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


Relief for Nepal Continues

Nepal Earthquake relief  (Lapchi)Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center would like to announce the following fundraising project sponsored by “North America Drikung Kagyu Association”:

“As you are all aware of the recent tragedy that shook Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has taken over 6000 lives and destroyed many homes leaving thousands homeless. Many remote villages have also been badly destroyed, Lapchi being one of them. We have been notified by the members of Lapchi association that almost all of the homes in Lapchi have been destroyed, along with roads, bridges, monastery and retreat homes. A few of the people have also been injured and they were brought down to Kathmandu to be admitted in the hospital.

Monastery in Lapchi

Our nonprofit charitable North America Drikung Kagyu Association has offered to raise funds for the recovery of Lapchi village and its people. All the donations will be sent directly to the Nechok Lapchi Kaguy Milarepa Association that takes care of the Lapchi yogis and villagers. Kindly pray for all who have suffered and donate towards his fund raising effort.”

All donations are greatly appreciated! Please make your check payable to GVBC, note “Lapchi project” in memo, and mail to GVBC (6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834) by 10/01/2015. GVBC will wire all donations directly to the dedicated bank account in Nepal.

In addition, Phag Dru Monastery, which was founded by Lamchen Gylapo Rinpoche in Nepal in order to provide advanced Drikung Kagyu teachings to sangha and retreatants, is also damaged in the earthquake. We will repair and renovate the damage next year after the estimate and planning. Please make your check payable to GVBC, note “Phag Dru Monastery” in memo, and mail to GVBC (6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834).

帕竹佛學研究院 (Phag Dru monastery) 4