Friday, 3 July 2009

Tenga Rinpoche visits Lerab Ling

Tenga Rinpoche arriving at the Lerab Ling Temple.
Jikme Khyentse Rinpoche is standing behind

This week, Lerab Ling and the Three Year Retreatants were extremely fortunate to host H.E. Tenga Rinpoche.

His visit coincided with Guru Rinpoche's birthday (2 July 2009) and he practised with the sangha after his teaching.

Teaching in the Lerab Ling Temple

Tenga Rinpoche was recognised as the incarnation of Lama Tendzin Chögyal by the previous Tai Situ Rinpoche, Pema Wangchok Gyalpo, at the age of seven. He was given the name Karma Tenzin Trinlé Pal Sangpo at the age of 19, when he received his full ordination vows. He received extensive and thorough Buddhist training and education at Benchen Monastery from the Ninth Benchen Sangyé Nyenpa Rinpoche, Karma Shedrup Tenpe Nyima, and at Palpung Monastery from Tai Situ Rinpoche and Karse Kongtrul.

He studied all the tantric rituals and philosophy with many different masters. From his uncle he learned about traditional Tibetan medicine and he completed his studies with a three-year retreat.

Tenga Rinpoche is also an expert in mandala painting and sculpture.

In 1959, after the Chinese invasion, he left Tibet and, after spending one and a half years in Kalimpong, he settled in Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the main seat of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. There he served the Karmapa for 17 years, the last nine years of which he acted as dorje lopön (vajra master). In 1974 he accompanied the Karmapa on his first tour to America and Europe.

Since 1976, Tenga Rinpoche has been living in Swayambhu, Nepal, where he founded Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling Monastery. He also founded a retreat centre in Pharping. Since 1978, he has been touring Europe extensively, and has centres in Poland, Italy and Germany.

Tenga Rinpoche is one of the few living meditation masters who hold the still unbroken lineage of the Karma Kagyu tradition.

In 1982 he accompanied Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche when he visited the Rigpa centre in London.

This week's visit to Lerab Ling was his first visit to a Rigpa centre since then.

Tenga Rinpoche in London, 1982.

(Photos courtesy of Heinz Nowotny and

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a joyful event! May it all be auspicious! A la la ho!