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Tenga Rinpoche

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Portrait of Tenga Rinpoche by Claude-Max Lochu

Tenga Rinpoche (1932–2012) was a Tibetan teacher (lama) in the Karma Kagyu tradition.

Born in Kham in 1932, Tenga Rinpoche was recognized as a reincarnation of Lama Samten at the age of seven.

As he grew older, he studied at Benchen Monastery and was eventually given the name Karma Tenzin Thinle Namgyal from Situ Rinpoche. Soon after, he was given ordination by Situ Rinpoche and entered a three-year retreat.

He was an expert in mandala painting and sculpture.

In 1959, Tenga Rinpoche left Benchen for Lhasa. After the 14th Dalai Lama left Tibet in relation with the 1959 Tibetan uprising, he escaped with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and the brother of Dilgo Khyentse, the 9th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. He then eventually traveled to northern India. In India, he settled at Rumtek Monastery, the main seat of the 16th Karmapa. Tenga Rinpoche served the 16th Karmapa for seventeen years, nine of those years in the position of Dorje Lopön.

In 1976 Tenga Rinpoche, he settled in Swayambhunath, Nepal, where he founded a second Benchen Monastery and a retreat center in Pharping.

In 1986, Tenga Rinpoche established the new Benchen Monastery in Kathmandu.

He visited France regularly, giving teachings at Kagyu-Dzong in Paris and Vajradhara-Ling in Normandy. On September 21, 2003, he laid the cornerstone of the Temple for Peace in Normandy.

On 30 March 2012, at 3:24 in the morning Nepali time, Tenga Rinpoche died.

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