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t o c u l t i v a t e g o o d ,
t o p u r i f y o n e ' s m i n d
- t h i s i s t h e t e a c h i n g o f t h e B u d d h a "
G a u t a m a B u d d h a
Welcome to the website devoted to Buddhist practice in the tradition of the Karma Kamtsang in Torun
This website presents Benchen Karma Kamtsang Centre in Torun, which brings together a group of Buddhists and friends - from Torun, Bydgoszcz and the surrounding area.
The tradition of the Karma Kamtsang known under the equivalent name of the Karma Kagyu, is a part of Kagyu - one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. This is the Tantric Buddhism (Sanskrit: Vajrayana). The Karma Kagyu lineage is derived from the spiritual masters such as Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa Lotsawa (Marpa the Translator), Milarepa and Gampopa. After their activities the First Karmapa (Dusum Khyenpa) founded the Karma Kagyu school, which continues evolving. Today, the highest spiritual authority in this tradition is His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. One of the many Karma Kamtsang monasteries in Tibet was Benchen Monastery situated in the province of Kham in the eastern part of the Roof of the World. Currently, the Benchen Monastery is located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Benchen Karma Kamtsang Buddhist Association was founded in Poland in 1994 and it operates under the care of the Benchen Monastery in Kathmandu, The Benchen Karma Kamtsang Buddhist Association is a founding member of the Polish Buddhist Union, which is operating since 1995 under the patronage of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyamtso. Lama Rinchen (Waldemar Zych) is the president of the Benchen Karma Kamtsang Buddhist Association (Poland). The main centre is located in Grabnik, in the neighbourhood of Warsaw.
Update: 25-08-2014 © Benchen Karma Kamtsang Centre in Torun