Lama Gangchen Rinpoche was born in western Tibet in 1941.
He was quickly recognised to be a reincarnate Lama healer and was enthroned at Gangchen Choepeling Monastery at the age of five. At the age of twelve he received the “Kachen” degree, which is usually conferred after twenty years of study. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, he studied medicine, astrology, meditation and philosophy at two of the major monastic universities of Tibet: Sera and Tashi Lhumpo.
He also studied at Gangchen Gompa, Tropu Gompa and Neytsong Monastery. He was a disciple of some of the most important Gelugpa Lamas, for example, H.H. Trijhang Rinpoche. In 1963, he went into exile to India where he continued his studies for the following seven years at Varanasi Sanskrit University in Benares. In 1970, he received the Geshe Rigram degree (similar to a Ph.D) at Sera Monastic University situated in South India.
After his graduation, he worked as a Lama healer among the Tibetan communities in Nepal, India and Sikkim, where he cured and saved the lives of many people, and became private physician to the Royal Family.
In 1981, Lama Gangchen visited Europe for the first time and in the same year he also established his first European centre: Karuna Choetsok in Lesbos, Greece, where he planted a bodhi tree in the ‘Buddha Garden’ and consecrated what was to become the first in a long line of World Peace Buddha Statues, thankas and images. He later came to live in Italy and is now an Italian citizen.
Since 1982, he has travelled extensively, healing and teaching, leading many pilgrimages to some of the most important holy places of religious and spiritual denominations throughout the world.
For many years, Lama Gangchen has been promoting a very important project: the integration between Tibetan Medicine (a vast treasure for humankind, still unknown to many) with allopathic medicine.
T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche is the holder of an ancient and unbroken lineage of Tantric Masters dating from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. His “Ngalso Tantric Self Healing” is based on Buddha’s teachings and it has been developed to suit modern people. At present he has over 100 Inner Peace Education centres and NgalSo Self-Healing Study Groups worldwide.