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In 1979, at the age of thirty-three, H.H. the Gyalwa Karmapa sent him as his representative to Australia and New Zealand to spread Dharma. Rinpoche stayed in Australia for about seven months giving refuge ordination, Bodhicitta vows, Mahamudra, guidance and instructions on "Nyung-ney" (the fasting practice of the Thousand Arms Thousand Eyes Avalokiteshvara), empowerments and oral transmission of various yidams. During his stay in Australia , Rinpoche established two new Karma Kagyu Dharma centres, Karma Tashi Choling in New South Wales and Kagyu Evam Choling centre in Melbourne City, the latter is under the direction of Ven. Traleg Rinpoche. In Sydney there was already a Kagyu centre, named by Karmapa as Kagyu Dongag Choling. Rinpoche completed the legal documentation for this Centre and legally set up the trust.

In New Zealand, a Dharma centre named by Gyalwa Karmapa as Karma Kagyu Thegsum Choling has already been established. This centre was offered to Karmapa by one of the disciples of Ven. Karma Thrinley Rinpoche. H.H. the 16th Karmapa was the founder of this Dharma Centre and Beru Khyentse Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director. Acting in the capacity as the Spiritual Director, His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche sent two lamas from his Mainpat monastery to be the resident lamas.

Rinpoche gave many teachings and introduced Buddhism to many people. In that same year, Rinpoche visited Malaysia Kagyu Centre at Kuala Lumpur, gave empowerments and teachings of the Kagyu lineage, beginning with the chanting of sadhana. Rinpoche had also established a new centre in Seremban near Kuala Lumpur, besides having visited the whole of Malaysia propagating the Dharma among old and new disciples.

At the invitation of the Sakya Dharma centre in Singapore, Rinpoche also gave numerous empowerments, oral transmissions, instructions and teachings. At that time a monk called Rev. Tashong from a Mahayana monastery approached Rinpoche and requested him to visit his temple. Rinpoche agreed and gave empowerments, oral transmissions, instructions and teachings in the Karma Kagyu tradition, thereby introducing numerous disciples to Vajrayana Buddhism. At Rev. Tashong's request Rinpoche established the first Karma Kagyu Centre in Singapore and named it Karme Chodhey Dharma Centre. Rev. Tashong himself was a Vajrayana practitioner as his teachers were those who had received teachings from previous Beru Khyentse Rinpoche and the late Bo Gangkar Rinpoche during their visit to China.

Later H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa, Kyabje Sharma Rinpoche and many other Kagyu Lamas visited the Karme Chodhey Dharma Centre and today, it has flourished into a large and well-known Centre spreading the Dharma in Kagyu tradition. At present, resident abbot, Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche is managing it under the direction of Kyabje Shamar Rinpoche.

Having performed many Dharma activities, Rinpoche returned to New Delhi at the end of 1979, and met with H.H. the Gyalwa Karmapa. Rinpoche informed His Holiness about all his Dharma activities and particularly about the establishment of various Dharma Trusts and Centres. His Holiness was very pleased to hear the news, and praised Beru Khyentse Rinpoche for his achievements. A few weeks prior to the laying of the foundation for the new Monastery at New Delhi, the Gyalwa Karmapa's old illness became serious and He had to be hospitalized. However, His Holiness recovered gradually.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, at the main entrance of Rinpoche's Monastery in Bodhgaya, 1990.Beru Khyentse Rinpoche upon returning to Mainpat found that his new monastery had been completed. He had initiated the construction of this monastery before leaving for Australia. Rinpoche had always wished to build a Kagyu monastery in Bodhgaya. For this purpose in 1977, he applied to the Central Government of India and the State Government of Bihar for permission to buy two acres of land. Finally in 1982 after five years, Rinpoche received the approval with the relevant papers from the local authorities at Bodhgaya. That year during His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Bodhgaya, he visited the new site of the Monastery as requested by Rinpoche and performed the consecration ceremony and prayers.

In 1982, at the age of thirty-six, Rinpoche visited Tibet to meet relatives and to give teachings. When he first met his relatives at Lhasa and Nyethang, it was difficult for them to recognize each other and needed introduction. There were mixed feelings of happiness and sorrow. On reaching Kham Nangchen, Rinpoche could recognize the places, but could not recognize the monks and the people. That year Rinpoche applied to the Chinese Government for permission to rebuild the Tashi Gang monastery at Nyethang and the Tharjay monastery at Nangchen. Moreover, in order to prepare the monks for the three year and three months retreat, Rinpoche gave numerous empowerments, oral transmissions and instructions to them.

In 1983 Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche gave complete empowerments of the Rinchen Terzod (Treasure of Jamgon Kongtrul) to the Kagyu Gyalwa Yabsay and many other Rinpoches, lamas, monks and lay people at Sonada, Darjeeling. Rinpoche also attended this ceremony and received all the empowerments. In 1985, Rinpoche visited Tibet again and gave many empowerments and oral transmission to the first batch of retreat monks in Nangchen who had started their retreat in 1984. Regular batches of monks for retreat have been organized since then. That year, Rinpoche received permission from Chinese Government to rebuild both the monasteries at Nangchen and Nyethang. Rinpoche furnished the monastery with many statues, thangka paintings, a complete set of Kangyur and Tangyur texts consisting of 103 volumes and 215 volumes respectively that he had brought with him. Rinpoche funded the reconstruction of the monastery.

In that same year Rinpoche's monastery at Bodhgaya was completed along with an 11½ft. gold plated Buddha statue made of copper. This monastery had its entire wall painted with life-size paintings of Twelve Deeds of Shakyamuni Buddha. Beru Khyentse Rinpoche officially invited H.H the Dalai Lama for the consecration of the monastery, statues and to bestow blessings. H.H the Dalai Lama with great kindness fulfilled all the wishes of Rinpoche and also gave teachings on Gampopa's 'Jewel Ornament of Liberation'. Rinpoche made offerings of statue, scripture and stupa as mandala offerings to symbolise long-life and the turning of Wheel of Dharma by His Holiness to benefit countless sentient beings. In 1987, construction works started and the foundations of the new Nangchen Monastery and the Ani Nunnery were laid. At present, there are about forty nuns in the Tharjay nunnery where they observe regular 'nyung-ney' fastings. Some of these nuns have carried out retreats two or three times. Rinpoche had provided full financial support to the Tharjay monks and nuns community.

President of India, he inaugurated Beru Khyentse Rinpoche's Bodhgaya Monastery.  Rinpoche presents offering to President.  23rd December 1988. The President of India, His Excellency Shri Ramaswamy Venkatraman inaugurated Rinpoche's monastery in Bodhgaya, on 23rd December 1988. Among other guests were His Excellency the Governor and Honorable Chief Minister of Bihar and Representatives of all the other monasteries and Institutions in Bodhgaya. The inauguration ceremony was held for three days from 23rd to 25th December 1988. Rinpoche delivered the opening speech and gave a brief accounts on the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet, the Kagyu lineage and monastery, its significance and objectives. Rinpoche presented His Excellency and the other guests with a thangka painting, a Shakyamuni Buddha statue and khathak as souvenir. In return, His Excellency made a personal donation to the monastery. In addition to that, on behalf of the Government and the people of India, he donated two solar lighting systems to the monastery. It was on this occasion that H.H Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche sent a personally handwritten letter and praised the Dharma activities of Beru Khyentse Rinpoche.

Since the completion of the monastery at Bodhgaya in 1986, many important lamas of different schools of Tibetan Buddhism had visited and stayed in the monastery performing prayers, teachings, oral transmissions and empowerments. Therefore, H.E. Beru Khyentse Rinpoche's Monastery at Bodhgaya became a Centre of various Dharma activities. Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche had also regularly visited and stay in this monastery during winter between 1986-1989. He performed grand Monlam prayers under the Bodhi tree every year.

Bodhgaya main Stupa and Bodhi Tree.  Buddha attained enlightment under this tree.

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche transmitted all the teachings and empowerments of Shangpa Kagyu tradition to Beru Khyentse Rinpoche and particularly the empowerments of the Six-armed Mahakala. At that time, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche organized the first Translators' Committee at Bodhgaya Kagyu monastery and translated into English, the Sheja Kunkhyab (The Treasury which is an Encyclopedia of Knowledge), a composition of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, H.E. Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, at the main entrance of Beru Khyentse Rinpoche's Monastery, January 1989.Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche had also regularly visited Bodhgaya monastery during winter from 1985 to 1990 and gave teachings and performed aspiration prayers as requested by Beru Khyentse Rinpoche. Both the Rinpoches and many other high Lamas and many monks performed the One Hundred Deities' Bardo prayer and a big Drubchen to make Dharma medicine. Beru Khyentse Rinpoche had also received many teachings from Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. These included all the empowerments in the Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's kabum, oral transmission of the secret tantras, all the teachings of Tsasum Osel Nyingthig, instructions and oral transmissions of the Longchen Nyingthig preliminary practices and the seven treasures of the Longchen. Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche had also composed a long-life prayer for Beru Khyentse Rinpoche.

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche's countryside Nepal Manang Kagyu monastery, located near Milarepa cave and the Gangapurna snow mountain.  Rinpoche proposed to build a 3-year retreat centre next year, for the benefit of monks and laymen.

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche's Nepal Boudhanath Monastery, complete with monks and visitor rooms, which is just five minutes walking distance away from the Boudhanath Stupa.  Construction started since 1987 and completed in 1993. Rinpoche's temple in Boudhanath, Nepal started in 1987. It consisted of six floors with monks' quarter and a guest house which was completed in 1990. In 1990 and 2002, Rinpoche and his family and attendants went on a pilgrimage to Tibet visiting places such as Samye Monastery, Chemphu Cave, Yarlung Valley holy places, Gyangtse Palgon Stupa, Tashi Lhunnpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Mount Kailash or "Gang Rinpoche", Tso-Mepham "Mansorovar Lake", Pretapure Holy Hot Spring, and Purang Karchang Jovo Holy Land. In the south of Lhasa Lhodrag area, the original residence place of Marpa Lotsawa, was a nine storeyed palace build by Milarepa at the instruction of Marpa Lotsawa. Milarepa built that building, which is now more than eight hundred years old, without any assistance. Rinpoche had visited all these holy places during his pilgrimage tour of Tibet.

That same year Rinpoche had also visited his birthplace, Nyethang area. As a result of the Cultural Revolution, the Tashi Gang Monastery, which had a long history, had been badly damaged. It was build by Chogyal Phagpa of Sakyapa School, some seven hundred thirty nine years ago with many old objects left in this monastery. All the other objects were destroyed except for a 2ft. stupa called the Kadam Stupa, which was hidden by a family who had survived the destruction of the Cultural Revolution. Rinpoche bought this stupa from the family when he first visited Tibet in 1982 and placed it in the safe keeping with one of Rinpoche's relatives. This stupa was returned to the Tashi Gang Monastery when the Chinese Government granted permission to reconstruct the monastery in 1990. Due to insufficient funds, restoration works could not be carried out. As a result, Rinpoche assisted with the repair works.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin of the main Sakya Lineage holder, he visited Beru Khyentse's monastery Baudha, Nepal.  He blessed the main shrine hall, 3rd March 1994.Back Side elevation of Boudhanath Monastery

Two floors of the temple were still intact but were without the paint and the statues. Therefore, everything had to be re-built. Rinpoche added another floor to the existing two floors and monks' quarter, library, kitchen, guesthouse and a small shop for the monastery to generate some income. The second floor of the monastery had the Mahakala shrine. This shrine had been repaired and a new 22ft high clay status of Hevajra has been built. The Mahakala shrine had many paintings of old dharma protectors and yidams of the Sakyapa School.

Rinpoche offered the Tashi Gang Monastery the special stupa, which was originally built by Chogyal Phagpa, the founder of the monastery. In addition to this, many statues and religious texts were also brought in from India and kept in this monastery. In 1992, Rinpoche funded the construction of the 40ft. Namgyal Stupa outside the monastery. It housed a statue of Namgyal Ma and a big 7ft high brass Mani wheel. The original Namgyal Stupa had been destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.

In 1987, Rinpoche began to build the Tharjay Monastery in Nangchen and was completed in 1995. In 2008, it was found that the main shrine hall was near to collapse and needs to be rebuilt. Since then, Rinpoche has rebuilt a 7-storey main shrine hall and institute, and will open on 20th July 2015. The main shrine hall has a 10m Shakyamuni Buddha, Dipankara Buddha (7m), Maitreya Buddha (7m), Shariputra (3m) and Moggallana (3m) statues. It also has Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha, Medicine Buddha, Thousand Arm Avalokitesvara statues. On the first floor of the main shrine hall, there are Mahakala, Mahakali and Dorje Drolo shrines. There are also 45 Kagyu lineage Thangkas and 2 big Mani wheels.

In 1997, Rinpoche built eight stupas around the Tharjay Monastery. Each of these stupa measures 15ft. high.

Close-up front elevation of Tharjay Monastery.

Rinpoche had designed and raised funds for seven monasteries, 2 in India (in Bodhgaya and Mainpat), 2 in Nepal (in Boudhanath and Manang), 3 in Tibet (Nyethang Tashi Gang, Central Tibet, Tharjay monastery and Tharjay Nunnery), 2 retreat centres in Kham East Tibet Tharjay monastery for men and women. There is also 1 institute in Tharjay monastery, 2 public schools, one in India and one in Kham Nangchen Drokshok. There are 5 Dharma centres abroad, Khyenkong Karma Tharjay Dharma Society Centre in Malaysia, Karma Thigsum Chokhorling in New Zealand, Karma Tashi Choling in Australia, Thupten Remay Choling in Russia and Tharjay Chokhorling in Hong Kong.

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche's Nyenthang Tashi-gang Monastery, about 2km from his birthplace and nearby Lhasa, Tibet.  This monastery is 730 years old and was founded by the great Sakya Lineage holder, Chogyal Pkahpa Rinpoche.  Beru Khyentse Rinpoche restored this monastery after it was partly destroyed by the communist during the cultural revolution.

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche's Tharjay old Nunnery, East Tibet.  Rinpoche rebuilt this nunnery on the same site when his monastery was destroyed by the communist during the cultural revolution. Jovo Menpa Tsesum or Buddha Medicine Mountain, located on Tharjay's land.  The medicinal herbs used by the Tharjay clinic were harvested from here.

The Hong Kong Tharjay Dharma centre was registered in accordance with the law of Hong Kong as TCF Ltd. The Malaysia centre was established in 1998 under the name of Khyenkong Karma Tharjay Dharma Society registered in accordance with the law of Malaysia at No 19, Jalan 14/37, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The Centre with many members and disciples is actively involved in various Dharma activities.