About Kangyur Rinpoche Lobsang Chophel
His Eminence Kangyur Rinpoche Lobsang Choephel was born in 1920 in Tibet, in a small village called Medoe Chumba (near Lhasa). Since a child, Rinpoche behaved rather differently from other children. He did little play and spent most of his time doing prayers and pujas; he also chooses to wear only yellow and red-colored clothes. At the tender age of 9, Rinpoche became a monk in the renowned monastic university - Gaden Shartse Monastery in Tibet.
Shartse Monastery provided Rinpoche his foundational studies of Tibetan
Grammar, and he grew up focusing on the study of various Buddhist
philosophies. Rinpoche received many precious lineage teachings from
highly-realised Masters such as Kyabje Trijiang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling
Rinpoche; and practised meditation under their guidance.
1959 due to the Chinese occupation, Rinpoche escaped to India. There,
he lived in a hill station called Dalahousie, and together with other
monks of Gaden Shartse, they continued their practice of daily prayer
rituals as they would perform in the Monastery. Rinpoche also continued
his studies and received many teachings from his Guru, the great Lama –
Kyabje Panang Rinpoche, and devoted most of his time in the intensive
practice of Lam Rim
Turning the Wheel of Dharma
In 1974, by the request of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama,
Rinpoche went to Kennour (near Spiti, India) to impart the teachings of
the Buddhist scripture – Kangyur, to further spread Buddhism there.
Geshe-la gave the oral transmission of the Kangyur teachings for a whole
duration of ten months, and on the last day, His Holiness the 14th
Dalai Lama visited Kennour personally - as deeply wished by all
villagers. Rejoicing in the unfaltering effort and commitment to
teaching, His Holiness conferred the title of “Kangyur Rinpoche” upon
1975, Rinpoche undertook examinations and got the Geshe degree. In
1976, Rinpoche was specially selected to represent Gaden Shartse
Monastery in the World Tour – together with 8 other monks. That was the
first World Tour that Monastery ever organized, and the monks spent
nearly a year traveling various Western countries to spread the Buddha’s
teachings, Tibetan culture as well as performed prayer rituals.
was also specially nominated by Kyabje Trijiang Rinpoche to undertake
the position of the Abbot of Gaden Choeling Nunnery in Macloganc,
Dharamsala. He held abbotship for 15 years, and due to his dedicated
effort and wisdom in managing the welfare of the Nunnery, their
education system has since developed and improved tremendously.
had always wanted to stay in spiritual retreat for his whole lifetime.
However, because he was a very rarely skilled talent in healing
practices, His Holiness had specially requested for Rinpoche to
undertake retreats of a few months each year only. This would enable
Rinpoche to continue healing and caring for the sick patients who flock
in search of his name.
Rinpoche is 90 years old and resides permanently in Dharamsala. Many
centers from all over the world have requested for Rinpoche to visit,
but due to age, Rinpoche declined to travel. Hence this time Dro-Phen
Ling is truly honoured that Rinpoche has most compassionately agreed to
visit our centre. We are calling out to all of you (or people whom you
know) who have encountered any of the above-mentioned problems. This is
an exclusive visit especially to help and benefit the people of
Singapore, hence do treasure this opportunity to seek His blessings and