Voice from Brazil: Bridging East and West
Lama Michel, born in 1981, has been recognized by Lama Gangchen and many great lamas as a Tulku – the reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist Master. He has chosen to be born in Brazil not only in order to benefit the whole country and South America, but the whole of contemporary society. Lama Gangchen visited Brazil for the first in 1987, invited by Lama Michel’s parents - Bel and Daniel. From this encounter was born a strong connection with the whole family, who founded the first of many Dharma Centers under the guidance of Lama Gangchen: the ‘Shi De Choe Tsog’ Center. Over the years, contacts with Bel, Daniel and Lama Michel’s sister Fernanda have increasingly been strengthened. Spontaneously, at the age of twelve, Lama Michel decided to leave his ‘normal life’ in order to engage in a monastic life in the south of India where he lived for several years. He now resides between Italy and Brazil.
Lama Michel has repeatedly visited sacred sites in India, Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia, Mongolia and Tibet. During all these pilgrimages, he has had many intuitions, dreams and special visions. Lama Michel’s character and his altruistic attitude began then to manifest themselves in a traditionally Buddhist way. Great Lamas as Zopa Rinpoche, Daghiab Rinpoche and Gelek Rinpoche have confirmed that Lama Michel is the reincarnation of Drubchok Ghialwa Sandrup – a 15th century Lama from Gangchen Choepel Ling, a monastery in Tibet, at the beginning of Lama Tsong Khapa’s Ghelupa schooll, at the times of the first Dalai Lama. Panchen Zangpo Tashi, one of Lama Gangchen’s reincarnations, founded the Gangchen Choepel Ling monastery. His successor, the second regent of the throne, was Drubchok Ghialwa Sandrup – a great yogi and master who gave various philosophical teachings.
Lama Michel is really a special young man, and many people have noticed his pure energy – which is like the energy of Maitreya, the future Buddha of Love. His Tibetan name is Chiang Chub Choepel Lobsang Nientrak – which means the ‘Wise and famous Mind of enlightenment, who spreads the peace message of Dharma successfully’.