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Incarnation of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche discovered!

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:44 am
by khemmis
We are overjoyed to inform that today, on the 21st March 2017, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa has officially recognised the new incarnation of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche.

The ceremony can be seen on video (beginning about 51st minute):

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Source: http://www.benchen.org.pl/en/history/be ... discovered

Re: Incarnation of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche discovered!

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:29 pm
by diamind
Sarva mangalam

Re: Incarnation of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche discovered!

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:46 pm
by Karinos
overwhelmed with joy :heart:

Re: Incarnation of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche discovered!

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:52 am
by Kelwin
Having received teachings and empowerment from the late Tenga Rinpoche, I can only feel joy if such a being returns.

What I see here, just like in most cases of tulkus, is a kid that's being completely overwhelmed by what's happening (1:22). Not sure if I can appreciate this way of dealing with tulkus. But again, if it's really him, that's wonderful!

Re: Incarnation of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche discovered!

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:44 am
by Vasana
"An Amazing Story: Finding the Reincarnation of Tenga Rinpoche Part 1
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This text is based on a draft by Michele Martin who conducted interviews with Tempa Yarphel, the search team and others. Thankfully this text was edited by Tempa and Tashi Sautter and may deviate from Martin’s final version that will be published elsewhere.

Ever since he passed away on March 30th, 2012, finding Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche’s reincarnation (yangsi) has been awaited with tremendous hopes and great devotion, especially in the Karma Kamtsang lineage. When traveling in Germany, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa spoke about him on August 30th, 2015: “While here in Germany, I had the opportunity to meet briefly with many students of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and share some remarks with them. It has been a while now since he passed away but during all this time, his students and I myself have been continually remembering Rinpoche. This recollection has caused our faith, devotion, and love for him to continue flourishing.”“

Before Rinpoche passed away, he spoke a few words to me about his future reincarnation. Therefore, I have a great hope and pray that we will soon meet with his yangsi. So my main words of encouragement for the disciples of Tenga Rinpoche and those connected to Akong Rinpoche as well is to let your minds be at ease and relax. Continue sustaining the enlightened activities of your teachers and I think this will be enough.”

Half a year later, on February 22nd, 2016, during the closing ceremony for the Kagyu Monlam, the Gyalwang Karmapa made a thrilling announcement: During the Tseringma puja conducted at the Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering, he felt great devotion for Tenga Rinpoche and had a “thought or minor vision of where he might be.” He said he would keep these details quiet until he was able to share them with Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche but that he hoped Tenga Rinpoche would be able to return soon.

Almost a year later to the day, on February 24th 2016, His Holiness presented the first prediction letter of Tenga Rinpoche to Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. In this special document, His Holiness gave the names of the parents and a clear description of the landscape in which they lived. Also on the 24th His Holiness and Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche together selected the members of the search team, which included the General Secretary Tempa Yarphel, Junior General Secretary Tashi Özer, Khenpo Ösung, and the Dorje Lopon Tsültrim Rabten. Afterward His Holiness said that the four members should come in the evening and that he would send a qualified person with them for the search.

When they arrived that evening, the Karmapa said that Khenpo Garwang would be helping them, so there were now five people on the team. Khenpo joined as a representative of His Holiness Karmapa and the Tshurphu Labrang. His Holiness said that Khenpo Garwang is brilliant and has the awareness of nine people. Throughout the search the team could always seek his counsel. On that occasion Khenpo Garwang directly asked for the Karmapa’s help: “I need a map of the yangsi’s birthplace. Without one it will be difficult.” His Holiness said playfully, “OK. I’ll pretend that I know something,” and asked for paper. He talked as he drew: “There’s a mountain here, it looks a bit like this. And there are houses. Then there’s a river going along something like that. It’s not too big.” In the end he drew a picture that turned out to be clear as a photograph, showing the layout of the land with a river flowing through it and the design of the houses, some with flat roofs and others with peaked ones, and one house, that of the yangsi was directly beneath the great mountain, Manaslu.

In further conversation His Holiness said there were 32 to 40 households in the area. (It turned out later that an NGO had tallied the households in this spread out village and there were exactly forty.) The Karmapa also stated there would be four and a half people in the family. Responding to a query, the Karmapa replied that the “half” could refer to a child in the mother’s womb. When Tempa asked how old the yangsi would be, the Karmapa answered, “It seems that he is three or four.” The prediction letter had said the place was near a blessed mountain called Gangpung Gyen (Gangs phung rgyan, Manaslu in Nepali, the eighth highest mountain in the world). Khenpo Ösung wondered which village it might be, as there were so many in that area. The Karmapa replied that it was the first village down from the Tibetan border, which turned out to be Samdo.

His Holiness then encouraged them, “It is good to search for the yangsi right away,” so the following day they all went back to Nepal and left for Nubri, a high mountain valley in northern Nepal on the border with Tibet. Since Nubri is a six-day trek from Kathmandu, they took a helicopter to fly through the deep valleys and high mountains up to the northern border. Just before landing the search team was amazed to see the landscape matched His Holiness’ drawing in great detail. Once they arrived, the search team looked everywhere in the area of Samdo village in Nubri for six days. They went from house to house and Khenpo Garwang said to each of the familes: “I am looking for a very bright child. If this child could study, it will bring a great benefit to everyone. There are four children like this. We have found one in India, one in Bhutan, and another in Sikkim, and now we have come here looking for fourth one. It should be born in the Year of the Horse. Do you know a child like this from Samdo?” There were no other children. Khenpo mentioned them as a distraction. Despite the effort the search team could not find a child of three or four years, who had parents with names matching those in the letter of prediction. The team reported back to His Holiness that they did not find a child matching the description in the prediction letter. On the next day His Holiness replied by requesting the team to return to India. So sadly they had to return empty-handed to the Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya. During an audience with His Holiness the Karmapa observed that the team was unsuccessful and after a short pause advised that it was best for the Benchen Monastery to host the forthcoming three day long Tseringma puja at Thrangu Rinpoche’s Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath and make it as elaborate as possible. His Holiness then asked: „Can you arrange this?“ and Tempa replied: „Yes of course, Your Holiness. There is no problem at all.“ Then His Holiness further clarified that the senior Benchen monks should join and that he will also invite the senior monks, that is, dorje lopön (ritual master), umdze (chant master), chötrimpa (master of discipline), and so forth, of the Rumtek Monastery to the puja. It should be led by the Rumtek Umdze and the acting Dorje Lopön from Benchen."

http://the17thkarmapa.blogspot.co.uk/20 ... ation.html

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Re: Incarnation of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche discovered!

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:02 pm
by Vasana
'An Amazing Story: Finding the Reincarnation of Tenga Rinpoche - Part 2

This text is based on a draft by Michele Martin who conducted interviews with Tempa Yarphel, the search team and others. Thankfully this text was edited by Tempa and Tashi Sautter and may deviate from Martin’s final version that will be published elsewhere.

The second time that His Holiness gave them information about the yangsi was during this ceremony at the Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath. The Karmapa had arrived here on March 20, 2016 from Bodh Gaya, and on March 21st, 2016, he began three days of pujas in the radiant shrine hall of the Institute.

Two special altars had been arranged: one for the Guru Yoga of Karma Pakshi, which took place in the morning, and another for the practice of the Five Tseringma sisters in the afternoon. Said to reside in the Himalayas, the five sisters are protectors of the Kagyu lineage, and the main Tseringma is also a lineage holder of Milarepa’s Dharma teachings. In particular, Tseringma is considered the special spirit that has dominion over the area of Nubri. These two practices of Karma Pakshi and Tseringma are the same ones that the Karmapa led in Bodh Gaya during the annual nuns’ gathering. At Vajra Vidya, the rituals were augmented with copious offerings and continued for three days, finishing on the auspicious full moon of the second Tibetan month.

The Karmapa had remarked about these special pujas, “At this time perhaps I will see the yangsi more clearly.” On the third day, March 23rd, 2016, after the puja on his way out His Holiness gave Tempa a paper. When he opened it, he found the drawing of a house with a large boulder and an indication of the direction in which the door faced. Written at the top was “Year of the Horse.” In the evening of that day the search team asked His Holiness for further clarification and advice during an audience. The Karmapa told them that they did not know how to search in Samdo. “It could be that the mother went as a bride to another village or that the father went as a groom elsewhere. They will probably have a child. Look for them.”

So the search team returned to Samdo, Nubri, and this time Khenpo Garwang requested the head of the village and resident lama, Lama Urgyen, to call for a big meeting with the local villagers. All of them gathered and Khenpo Garwang asked for family members who moved to other places and had children. The villagers were very cooperative and even called abroad to relatives in Europe, America, and Australia to see if they had such a child but they only found a young girl born in the Year of the Horse, not a young boy.
Three days passed by, and then late in the day around 5:30, Tempa felt like having some coffee, so he walked over to a small shop where a woman was selling tea, coffee, and some snacks. He bought a cup of coffee and while he was drinking it, as is the custom in remote mountain areas, the owner, whose name he found out to be Sithar and who is the sister of Lama Urgyen, struck up a conversation, “Well, did you find the child?”
“No,” Tempa sighed, “We’ve looked everywhere and could not find him.”
She asked him, “Did you know that my older sister’s daughter has a boy born in the Year of the Horse?”
“Where is she?” Tempa immediately asked.
“My sister moved to Rö as a bride.“
“Where is this place?”
“Oh, you walk down the mountain about three or four hours and you’ll get there.”

Tempa was as surprised as he was elated. He paid for his coffee, leaving it half finished, and went as quickly as he could to find the search team in their guesthouse. Khenpo Garwang remarked, “That’s quite strange. We had so many meetings and no one mentioned this child. Let’s go tomorrow as early as possible in the morning. Since Lama Urgyen is a respected person and the relative of the boy, it would be good to take him along.”

As they found out later the shopkeeper’s oldest sister and yangsi’s maternal grandmother was called Ngakwang Dolma. As Lama Urgyen was staying close by, the search team went right away to see him and Khenpo Garwang asked, “Did your sister’s daughter go as a bride to Rö?”
“Yes, but she did already pass away quite some time ago,” he replied.
“Her daughter has a boy. Isn’t it?”
“Yes”
“Could it be that he was born in the Year of the Horse?”
“Well, it is possible. I will call her.”

Lama Urgyen made a phone call to the yangsi’s mother and he found out that, indeed, the boy was born in the Horse Year. He even was the one who made the astrological chart for the boy after his birth when he had given him the name Nyima Döndrub. Happily he agreed to join the search team on their trip to Rö.

With joy and anticipation, the search team traveled on the following day with Lama Urgyen to meet his sister’s grandson (this uncle’s grand nephew). After their trek down the mountain, the search team at last came to the house, which was known as the New House in Rö of Nubri (Nub ri ros khang gsar). When Tempa saw the yangsi, he thought, “This child’s eyes have a special brilliance.” The parent’s names turned out to be just as the prediction letter had indicated: the father was named Tsering Wangdu, (though he was usually called Wangdu), and he was known as Urgyen Pasang Wangpo when he was a monk for four years at Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Monastery in Swyambhunath which is now under Mingyur Rinpoche‘s guidance and called Tergar Özel Ling. It also has turned out that the mother of both Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche came from Rö. The yangsi’s mother was called Dawa Potri, and when she was a nun at Penor Rinpoche’s nunnery in southern India, she was known as Tsultrim Chödrön. She has two older sisters and three younger brothers.

Nyima Döndrub, who was usually just called Nyima, was born on the 23rd day of the tenth Tibetan month in the Year of the Wooden Horse (December 14th, 2014) at 11:30pm. The previous Tenga Rinpoche had passed away in the early hours of March 30th, 2012, so he did not wait long to take rebirth, just as the Karmapa had predicted. By Tibetan counting, the yangsi is four years old since he was born in the tenth month, and whenever Losar (the New Year) comes around, everyone is considered a year older no matter when they were born. So when the Yangsi was two months old, he was already considered to be a one-year old. Then two years passed, making him three, and this year Losar just happened on February 27th, so he turned four. However, in western terms he is only two years and some three months old.

When the search team first came, the young boy was about a year and three months old. He got up and went toward the door to see who was there. When he saw Khenpo Garwang, he said, “Tashi Delek La,” a polite way to say in Tibetan, “Welcome.” What was unusual is that the child did not know Tibetan and had never spoken these words before. When the team came inside, the young boy grabbed his mother‘s chuba several times saying something to her in the local Nubri dialect. When Tempa asked Khenpo Ösung for a translation, it came out to be a traditional gesture of welcome, “Pour them some tea.”

The search team took many photos of the yangsi, his family, and his home. There were four members in the family: the two parents, the yangsi, and his sister, Kelsang Chökyi who was two years older. When asked about it the mother said that her periods were regular. So she was not pregnant at that time which did not match the prediction. Tempa further asked the parents about the boulder that was in the Karmapa’s drawing. They replied that their old house had a boulder that formed the corner of the first floor but they had taken it down and broken up the boulder to use in building a new home in an L-shape with several extra rooms, thinking that they might open a guest house. It was in this new house that the yangsi was born.

While remaining in Rö Khenpo Garwang reported to His Holiness. Even though there was half a family member missing Khenpo gave a full account of all details. After three days His Holiness answered and requested Khenpo Garwang to return to India and the others to Kathmandu. Once back in India, Khenpo Garwang briefed His Holiness with all the details and showed him the photographs but at this point, the Karmapa did not say whether or not the young boy was the reincarnation.

To be continued ......'



Text and Photo @ http://www.benchen.org/en/monastery-nep ... che-part-2

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