Gangchen Rinpoche was born in Western Tibet in 1941. He was recognised at an early age as a reincarnate Lama healer and was enthroned at Gangchen Choepeling Monastery at the age of five. When he reached 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 in two of the major monastic universities of Tibet: Sera and Tashi Lhungpo. He also studied in Gangchen Gompa, Trophu Gompa and Neytsong Monastery.
He was a disciple of some of the most important Tantric Lamas in Tibet. In 1963, he went into exile to India where he continued his studies for the next seven years at the Varanasi Sanskrit University in Benares. In 1970, he received the “geshe rigram” degree (similar to a Ph. D.) from 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, during which time he saved the lives of many people and was named private physician to the Royal Family of Sikkim (for having cured the queen mother from a serious disease that was bringing her to total blindness).
In 1981, Lama Gangchen visited Europe for the first time and he established his first European centre: Karuna Choetsok in Lesbos, Greece, where he planted a bodhi tree in the 'Buddha Garden', and where he consecrated what was to become the first in a long line of World Peace Buddha Statues, thangkas and images.
Since 1982, he has traveled extensively world wide, both healing and teaching, leading many pilgrimages to some of the most important holy places of different religious and spiritual denominations in the world. His preceding reincarnations trace back to the seventh century. In those times he was known as the Mahasiddha Darikapa, the Mahasiddha Lakshminkara, the Princess Mahadevi, the great Tibetan translator Trophu Lotsawa and many other special beings who dedicated their lives to benefit beings.
Lama Gangchen is the holder of an ancient and unbroken lineage of Tantric Masters descending from Shakyamuni Buddha himself. His Ngalso Tantric Self-Healing of Inner Peace and Care for the Environment is based on Buddha's teachings but he has made them suitable for modern time. He is also the creator of the concept of Non-Formal Education and of the proposal for a Spiritual Forum in the United Nations.