About Rinpoche

Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

According to history it is said that SangyeNyenpa Rinpoche, whose source of emanation is the Buddha Maitreya, took many births as different Mahasiddhas of India, such as YesheNyingpo, PanditaMirtijana etc. and worked for the benefit of the Buddha Dharma and many sentient beings.

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Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche

Ven. Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet, the northern snow-enclosure, the cool land of the dharma valleys, the segment of the mandala field known as "the six ranges of lower Dokham" [...] , on the fourth day of the sixth lunar month in the Water-Monkey year of 1932. To be more specific, Rinpoche was born in the region of Dokham known as Ga. His father was descended from the upper eastern clan of the miraculously born Magyal Pomra known as Drong Sekar Gyalpo and their descendants. Rinpoche's father was Gönpo Tobgyal, one of the sons of the then Drong district official. His mothers name was Rigdzin Drölma, who came from the Gegyal Barma family clan. While the baby was in her womb, she dreamed one night of Drongpa Lama Tendzin Chögyal (Rinpoche's previous incarnation) who gave her a turquoise and told her to wear it around her neck. After that she was in high spirits and experienced no physical discomfort whatsoever. Other than that, said Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, there were no special signs. So he was told by his mother.

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Kyabje Chime Rinpoche

The first of these masters, who eventually became known as the Benchen Chime Tulku, appeared at the time of the 7th SangyeNyenpa Rinpoche Sherab Nyingpo. He was either a brother or nephew of SangyeNyenpa Rinpoche, and his subsequent incarnation was thus also known as Öntrul Chime Rinpoche, which signifies a family relationship of the first Benchen Chime Rinpoche with the then SangyeNyenpa. From an early age, he studied under the 9th Tai Situ PemaNyinje, whom he considered his root lama. From him he received the entire transmission of the teachings and practices of the Karma Kamtsang, like a vase filled to the brim. Having received all these, he proceeded to practice all of these teachings intensively, until clear signs of realisation arose unmistakenly. In the presence of H.H. the 14th Karmapa TekchogDorje he received both novice as well as full monastic ordination. At that time he also received the transmission of the teachings and practices of Guru Padmasambhava according to the termatradition of Guru Chöwang. He also learned all the corresponding rituals and dances to perfection. The performance of these, is continued in the Benchen monasteries in Tibet and Nepal to the present day. At the conclusion of this transmission, the Karmapa presented him with a statue of Guru Padmasambhava made of precious Li-metal, and a nine-pronged vajra made from Zi-stone. Both of these items were kept in the treasure-chests at Benchen monastery. After Chime Rinpoche had fulfilled the purpose of his life for the benefit of beings, he passed away into nirvana.

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Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi

An Amazing Story: Finding the Reincarnation of Tengan Rinpoche - Part 1


by Michele Martin, Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, March 21, 2017.


 Ever since he passed away on March 30, 2012, finding Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche’s reincarnation (yangsi) has been awaited with great hope and deep devotion, especially in the Karma Kamtsang lineage. Before founding Benchen Monastery in Nepal, he was the ritual master for HH the Sixteenth Karmapa and famous for his detailed knowledge of vajrayana ceremonies.

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