Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling

Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling Monastery

G. P.O Box-2072 Swayambhu, Chhauni
Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Tel. No. 009771- 4276143

About Benchen

The Benchen Monastery Community is under the spiritual guidance of both His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Very Venerable Tenga Rinpoche. Situated near the renowned Swayambhu Stupa in Kathmandu the monastery assembles the monastic school Benchen Phuntsok Dagyeling, the state-approved Primary School, the Benchen Free Clinic, the meditation centre Clear Light in Pharping and the new Benchen Shedra next to it.

The monastery is run by S.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Ven. Tenga Rinpoche. “Rinpoche” meaning precious, is a title of great respect. In the mid 70s H.H. 16th Karmapa advised Tenga Rinpoche that it would be beneficial to have a place where the Kalachakra practice could be performed within the vicinity of Swayambunath. Tenga Rinpoche  bought a plot of land near the great Stupa of Swayambhu – one of the most important places of  pilgrimage in Kathmandu. Thus, he followed the advice of his teacher Karmapa to build a monastery at this holy place.  In 1995 the monastery was changed into a charitable trust founded by Tenga Rinpoche.

Each month a one week extensive practice (drubcho) along with the construction of the respective sand mandala is performed, such as Kalachakra, Vajra Yogini, Chakrasamvara, Gyalwa Gyamtso, Guru Rinpoche including the lama dances of the 8 aspects of Guru Rinpoche, Tashi Tseringma the protector of Milarepa, Two Armed Mahakala along with the lama dances etc.
At present the monastery houses 277 monks. All of the monks receive basic education from both Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche as well as Tenga Rinpoche, instructions in Dharma, meditaion and rituals. Furthermore the monastery runs a free clinic that provides free medical and dental treatment for outpatients.

Environmental Goal

Our main goal is to conserve the Himalayan environment around us for all living beings to survive peacefully and calmly.

Environmental Activities

We have installed solar power in our monastery in order to reduce the consumption of electricity and we have begun to reuse our waste water. Solar energy has been very useful already because Nepal has a lot of problems with electricity shortages. Solar power has helped us to control how much electricity we have and be more independent. At the same time, we feel good because this is good for the environment. We hope that this is a good example for people, businesses, and wealthy households in Nepal.

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