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Gochen Tulku Sang ngag Rinpoche


Rinpoche is vajra master, founder and spiritual director of Ewam International centers around the world. He was born in 1952 in Chamdo, which is located in the Kham region of Tibet. In early childhood Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Gochen Tulku by the great rimé master Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893-1959), as well as by the former Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Gochen Tulku is an incarnation of Gyelwa Chokyang, one of the 25 heart disciples of Guru Rinpoche.


His family was one of the oldest in Tibet, known by the name Namchak, which means 'sky iron'. The Namchak family was responsible for maintaining Namchak Ritrö, the local monastery of Chumbo that was the historical hermitage of the great terchen Tsasum Lingpa. The third and fourth incarnations of Tsasum Lingpa were successively reborn into the Namchak family. It was Tsasum Lingpa who first predicted and named the site for Gochen Monastery, which was then built by the first Gochen Tulku, Gyalwa Gyatso.


Rinpoche, an outstanding meditation master and scholar, is a lineage holder of the Namchak lineage as well as one of the primary prophesied custodians and lineage holders of Terchen Pegyal Lingpa's fresh termas the Kusum Gongdue and Khandro Gongdue as well as many other profound and widely practiced lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is also widely regarded as a master stupa builder. He has established Turquoise Leaf, a practice center for Tibetan nuns in Nepal and Silguri, India.


Rinpoche’s vision of a peace garden in a mountainous valley came to him as a small child; eventually it led him to Montana to build the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, a sacred pilgrimage site and Buddhist center. His primary residence is in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he established the retreat and practice center, Pema Khandro Ling.

Rinpoche has been making annual visits to Ewam Kusum Ling since 2013. Helping us to establish our center and bestowing the empowerments and cycles of both Namchak Tsasum Lingpa and Terchen Pegyal Lingpa. 

*rimé - representing all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism

Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk


Khenpo has studied and practiced Buddhism since the age of 7. In 2001 he completed a nine-year course in Buddhist studies, receiving a Master’s degree (MA) in Buddhist Philosophy from the Nyingma Institute Taktse. After completing his studies he taught for several years and then, due to his exceptional scholarly ability, was appointed to be the Principal of the Nyingma Institute. In 2006, the title of Khenpo (equivalent to a PhD) was conferred upon him. An expert in the teachings and ritual practices of the Kusum Gongdue, Khenpo has been of invaluable service to Ewam and Ewam Kusum Ling, teaching and guiding students of all levels here in the West and at his centers in Taiwan and Bhutan. Khenpo has worked tirelessly to support and uphold the lineage of Terchen Pegyal Lingpa and been instrumental in bringing together huge yearly programs for Tulku Sang ngag Rinpoche at Ewam India. 


Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

Arlee, Montana 

Ewam International

Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism

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