Benchen Arya Tara Ling
Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, one of the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist masters of our times, envisioned the establishment of a place for women to practice and study the Dharma in the Benchen tradition already in the 1990’s. Due to favourable circumstances Rinpoche finally managed to buy land with a shell building suiting this purpose in 2011, shortly before his Parinirvana.
The name for the nunnery Benchen Arya Tara Ling has been kindly bestowed by Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche in Pharping in June 2012.
Message from Tenga Rinpoche on his vision and the need for the nunnery:
“Since long time I have been thinking to establish either a nunnery or a retreat center for nuns. But even though I had a strong wish it was impossible to fulfill it because there was no proper land to buy or the prices were much too high. At the end due to favorable circumstances and a private donation in 2011 a beautiful piece of land just next to the already existing Benchen Clear Light retreat center in Pharping has been purchased.
The location of the land and its size are very nice. There is a wonderful view on one side and there is no neighbor as it lies on the edge of a mountain, which is really perfect. Also, there is a shell building on the land already that can be turned into the nunnery. In addition, there is a possibility to extend the number of retreat houses there in the future.
Once we start building the nunnery this place will neither vanish nor it will be destroyed in the future. It will remain there forever. The nuns living there will engage in the Dharma practice – there will be Tara practice in the morning, Mahakala practice in the afternoon, and individual practices in between the sessions. This place will be the right place to practice and study the Dharma.
Through these Dharma activities we are all going to accumulate great deal of merit that can be dedicated to your parents, your loved ones, and all sentient beings. This will be one of the best ways of accumulating merit. Through the power of the merit we will obtain great deal of temporary and ultimate benefits. At the end, this merit will be the cause of attaining enlightenment.
Many Tashi Deleks and see you soon!”
Recorded in 2011 before Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche’s passing, and translated into English by Sherab Wangchuk of Benchen.