Lama Ganga

LAMA GANGA was born on July 13, 1931 at Ga Yul in Kham (eastern Tibet). He entered Thrangu Monastery at the age of thirteen. He studied extensively the fundamentals of the Tibetan dharma and memorized the scriptural foundation of Tibetan liturgy and rituals. He received monk's ordination as well as the Bodhisattva Vow and tantric precepts at age eighteen from His Holiness Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the Sixteenth Karmapa. For ten years, he meditated in retreat on the Six Yogas of Naropa. Later, in India, he attended the Seminary for the Four Sects of Tibetan Buddhism, and he enhanced his practice still further at Thimpu in Bhutan and at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.

In 1976, Lama Ganga came to the United States with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and eventually he was appointed to be Karma Triyana Dharmachakra's representative in California. In the early 1980's, Lama Ganga traveled to Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland to instruct students in a three-year retreat there, and subsequently he divided his efforts between California and Scotland, with an additional trip to Tibet in 1986 and 1987 with Thrangu Rinpoche.

The day of Lama Ganga's passing was also the anniversary of the Buddha's turning of the wheel of dharma. Lama Ganga's body remained in samadhi for five days following his death.

Tenzin Chonyi, President of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, communicated the following message to those who had known Lama Ganga:

"All students who received teachings or blessings from Lama Ganga should not feel sad, but rather should increase their practice and unite with Lama Ganga in the state of dharmakaya to receive his blessings for further progress toward enlightenment for the benefit of all beings." 

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