Cremation Ceremony of Venerable Drikung Lamchen Drongpa Gyalpo Rinpoche

The Cremation Ceremony of Venerable Drikung Lamchen Drongpa Gyalpo Rinpoche October 27, 2017 was recorded. Please click here to view on You Tube.



Special Practice Days in November & December 2017


11/10/2017 (Friday)

Lord Buddha’s Descent from Heaven (the 22nd of the 9th month)

November 10, 2017 is an anniversary date of Lord Buddha’s Descent from the Heaven.   It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on this special day, so we would like to suggest you to recite Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deedson this auspicious holy date to accumulate merit and benefits.

 12/22/2017 (Friday)

The first day of Winter

 We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra”.

  12/31/2017 (Sunday)

The last day of 2017

 We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra”.

Thank you to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us abreast of these special practice days for the benefit of all.

Cremation Ceremony of Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche

Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, spiritual leader of the Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center of Danville, NJ, and Taipei, Taiwan, and accomplished scholar of the Drigung Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, passed away on the 15th of October, 2017 in Denville, NJ. Following both Tibetan customs and Buddhist tradition, His cremation ceremony will take place on Friday, the 27th of October, 2017from 9 am to 1 pm

, at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Reception immediately follows at 1: 30 pm at Sakura Grill & Supreme Buffet in East Hanover, NJ.

Donations in His memory could be sent to the “Cremation Ceremony and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche”, Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center, 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ, 07834, USA.


Detailed Information

Cremation Ceremony Site:

The Chapel of Somerset Hills Memorial Park
95 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Phone: 908-766-0522

(Should parking space is not available in the parking lot, please park on roadside near the building.)

Ceremony Schedule:

9 am-1 pm:      Prayers, Puja and Cremation service.

1:30pm:           Reception

Sakura Grill & Supreme Buffet

240 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936


*Please refrain from wearing jeans, sneakers or flip flops

Cremation Service and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche

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.

In Taiwan

Please contact Taipei Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center


Other Countries

Please use the following information for bank wiring

(Please send an email to with the supporter’s name and wire amount after sending the wire.  Thank you!):

Bank Name: PNC Bank


Routing Number: 031207607 

Bank Address:


500 First Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA

MailStop P7PFSC03W

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.

Sincerely Yours,


The Sangha of Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center

Special Days in June 2017

6/09/2017 (Friday)

Anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Enlightment & Parinirvana (the 15th of the 4th month)

On June 9th, 2017, it is the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Enlightment and Parinirvana.  

We also would like to suggest you to recite Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra and ‘The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds.

It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on this special day, so practice is strongly advised.

6/21/2017 (Wednesday)

The first day of Summer

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra“.

We appreciate Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for the reminders of these auspicious dates. May all sentient beings benefit.

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center invites devotees worldwide to join us on this very special occasion to celebrate the life and 80th birthday of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche.  It is a unique opportunity to experience gratitude, devotion and celebrate the occasion as a community together.

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche is the descent of the unbroken Royal Lineage of the MHUK- PO- DONG, which goes back several centuries in Tibetan history and he has made enormous contributions to both Tibetan culture and to Tibetan Buddhism.  He is revered and beloved by His followers. He is one of the longest living members of the NANGCHEN DRONGPAS in history.

Therefore, to commemorate the occasion of His 80th birthday, we sincerely invite you to join The Long Life Mandala Offering on July 8th, 2017 at 10 am at St. Pius X Church.

No Fee. Donations are appreciated. Vegetarian Lunch will be provided on that date (If you have special diet needs or allergies or wish to eat elsewhere, there is a variety of restaurants in the area). Please register by June 1st, 2017.

Location St. Pius X Church, 24 Changebridge Road Montville, NJ 07045


email: TEL: (973)586-2756