The Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoches

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Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, the first Sangye Nyenpa, Tashi Paljor (1457-1525) was the root teacher of the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554). He founded the byang chub chos 'khor gling monastery in Kham. The 2nd and 3rd Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoches stayed mainly in the Surmang (zur mang) monastery of the Trungpa Rinpoches. The 4th Sangye Nyenpa (dge legs rgya mtsho) left Surmang and founded the great monastery of Benchen in Nangchen/East Tibet in a region named Ga. The present 10th Sangye Nyenpa was born in 1964 in Bhutan, and resides in his monastery in exile in Kathmandu/Nepal. In recent years he fully reconstructed the monastery of Benchen in Tibet.

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For more information see the Benchen website