Rinpoche' was the Abbot of Kumbum Monastery in Amdo, one of the
six great centers of Buddhism in Tibet. Born to Mongolian nomads
in Eastern Tibet, he is the reincarnation of the father of Tsongkhapa,
the founder of the Gelupa (Yellow Hat) Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
in Mongolian) is one of the most important religious leaders to
leave Tibet since the Dalai Lama fled into exile in 1959. He is
fluent in Tibetan, Chinese, and Mongolian, and since 1998, when
he moved to California, he has become quite adept at English as
well. In the year 2000, the Rinpoche established The Tibetan Center
for Compassion and Wisdom (TCCW) to preserve and celebrate Tibetan
language, arts, and to advance understanding of Tibetan Buddhism
in the West.
Rinpoche is the only Tibetan high lama of Mongolian descent. Since
a very early age, he has trained with lineage teachers, including
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Panchen Lama, from whom
he received many initiations and empowerments in sutric and tantric
Rinpoche is fluent in Tibetan, Chinese, and Mongolian languages
and has become quite adept at English as well. He regularly teaches
and leads meditations at the Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom
(TCCW) in Mill Valley and in Oakland, and has spoken to students
at all levels of education throughout San Francisco Bay Area. Since
1999 rinpoche is vegetarian.