A Tribute to H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche

Known the world over for his incredible work on peace and healing, H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche is also very famous for his stalwart, unwavering practice and promotion of Dorje Shugden’s precious practice. Unfortunately, he has been on the receiving end of much opposition and animosity in recent decades from people who are against the practice of Dorje Shugden. However, this has not stopped him in the slightest from continuing to make Dharma flourish in the world. In fact, the Lama Gangchen Peace Times organization and his student following only continues to increase globally, while Gangchen Rinpoche himself is strongly recognized by international bodies such as the United Nations and prominent figures around the world.

For more information about this great master, check out these links:

Lama Gangchen Rinpoche NgalSo Self Healing Chanting

His Eminence Gangchen Tulku Rinpoche visiting his Monastery and other sites in Tibet

His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche

Lama Gangchen Rinpoche – World Peace

Lama Gangchen Rinpoche Chenrezig Self Healing Chanting

Albagnano Healing Meditation Center (Gangchen Rinpoche’s center in Italy)

Lama Gangchen Peace Times

All of us at DorjeShugden.com make this virtual offering of a butterlamp to the incomparable master, His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche, requesting him to remain for another 1,000 years to continue turning the wheel of Dharma and benefiting countless beings.


H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche comes from a long incarnation lineage of highly accomplished practitioners, originating from the Mahasiddha Darikapa, one of the 84 famous Mahasiddhas. In Gangchen Rinpoche’s previous lives he was also the abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and for many incarnations, has had a tremendously close, affectionate and deep relationship with the line of Panchen Lamas, which continues to this day. In fact, Gangchen Rinpoche’s personal monastery in Tibet today is in Shigatse, very near the Panchen Lama’s own Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

When Gangchen Rinpoche visited his personal monastery and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet, tens of thousands of people came to receive blessings from him. It took three full days for Gangchen Rinpoche just to place his hands on the heads of every single blessing seeker.

Gangchen Rinpoche is well known for being a master of the Kalachakra tantra and for his closeness to the mystical land of Shambhala. Gangchen Rinpoche has taken rebirth, and resided and presided in Shambhala many times. In this current incarnation too, Gangchen Rinpoche is able to travel to Shambhala with his mind as easily as it is for us to book a ticket to any destination in the world. Gangchen Rinpoche is also famous for being very close to various enlightened female energies called dakinis who often speak to him, sing tantric songs of emptiness to him and also offer certain teachings.

Not only is Gangchen Rinpoche a master of the Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras, but he has also fully accomplished the Medicine Buddha practice so that he has become one with the Medicine Buddha. Gangchen Rinpoche creates blessing pills and blessed water that are world-famous for healing the most stubborn of problems, afflictions and diseases. Many people who have had cancer have been healed by Gangchen Rinpoche, combining his blessed methods with the use of traditional western medicine. In the Tibetan tradition, it is believed that to see, feel and visualize Gangchen Rinpoche or to be in his presence is equal to being in the presence of Medicine Buddha himself. Gangchen Rinpoche is recognized the world over for his incredible healing abilities and, from time to time, for the show of open, Mahasiddha, miraculous powers.

Gangchen Rinpoche has a huge and lovely residence in Nepal, which was built upon a land that was dry and without any water source. Upon arriving on the site, Gangchen Rinpoche urinated on a spot upon this land and within a few days, from that very source, spring water sprung forth. To this day, many are still enjoying clean, clear, unlimited water from the place that Gangchen Rinpoche had blessed.

Wherever he travels, people often see rainbows or double rainbows appearing over his residence – a very auspicious sign to announce the arrival of a great being and to show that the nature and land gods are very pleased that he is there.

In fact, Gangchen Rinpoche is very much known for his extensive work to heal the environment and bring positivity to the planet, encompassing all beings and nature. He has travelled all over the world crossing Asia, Indonesia, Eastern and Western Europe, South America and North America, planting peaceful naga wealth-increasing vases in the land, in the forests, under the ground and in the oceans. These are to appease a set of beings called nagas who could create potentially catastrophic dangers throughout our planet. On his own volition, Gangchen Rinpoche created these naga vases and planted them all around the world to appease these beings in order to bring about world peace. In one year, on his mission of peace, he travelled to 22 countries to do this.

The warmth, the kindness and the many years that H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche has contributed to the growth of Buddhadharma all over the world is attested by his hundreds of students who have been touched by his compassion and deep sense of responsibility to the environment and its denizens.

Today, Gangchen Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the international Lama Gangchen Peace Times organization which does wonderful work to promote peace through diverse means around the world, affecting millions of beings everywhere.

A young Gangchen Rinpoche (right) with his Guru H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

Gangchen Rinpoche with the incarnation of his teacher, Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, who he also enjoys a very close relationship with in this lifetime

Gangchen Rinpoche with his closest disciple, Lama Michel, also recognized as a reincarnated lama from a very young age

Gangchen Rinpoche recites prayers everywhere he goes, especially for the peace of the environment

Gangchen Rinpoche is famous for his powerful pilgrimages and prayers at Borobudur, Indonesia. He is said to have built this sacred site in one of his previous lives

Lama Gangchen Rinpoche has been highly respected within the United Nations and enjoyed close relations with former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Gangchen Rinpoche is a great proponent of inter-faith harmony. Here he is with the late Pope John Paul II

Gangchen Rinpoche is often invited to special events by many Buddhist practitioners of other traditions

Promoting inter-tradition and inter-cultural harmony between Buddhists

Joining in the religious ceremonies and gatherings of other religions, to promote world peace and understanding

Gangchen Rinpoche also enjoys a close relationship with Chinese leaders and has been very successful in bringing Dharma back to the people of Tibet and China

Gangchen Rinpoche is loved the world over for his gentle, jovial nature

Having enjoyed a close relationship with the Panchen Lamas for many incarnations, Gangchen Rinpoche was also known for his strong friendship with the previous 10th Panchen Lama

Doing prayers and rites to bless the environment

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  1. Thank you for this wonderful article on H.H. Gangchen Rinpoche. I’ve always admired Rinpoche for his peacework. He is one of those great teachers and spiritual leaders who work incessantly for world peace. He is respected internationally and travels all over the world to promote inter-faith harmony. It is always a blessing to see his holy face, even though not in person. Therefore, I’m very grateful to the Admin of this website for providing information on Gangchen Rinpoche. I enjoy reading the articles in this series on “Tributes to great masters”. Please keep up the good work.

  2. It is about time a tribute to Gangchen Rinpoche is made to recognise this great master who has been giving to all around the world. His blessings and healing abilities are well known. Just because he is a Dorje Shugden practitioner, he is one of the most wanted Lama by the Chinese government. But this did stop him from spreading world peace and Buddhism. THank you for posting this article and I love all the pictures.

  3. Thanks to DS.com for the wonderful article on H.H. Gangchen Rinpoche, the articles are very informative and knowledgeable.

    Thanks to Gangchen Rinpoche, to be one of the great teachers and spiritual leaders to work for world peace. His spirit to promote Dorje Shugden is very much admirable.

  4. Very informative article about H.H Gangchen Rinpoche. It is good to know that there these high lamas still exist and continuing turning the wheel of Dharma. To be such a great master to go againts the odds to uphold the Dorje Shugden practice is very admirable. Traced all the way back to be one of the 84 great Mahasidhas, trully a compassionate being to take rebirths countless times to benefit all sentioent beings. Thank you.

  5. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche has emerged both within the Buddhist world and also internationally as a figurehead of peace and kindness. Rinpoche’s works in the areas of healing and also in promoting world peace through Rinpoche’s diversed avenues of reaching out to people such as publications, music and alternative healing meditations.

    Rinpoche has faced much challenges from the Tibetan community especially with the Dorje Shugden issue. But this has not stopped Rinpoche from bringing benefit to people on the whole. Rinpoche now serves as a leading role of senior Gelugpa lamas who nurtures younger lamas to shine the torch of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings everywhere.

  6. May truth prevail.italychampatogme Claudio cipullo

  7. Gangchen Rinpoche innovated the angle of Dharma to fit the modern global society by delivering the Dharma with a stronger humanity tone. Speaking about world peace and holistic living opened the minds of a whole new group of students. Despite his “new” way of delivering the Dharma, core aspects remain authentic, hence attracting students who seek the wisdom and compassion teachings of Lord Buddha himself. Gangchen Rinpoche is a true Hero of Dharma who stands firm to uphold the lineage but also completely compassionate to deliver it in a manner that is “familiar” to modern global society.

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.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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