From the 18th till the 27th of March 2018, His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche was bestowing the transmission of Nyingthik Ya Shi (Four Parts of Essential Teachings) at Benchen Monastery in Kathmandu.It has been a very special event since the transmission is usually given only to one or two parts of Nyingthik. Rinpoche has bestowed the complete lungs, empowerments and oral instructions to all four parts, as well as some additional texts. The gathered ones have received the transmission to Vima Nyingthik, Lama Nyingthik, Zabmo Yangthik, Khandro Nyingthik, Khandro Yangthik and, additionally, to Karma Nyingthik together with some other precious lungs. Rinpoche himself received the transmission to Nyingthik Ya Shi first from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and then from Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche.
The ceremony took place in a huge tent pitched in the place of the demolished gompa. Almost four thousands of participants gathered in the tent. Those, who didn’t manage to get a place inside, sat around the tent, even in full sunlight, patiently (the temperature at that time can reach about thirty degrees). Also, in the old gompa, where speakers and a screen were placed, there were a lot of people.
Very often, the participants of the ceremony came from far away. There were several dozen of tulkus and several hundred of dorje lobpyns and khenpos. Among the present were: Sangter Rinpoche, Damche Rinpoche, Gyalpo Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, main drubpon from Rumtek, main khenpo from Mindroling Monastery (together with thirty other lamas) and many more. Numbers of lamas and monks from various monasteries came. Some of them had walked for three months through mountains in order to receive those special transmissions from Nyenpa Rinpoche. There was also quite a big group of western disciples, especially those from Poland. Among the special guests, there were also: parents of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, sisters of Kalu Rinpoche, mother of Mingyur Rinpoche and parents of Yangsi Tenga Rinpoche. The Yangsi himself was also there. Nevertheless, according to the advice of His Holiness Karmapa and Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, he didn’t take part in the ceremonies.
On the main wall, in front of the entrance to the tent, a huge canvas was placed. It presented Shakyamuni Buddha turning the Dharma Wheel for the first time. Below it, there was a shrine with traditional offerings and on both ends, there were thrones of two other Benchen tulkus: Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and Chime Rinpoche. In front of the shrine, there was a big throne for Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and in front of which was huge mandala with circles. The whole tent was ornamented with many silks, brocades, and thankas.
In the corner, behind a curtain, mandalas with richly ornamented tormas and various ritual objects were prepared, which were necessary for empowerments. The base was, placed in the centre, not big but outstandingly precious Nyingthik mandala, which belongs to only one monastery in the region of the Himalayas and has never been lent to anyone. That time it was shared, upon a special request of Sangter Rinpoche.
What also happens very rarely, was that Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche gave very precise and complete instructions during the transmission. In the end, Rinpoche expressed his gratitude to everyone, especially to Sangter Rinpoche who took the responsibility for all the costs, preparation, and decoration of the place of transmission.
Every day, the donors chased in giving donations and sponsoring meals for all the gathered. The Polish community also offered the Mandala of Universe together with the symbols of Body, Speech, and Mind and financed dinner for all the present ones.
To crown the lasting ten days transmission, Rinpoche bestowed public empowerment of Long Life, that time it was Amitayus (Tsepame) empowerment from the lineage of Machik Tropai Gyalmo and Rechungpa.
The chosen pictures from the ceremony are to be seen in Gallery.