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We are excited to announce the launch of LIFE WITH A LAMA HEALER, a transformative podcast that delves into the extraordinary life of Lama Gangchen Tulku Rinpoche, a renowned Tibetan Lama, healer and humanitarian.


Join Host Lelia O’Connor and her guests as they share remarkable stories of what it was like to live, work and travel with a living Buddha. You’ll hear first-hand accounts of personal healings and pilgrimages to exotic sacred places like Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal and Borobudur temple, as well as how to develop inner peace and deep discussion about the power of compassion. Be inspired by these insightful, mind-blowing, funny, precious stories about one of the greatest Tibetan masters and healers.

Explore practical applications of self-healing meditations, how to overcome stress, anxiety and fear, and learn what’s possible when we practice the inner peace teachings of the Buddha. Embark on a transformative journey with us towards living a life filled with greater joy, peace, and wisdom.


Participate in future episodes by submitting your questions and personal stories here!



EPISODE 23: Healing Heart and Mind: Thonla Sonam's Wisdom

June 8, 2024

Today we join with Cláudia Proushan, an accomplished artist, writer and photographer from São Paulo, Brazil, who holds a Fine Arts degree from FAAP and studied Chinese painting in Paris. Focusing on art and spirituality, her books “Lights of the Galilea” and “Tibet, in the Heart of the Himalayas’ beautifully feature her stunning photographs ….

EPISODE 22: Healing Heart and Mind: Thonla Sonam's Wisdom

May 13, 2024

Today, we are super happy to be talking with Thonla Sonam who was born in Tibet and is Lama Gangchen’s nephew. He founded a Tibetan incense business in Nepal and in 1999, he moved to Milan at Lama Gangchen’s request where he and his wife founded a beautiful shop called Tibet Milano selling goods from the Himalayas. These days Thonla ….

EPISODE 21: Bodhisattva's Calling: Jeanne Gregory's Compassionate Actions

March 25, 2024

Today we delve into the inspiring journey of Jeanne Gregory, from London, England. Introduced to Lama Gangchen in 1995, Jeanne’s path as a nurse and pain therapist intersected profoundly with Lama’s teachings. Despite being a single mother of six, she embraced the dharma wholeheartedly, leading to the establishment of a ….

EPISODE 20: Dreams, Blessings, and Love: Betty Voon's Path with Lama Gangchen

March 1, 2024

This week, we are delighted to have Betty Voon on the show, a native of Malaysia. Her journey with Lama Gangchen began in the 1990s at the age of 18. A year later, she sought Lama to be her teacher, initiating a lifelong commitment to studying and collaborating on foundation activities. Known for her kindness and ….

EPISODE 19: Life to Life, Tuning into Peace: Monica's Profound Connection with Lama Gangchen

February 11, 2024

Today, we’re honored to have Monica Benvenuti with us. Born in Brazil, she traveled to Italy in the 1980s, meeting Lama Gangchen and being deeply inspired by his healing energy. She then traveled from Brazil to India to study with Lama and began helping him with his patients. Profoundly moved by Lamas’ ….

EPISODE 18: Healing Beyond Boundaries: Ara's Inspirational Path of Overcoming Illness and Finding Joy

January 22, 2024

Today we are joined by Ara ​​Tokatyan, a native Californian and daughter of artists, who embodies wisdom and joy, offering profound insights into living a fully vital life in the face of chronic illness. Her journey led her to Milan, where she met Lama Gangchen Rinpoche and Lama Michel. In our conversation, Ara shares….

EPISODE 17: Colors of Enlightenment: Duccio's Sacred Brush

December 11, 2023

Today we are happy to introduce you to Leonardo ‘Duccio’ Ceglie. Trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Duccio’s artistic odyssey took a divine turn in 1984 when he encountered Lama Gangchen Rinpoche at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Pomaia, Italy. Duccio’s sacred art, spanning over three decades, adorns ….

EPISODE 16: Unlocking Tibetan Wisdom: Dr. Tsetan's Healing Legacy

November 11, 2023

This week, we delve into the profound life journey of Dr. Tsetan, born in Dakshug Village, Tibet, and a close relative of Lama Gangchen. Growing up within the nurturing embrace of Lama Gangchen’s family, Dr. Tsetan gained unique access to Lama Gangchen’s wisdom and healing practices. Raised in a traditional Buddhist household, he imbibed the ….

EPISODE 15: A Mother, Healer, and Teacher: Bel Cesar's Remarkable Life with Lama Gangchen

October 27, 2023

Today, we are privileged to introduce you to a remarkable individual, Bel Cesar, whose spiritual journey is nothing short of extraordinary. Bel, the mother of Lama Michel and the founder of the very first Lama Gangchen meditation center in Brazil and in the west, has dedicated her life to the profound teachings of Lama Gangchen Rinpoche. Bel’s journey ….

EPISODE 14: Service, Meditation and Healing: Toet de Best's Remarkable Life

October 16, 2023

Toet de Best, a lifelong resident of the picturesque Netherlands. Toet’s life story is a tapestry woven with threads of spirituality, service, and profound connections. For over three decades, she traveled the world alongside Lama Gangchen, a journey that weaves an incredible tale of spiritual growth, self-discovery, and compassion. As a dedicated volunteer, she played an ….

EPISODE 13: A Life of Service, Walking the Spiritual Path with Francesco and Lama Gangchen

September 29, 2023

Francesco Prevosti has had the great fortune to devote his entire life to the spiritual path. He has played a pivotal role in establishing several Buddhist centers, including the renowned Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Pomaia, Italy, Nalanda Monastery in France, and the Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre. His spiritual path into Buddhism and …

EPISODE 12: Transforming Anxiety to Empowerment, A Journey of Growth and Healing with Lama Gangchen

September 15, 2023

Maria Cristina Quintili, a resident of Italy is a career teacher with Italy’s Ministry of Education and Montessori education for special needs children. Proficient in multiple languages, she’s dedicated decades to volunteering at the Albagnano Healing Meditation Center (AHMC), where she serves as a chant leader, translator, Tibetan meditation and …

EPISODE 11: Multi Faith Values in Business and Life: Yogesh Madhvani's Journey of Wisdom, Success and Resilience

September 1, 2023

In this edition, we delve into the inspiring journey of Yogesh Madhvani, the Chairman and CEO of SimplexDiam Inc., a New York-based company. With over 33 years as an entrepreneur, Yogesh has navigated a diverse range of industries, from textiles to diamonds. He has successfully managed and nurtured various aspects of the diamond and …

EPISODE 10: Miriam Chavas: A Diplomat's Path to Inner Peace and Peaceful Solutions

August 18, 2023

Miriam Charvas is a career diplomat from Argentina. Miriam’s background in international relations and political science led her to serve as a diplomat in various locations, including Brazil, Geneva, and Germany. However, her life took a profound turn in 2008 when she embarked on a journey into Tibetan Buddhism. Today, Miriam joins us to share …

EPISODE 9: Alfredo Sfeir-Younis Unveiled: Wisdom from Time Spent with Lama Gangchen PART 2

August 9, 2023

In this highly anticipated episode, we continue our captivating conversation with the extraordinary Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, as he shares his profound experiences and insights from his time with Lama Gangchen. In part two, we delve into fascinating topics, such as Lama Gangchen’s pivotal role in rebuilding his monastery and surrounding communities in Tibet …

EPISODE 8: The Path to a Peaceful Planet: A Conversation with a Visionary Economist - Alfredo Sfeir-Younis PART 1

August 4, 2023

Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, a visionary environmental economist and a devoted student of Lama Gangchen, has made a remarkable impact on the fields of human rights, peace, and social justice during his long and distinguished career at the World Bank as the institution’s first environmental economist. He was the Director of the World Bank Office in Geneva …

EPISODE 7: Transforming Perspectives: Overcoming Adversity and Inspiring Others with Jose Maria Arrocena and Lama Gangchen

July 21, 2023

Our guest today is Jose Maria Arrocena, a remarkable individual with an inspiring story of resilience and personal transformation. Jose Maria, originally from Spain, grew up in the Basque country and later settled in Malaga, Spain. Tragedy struck when he was involved in a devastating accident that left him paralyzed. However, instead of succumbing to despair …

EPISODE 6: Healing through Music: Discovering Inner Peace with Simona Eugenelo & United Peace Voices

July 19, 2023

Simona Eugenelo is a renowned singer and musician, known for her work with the United Peace Voices. She has been a dedicated student of Lama Gangchen Rimpoche, and her journey with him has been transformative. From organising activities and teachings in Bologna, Italy, to travelling the world with Lama and …

EPISODE 5: Enlightenment in the Modern Form: Franco Ceccarelli's Adventures to Sacred Places and the Pursuit of Serenity with Lama Gangchen

July 10, 2023

Today, we have the pleasure of hosting Franco Ceccarelli, a long-time sponsor and supporter of Lama Gangchen’s humanitarian projects and Dharma centers worldwide. Originally from Milan, Franco graduated with a degree in economics and embarked on a successful entrepreneurial career. In 1987, he met Lama Gangchen and developed a profound …

EPISODE 4: Nurturing the Legacy: A Father's Journey to Love and Wisdom

July 10, 2023

Danny Calmanowitz is the father of Lama Michelle, who is the successor for Lama Gangchen Ripoche, passing on the legacy and all his teachings, and now is the head of Lama’s for all the different foundations and projects from Lama Gangchen. Danny met Lama in 1987 in Sao Paolo, Brazil and traveled with him …

EPISODE 3: Lama Caroline Part Two: Lama Caroline Sharing Lama Gangchen’s Roadmap to Inner Peace

July 10, 2023

Today we continue our captivating conversation, Part 2 with Lama Caroline. In our previous episode, we explored Lama Caroline’s deep connection with Lama Gangchen and the wisdom she gained from their collaboration. In this episode, we delve into Lama …

EPISODE 2: Lama Caroline Part One: Illuminating the Path of Lama Gangchen's Teachings

July 7, 2023

Lama Caroline is a lineage holder and one of the successors to Lama Gangchen, along with Lama Michel. She has dedicated over 30 years of her life to studying and working with Lama Gangchen, collaborating as his main translator and documenting his teachings in numerous books and transcripts. Lam a…

EPISODE 1: Compassion in Action: Jan De Ruiter's Inspiring Story of Integrating Spirituality & Business

July 7, 2023

Jan De Ruiter is a dedicated spiritual practitioner whose journey was shaped by his time with Lama Gangchen Rinpoche. His founding of the Dharma Centre in Holland and his generous business practices with his company Mani Bhadra & Phoenix Imports are a shining example of positive business practices …


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