Khenpo Tensing Sangpo

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Talks about: The importance of Buddhist teaching during the 49 days before reincarnation.
Appointed to the 14th century temple and monastery at Kagbeni at 26, Tensing Sangpo was the youngest Nepali monk to become an Abbot. At that time there were only 3 young students and the aged monks were no longer teaching villagers the meaning behind Buddhist rituals.

Ten years further on, the Abbot is building an extension to house and educate up to 150 young monks. He has changed ancient rules that dictate that only a second son may become a monk, and must be drawn from one of the three local parishes. Under the Abbot, any son may join, and pupils now come from all over the Himalayas.
In this interview the Abbot explains why educated monks are crucial to village life. He describes the first 49 days after a human death and before rebirth, a time called ‘bardo’ when the soul survives for a period while the good and bad karma of the former life is being weighed and judged. It is at this time, says the Abbot, when a monk can do much to ensure a wholesome reincarnation.