In 1941, the world was gifted with a great Mahasiddha when His Eminence Drubwang Gangchen Rinpoche was born in Western Tibet. Descending from a long line of incarnations that originate from the great Mahasiddha Darikapa, one of the 84 Mahasiddhas, many of Lama Gangchen’s previous incarnations have held the position of Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. This deep connection with Tashi Lhunpo and the line of Panchen Lamas continues to this day.
At the tender age of five, Lama Gangchen was recognised as the reincarnate Lama-Healer and enthroned at Gangchen Choepeling Monastery. At 12 years old, he received the “Kachen” degree, a qualification usually conferred after 20 years of study.
Lama Gangchen then spent the next five years studying in Sera and Tashi Lhunpo monasteries on the subjects of medicine, astrology, meditation and philosophy. He also studied in various other places such as Gangchen Gompa, Tropu Gompa and Neytsong Monastery and became the disciple of some of the most important Lamas of the Gelugpa tradition including His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang.
In 1963, Lama Gangchen left Tibet to join the exiled Tibetan community in India and continued his studies at the Varanasi Sanskrit University in Benares for the next seven years. Later in 1970, Lama Gangchen also received his Geshe Rigram degree from Sera Monastic University.
For the next 10 years, Lama Gangchen served the community as a healer and saved countless lives. His fame as a healer grew to the point where he was engaged as the private physician of the Royal Family.
Lama Gangchen’s first visit to Europe took place in 1981, and within the same year he established his first centre Karuna Choetsok in Lesbos, Greece. From 1982 onwards, Lama Gangchen travelled the world extensively, healing and teaching many who crossed his path, and leading many pilgrimages to various holy places around the world.
In 1995, with the vision of making the world a better place, Lama Gangchen initiated the United Nations Spiritual Forum for World Peace to create a permanent Spiritual Forum within the UN structure and to bring contributions in the form of spiritual and material support to the UN. Two years later, out of great compassion, Lama Gangchen founded the Lama Gangchen Kiurok Tsochun Association which spearheads humanitarian aid projects for underdeveloped countries.
Lama Gangchen is an incredibly well respected Lama in the East and more recently in the West, ever since Tibetan Buddhism was brought abroad. Whenever Lama Gangchen visits his personal monastery in Shigatse as well as Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, both located in close proximity with each other, tens of thousands of devotees will gather to receive his blessings. In some instances, it has taken Lama Gangchen three full days to place his hands on the head of every single devotee who came to seek his blessings.
Not only is Lama Gangchen a Tantric master of the Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini Tantras, he is also well known for his mastery of the Kalachakra Tantras and for his closeness to the mystical land of Shambhala. It is said that Lama Gangchen has taken rebirth in the holy land of Shambhala countless times and even now, he has the ability to astral travel to Shambhala in an instant.
Lama Gangchen is also renowned for his full accomplishment of the Medicine Buddha practice. It is a common Tibetan belief that to see, feel or visualise Lama Gangchen is equal to being in the presence of the Medicine Buddha. Countless people have survived debilitating and life-threatening diseases with near-impossible chances of recovery with the help of Lama Gangchen’s healing blessings, complemented with Western or traditional Tibetan medication. The blessed healing pills and waters created by Lama Gangchen are highly sought after for their ability to heal the most stubborn problems, afflictions and illnesses.
One of Lama Gangchen’s most important projects is the integration between Tibetan Medicine and allopathic medicine. Tibetan Medicine is incredibly effective but its healing mechanisms are still widely unknown, making this project an incredibly important one in uncovering this treasure trove of knowledge for the benefit of many.
After years of travelling the world and being a strong supporter of world peace, Lama Gangchen at present is the Spiritual Director of the International Lama Gangchen Peace Times organisation. His kindness, compassion and continuous effort to promote the growth of the Buddhadharma, alternative healing, world peace and environmental healing has manifested in over 100 Inner Peace Education centres worldwide.
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