Enthronement of Khenpo Muri Geshe Nyima Kunchap Rinpoche
On January 8t, 2020, the 13th day of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar, Muri Geshe Nyima Kunchap Rinpoche was enthroned at sMenri Monastery as the new Khenpo (Abbot) of Barle Gompa. Barle Compa was formerly known as Barle Ungdrung Shuktsal Ling, located in Barle village, Dolpo, Nepal.
This enthronement was at the request of the villagers of Barale village, as well as the request of His Holiness the 34th sMenri Trizin and His Eminence sMenri Ponlob.
The occasion was held on an auspicious day of the Tibetan calendar. During the enthronement, snow fell at sMenri, a very unusual and auspicious event.
Khenpo Muri Geshe Hyima Kunchap Rinpoche was born in Tichu-rong, Dolpo, Nepal, once a providence of Zhang Zhung in 1964. His early education in Bon began at the age of 8 from his root lama His Eminence Bar Le Rinpoche. He came to sMenri Monastery in 1982 and received his the most prestigious doctorate degree of Geshe in 1994 by His Holiness the 33rd sMenri Trizin and His Eminence Yongzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
Throughout his time at sMenri Monastery, Khenpo La was chosen to be the President of the Nepal Bon Welfare Committee, Chant Master of sMenri Monastery, Taught general science to Junior Monks at sMenri Monastery, Vice-president of Nepal Bon Buddhist Federation and President of Yungdrung Shug Tshal User’s Committee.
Khenpo La has been active for many years in Barle village in Dolpo. He founded a children’s home and a temple there. Khenpo la has worked tirelessly for many years to support the temple and children’s home in Barle.
We at Yeru Bon Center have been blessed to have Khenpo la visit and teach at Yeru Bon Center many times. He has taught Soul Retreival and the practice of Tseqwa Tingzing at Yeru Minneapolis. He has taught the Ocean of Milk at Yeru Minneapo;is and Yeru Los Angeles. He has assisted Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche at several Red Garuda retreats at Yeru Retreat Center. Khenpo la has taught Chod at Yeru Minneapolis. We are fortunate that he will return to Minneapolis in October (?) to teach the Eight Brothers.
Yeru Bon Center feels a special connection with Khenpo La, as he was one of the monks David met on his first trip to sMenri in 1989.
We join with many others in wishing Khenpo Muri Geshe Nyima Kunchap Rinpoche the best of luck, many blessings, and good fortune in his new position. We are certain that the villagers of Barle, an anyone who has the good fortune to interact with Khenpo la, will be blessed and their life enriched.
Mu tso ma ro!