It is with great sadness that we write to let you know the passing of Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche in the United States on the 15th of October, 2017. While mourning for our loss, the sangha and friends of the Gampopa Vajrahana Buddhist Center (GVBC) are undertaking the preparation of the cremation service according to Tibetan customs and Buddhist tradition. As of today, no specific date has been set. We nevertheless would like to share with you the latest arrangements and information.
Prior to Rinpoche’s passing, he gave the following instructions: cremation of his body should take place in the United States, and his relics be divided into seven parts to be sent to designated monasteries and centers in Tibet, Nepal, Taiwan and United States, where they could be installed in the stupa at each location.
Rinpoche was the eldest son of the aristocratic Nangchen family of Drongpa, one of the 25 ruling familiesfrom the last era in the Kham region of eastern Tibet. As is customary for all sovereignty leaders who passed away, offerings are to be made to the entire sangha in all monasteries under the family’s sovereignty, as well as to sangha in major monasteries in each of the Tibetan regions. In addition to following this custom, it is the wish of the GVBC to offer lights and request prayer services to monasteries in Tibet, Nepal, India and other places within 49 days of Rinpoche’s passing to dedicate the merits.
GVBC is in the process of raising money to achieve this aim, which is estimated to require about $200,000. We’d like to invite disciples from ten directions to support “Cremation Service and Memorial Fund ofLamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche”, which is set up specifically for this purpose. Should there be surplus in fund after the ceremony, it will be used to publish Gyalpo Rinpoche’s writings and collections of teachings in English and in Chinese.
The funeral and cremation ceremony of Gyalpo Rinpoche depends on the commitments and support from students and friends from all corners of the world. Your generous donations will make possible the timely realization of this aim and bring immense blessings to all involved. All supporters will receive a report detailing the event, expenses and names of contributors. Supporters can choose to remain anonymous, too.
Donations to the “Cremation Service and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche” could be made via the followings:
Check payable to “GVBC” (please specify “Gyalpo Cremation and Memorial”) and sent to:
GVBC, 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834.
Please contact Taipei Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center
Please use the following information for bank wiring
(Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the supporter’s name and wire amount after sending the wire. Thank you!):
Bank Name: PNC Bank
SWIFT Code: PNCCUS33
Routing Number: 031207607
PNC Bank NA
Bank Tel: (+1)800-762-2265
Account Name: Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center
Account Address: 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834
Account No.: 8027085901
May all complete the two accumulations and live in equanimity with no attachment.
The Sangha of Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center