advised to practice the "Four Sessions Guru Yoga" and "Calling the Lama from Afar" by Jamgön Kongtrul.

With best wishes,

The Benchen Monastery Committee


A Brief Supplication for the Swift Rebirth of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche

[Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche - Photo taken by Edward Henning, Darjeeling 1976]


Surpreme emanation Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche,
although you have merged your intention into one with dharmadathu,
for the sake of the doctrine and beings, in general and in particular,
may the moon-like face of your emanation rise again soon!

Composed by Sangye Nyenpa

This supplication was composed by H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche in the early hours of 30th March 2012, in the presence of the precious remains of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche. Immediatedly translated by Sherab Drime (Thomas Roth).



viernes, 30 de marzo de 2012

1001 Karmapa Chenno... Recitation

Venerable Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche ha entrado en Parinirvana

Queridos amigos en el Dharma, Hermanas y Hermanos, Vajra la mañana de hoy a las 03:24 am, hora de Nepal (justo antes de las 12:00 h CET) nuestro Sol del Dharma, encarnación de refugio y de todas las calidades de los Bodhisattvas, Venerable Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche ha entrado en Parinirvana. Rinpoche actualmente está descansando en la meditación de la muerte después de la llamada Thugdam.

Su Santidad Karmapa Ogyen Trinlé Dorje nos dijo hace unos años: "Si usted sigue sus Lama enseñanzas, nunca se separó de él está con su Lama siempre y en todas partes, y le acompaña en cada momento y en cualquier lugar, incluso. si los dos están en los lados opuestos del mundo. Sin embargo, si usted no vive según las enseñanzas de Lama, que se separó de él, incluso si usted pasa la mayor parte del tiempo con él en la misma habitación "

Si alguien pregunta lo que nosotros, los estudiantes Rinpoche, debe hacer ahora, la respuesta es simple: decidir si el Dalai nos ha dejado o no. Si pensamos en él como un hombre común, en nuestro corazón no habrá tristeza y dolor por la separación. Sin embargo, si recordamos lo que Él nos ha enseñado, lo buscamos en el corazón y la aplicamos en nuestra vida, el Dalai estará siempre con nosotros. Nunca pasará.
En la actualidad, cuando está en la meditación profunda, es el momento muy especial. Ahora debemos orar a Guru y llevar a cabo nuestras prácticas de todo corazón que aprendí de él. Con la práctica sincera utilizar en cualquier momento de la vida, vamos a hacer nuestra Dalai satisfecho. Se dice que si Lama se cumple, esta es la mayor de las ofrendas que podemos presentar a todos los Budas.

jueves, 29 de marzo de 2012

Tenga Rinpoche's 80th birthday 4.avi

Tenga Rinpoche's 80th birthday - beginning of ceremony

El Dalai Lama gana el Premio Templeton

El Dalai Lama gana el Premio Templeton, dotado con 1,3 millones de euros
El galardón, creado en 1972 por el agente de inversiones John Templeton, es el de mayor valor económico del mundo

La Fundación John Templeton ha subrayado que «larga colaboración en múltiples dimensiones de la ciencia y con la gente más allá de sus propias tradiciones religiosas» del líder tibetano «le han convertido en una incomparable voz global para la ética universal, la no violencia y la armonía entre las religiones del mundo».

El Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, de 76 años, recibirá el galardón en una ceremonia que se celebrará en la Catedral de Saint Paul en Londres el próximo 14 de mayo, según ha informado la Fundación, que ha confirmado la asistencia del líder religioso.

Ha destacado también que durante décadas el líder espiritual tibetano se ha centrado en investigar las conexiones entre la ciencia y el budismo «como una forma de mejorar el entendimiento y avanzar en lo que ambas disciplinas pueden ofrecer al mundo».

El premio
En concreto, señala que el Dalai Lama ha fomentado estudios de investigación científica sobre el poder de la compasión y su amplio potencial para abordar los problemas fundamentales del mundo, «un tema en el núcleo de sus enseñanzas y una piedra angular de su inmensa popularidad».

En esos estudios se han planteado «grandes cuestiones» filosóficas y éticas, como si puede enseñarse la compasión, que reflejan el espíritu de este premio y el interés que su fundador John Templeton tenía en buscar respuestas a cuestiones espirituales también a través de la ciencia.

El Premio Templeton, creado en 1972 por el agente de inversiones John Templeton, es el galardón de mayor valor económico del mundo (1,7 millones de dólares o 1,3 millones de euros) que reconoce a las personas que contribuyen al entendimiento de la religión.

«El premio no celebra ninguna tradición religiosa particular, o la noción de Dios, sino más bien la búsqueda del progreso en los esfuerzos de la humanidad para comprender las muchas y diversas manifestaciones de la Divinidad», explica la Fundación.

Entre los galardonados de otros años, destaca la Madre Teresa de Calcuta (1910-1997), el físico y premio Nobel Charles Townes y el científico español Francisco José Ayala.

oraciones para un gran maestro

oraciones para un gran maestro,  en estos momentos  en que su salud es precaria

Ayer, Jamphel Yeshi, un tibetano de 27 años de edad, en el exilio en la India, murió

Yesterday, Jamphel Yeshi, a 27-year-old Tibetan in exile in India, died in hospital. Two days earlier, in a desperate and harrowing protest against the visit to India of the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, he had set himself alight in a Delhi street. He suffered 97% burns. In a letter discovered after his self-immolation, he wrote: "We (Tibetans) demand freedom to practice our religion and culture. We demand freedom to use our language. We demand the same right as other people living elsewhere in the world …"

Today, the Dalai Lama was awarded the prestigious Templeton prize, a million-dollar prize awarded each year to an outstanding spiritual leader. In other circumstances, the Templeton prize would have been the occasion for unrestrained celebration for Tibetans, for whom any international recognition of their leader stands as a gesture of moral support for a people whose future looks increasingly bleak. But this award is overshadowed by the mounting toll of sacrifice of young Tibetan lives: in the past year, some 30 Tibetans, men and women, religious figures and lay people, have set themselves on fire.

Their protests are a measure of the despair that has been growing across Tibet since the uprising in 2008 was crushed with an unrepentant brutality. Since then, scores of Tibetans, including writers and public intellectuals, monks and farmers, have been imprisoned and Tibet's monasteries, seen by the Chinese government as the focus of dissent, have been subject to intensified controls and political pressure.