Lama Michel Rinpoche, born in 1981, was recognised by Lama Gangchen Rinpoche and many great lamas as a tulku, a reincarnation of a Tibetan buddhist lama, who chose to be reborn in Brasil to benefit that country, all South America and the entire modern society.
Lama Gangchen was invited to visit Brasil in 1987 by Bel and Daniel, Lama Michel’s parents. Strong ties were formed with the whole family, who founded the first of many Dharma Centres under the guide of Lama Gangchen: the “Shi De Chöe Tsog” Centre.
Over the years, the bond with Bel, Daniel and Fernanda, Lama Michel’s sister, have strengthened even more. At the age of twelve, Lama Michel decided spontaneously to abandon a “normal” life to undertake a monastic life in southern India.
Lama Michel Rimpoche has travelled many times to sacred places in India, Nepal, Indonesia, Cambogia, Mongolia and Tibet. During these journeys, he has had many intuitions, dreams and special visions. His character and generous nature began to show in the traditional Buddhist way.
Great Lamas like Zopa Rinpoche, Dagyab Rinpoche and Ghelek Rinpoche have confirmed that Lama Michel is the reincarnation of Drubchok Gyawal Sandrup, a Lama of Gangchen Chöpel Ling, a monastery in Tibet. During the XV century at the time of the first Dalai Lama and the beginning of Lama Tsong Khapa’s Ghelupa school, Panchen Zangpo Tashi, one of Lama Gangchen’s incarnations, founded Gangchen Chöpel Ling monastery. His successor, the second regent of the throne, was Drubchok Gyawal Sandrup, great yoghi and master who gave many philosophical teachings.
Lama Michel Rinpoche is a very special person. Many people have seen his energy as pure as that of Maitreya, the future Buddha of Compassion. His Tibetan name is Chang Chub Chopel Lobsang Nyetrab, which means Wise and Famous Mind of Enlightenment which Spreads Dharma Successfully.