Born in the village of Drak-Jug (Brans-jug) Tibet on the 7th July 1941 and named Wangdu Gyelpo. His father was Dawa Phuntshog (Zla-ba Phun-tsog), his mother Pachok (Dpal-tshog). Drak-Jug is about fifty kilometres from the city of Shigatse and only about twelve kilometres form Gangchen Monastery.
Before he was five years old the boy Wangdu Gyelpo was recognised as the new incarnation Gangchen Sapen-la. Lama Gangchen was given the name of Lama Lopsang Trinley Yarphel Tulku Gangchen Rinpoche by his gurus in Tibet.
Lama Gangchen was installed in his monastery the Gangchen Choepel Monastery where he learned to read and write, to memorise texts. He lived a according to the strict monastic discipline, learning philosophy, dialectics, the fundamentals of the Tibetan Medicine, Tantra, secret healing methods and astrology.
At the age of ten Lama Gangchen moves to Tsang province in the south west of Tibet, where he continues his Buddhist studies at the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, which was founded in 1447 by Gendun Drubpa, the youngest and foremost disciple of Tsong-khapa. Tashi Lhunpo is the main seat of the Panchen Lama.
Whilst at Tashi Lhunpo, Lama Gangchen studied the five major sciences of logic, technology, medicine, grammar and Buddhist philosophy or dialectics, and the five minor sciences of poetry, astrology, synonyms, metrics, music and dance.
At the age of twelve he received the degree "Ka-chen" at Gangchen Cheopel monastery. This degree is awarded to a Buddhist scholar who passes the the preliminary examinations for a religious degree, this is generally only conferred after twenty years of study. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen Lama Gangchen continued his studies at the famous Tashi Lhunpo and Sera Universities.
Lama Gangchen received a diverse education, guided by the tutors who were themselves masters in their respective fields.
In 1963 Lama Gangchen went into exile, first to India, where in 1964 he attended the Varanasi Sanskrit University. Later in 1970, he was awarded a doctorate in Buddhist Studies (Geshe rigram degree) from the Sera-Me Monastic University, marking an extremely high level of spiritual and scholastic achievement.
According to the Tibetan Text The biography of Gangchen Rinpoche written by professor Yonten Gyatso (from Amdo Tibet) in 1986.
'Lama Gangchen is a profound scholar and a doctor of divinity, who has mastered the four classes of Tantras or the four Tantra sets.'
For the past 18 years Lama Gangchen has been working in Europe, revealing the ancient teachings of peace, and travelling all over the world on a mission of healing and peace. Speaking with countless people, actively promoting interfaith co-operation with inner and outer peace.
In 1992 The Lama Gangchen World Peace Foundation held its inaugural conference planting the seeds for inner and world peace. On the 24th March 1997 the LGWPF was officially affiliated to the United Nations and received NGO status.
If you would like to learn more about the life of Lama Gangchen I recommend that you get hold of a copy of his biography World Healer The Life Story of T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Dr. Natalia D. Bolsokhoyeva & Isthar Dotterer-Adler Peace Publications 1997 ISBN 888 685 9104
Peace Thoughts, Peace Events, Peace Smile, Everywhere Peace.
contact Do feel free to suggest ways that we could improve this site and please let us know if anything is not working. Created August 1999