Jangtse Choje Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche
Born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. When he reemerged after exile from Tibet in 1959, he entered Sera Je Monastery at seventeen and obtained the highest honor of Geshe Lharampa degree in 1979 after debate examinations attended by the Dalai Lama and senior scholars.
Following this, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became master of discipline. Rinpoche also studied the esoteric teachings of the Mahayana tradition extensively while he was there. In 1985 His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him abbot of Gyume, a position he held for 6 years.
Since then he has taught widely in India and the West. He is currently Spiritual Director at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling in America.
View photos of Rinpoche teaching at the Abbey prior to his role as the Jangtse Choje.