Tenga Rinpoche Offers Karma Pakshi Initiation
As Poland Marks Lineage’s 900th Anniversary
(August 22, Grabnik, Poland) Karmapa 900 crowned the second Kagyu Monlam in Benchen Karma Kamtsang Centre in Grabnik, Poland, in a festive celebration marking 900 years of the Karmapa lineage. Leading the ceremony was Tenga Rinpoche, appointed by His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa to preside over Poland’s Karmapa 900 celebration. The event commenced with a dignified procession escorting a special statue of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa marking the inception of the joyful event. The statue had been sculpted with great care by Lama Ang Pasang, responsible for making tormas for the Kagyu Monlam. Polish Dharma friends, who are professionals in art restoration, gilded the statues and worked on other detailing.
Over 400 participants from Poland and other European countries gathered in a procession headed by Tenga Rinpoche. Numerous lamas, monks and nuns from the Benchen Monastery, as well as the lay community, all joined in as well. The statue of the First Karmapa was accompanied by banners of victory, canopies and precious ornaments, which Tenga Rinpoche offered to the center for this and future festive occasions. The procession made its way from the lhakhang to the main altar set up in a tent that had been erected on the center grounds. Once inside the tent, a mandala offering was made.