Namchak Khen Rinpoche (Ngawang Gelek)

Namchak Khen Rinpoche (Ngawang Gelek), the brother and spiritual heir of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, the founder of The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, was born in Eastern Tibet in 1965. As a young monk, Khen Rinpoche studied all aspects of Buddhism, including ritual arts and chanting. Khen Rinpoche traveled to Mysore, India where he had the good fortune to meet His Holiness, Penor Rinpoche and begin studying at His Holiness’s Nyingma College, Namdrol Ling Shedra. He graduated after nine years as a Do-Ngag Rabjampa, Master of Sutra and Tantra, the highest academic degree.

Namchak Khen Rinpoche spends his time in Nepal and as resident Abbot at Ewam Sang-ngag Ling in Arlee, MT. During his months at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Khenpo gives weekly interpretive tours every Saturday during the warmer months. Annually, Khen Rinpoche teaches Shamatha, Ngöndro (the Preliminaries), Phowa (the transference of consciousness at death), Pema Traktung, and holds regular monthly tsok feasts on Guru Rinpoche and Dakini days, including Green Tara and Sangwa Yeshe. During the summer, he leads summer retreats, public talks all while presiding over the day-to-day Garden activities and maintenance.


Namchak Khenpo teaches at the Garden regularly and can be seen gardening and working on the grounds almost every day!