Close to my birthplace, in the region known as Taklung, was the prominent Taklung Tse monastic center affiliated with Thubten Dorje Drak, the seat of the Northern Treasure (Jang Ter) Nyingma dharma tradition.
In the 19th century, the great Khenpo Namkha Longyang from Dorje Drak recognized an ordinary monk from the monastery as the incarnation of Ngok Chosku Dorje. That tulku continued to study and train as an ordinary monk, and eventually became the Vajracarya of the monastery.
It is said that the special protector of Ngok, the glorious goddess Dudsolma, pledged her service to him. His reincarnation also moved up through the ranks of the ordinary monks to become the Acarya, but departed for the pure realms at a young age. The ninth Dodrak Rigdzin, Choswang Nyamnyid Dorje, in accordance with a meditation vision, identified me as the next rebirth.
I arrived at Taklung Tse monastery and received my first ordination when I was five years old, as well as the title and enthronment of a tulku. When I was eight years old I was given my dharma seat at the mother monastery Thubten Dorje Drak. I studied and became proficient in all of the monastic arts and rituals.
When I was fifteen, the elder Khenpo from Gotsa monastery, who was a personal disciple of the previous Dodrak Rigdzin, gave the empowerments and transmissions of the Jang Ter lineage to the current, great Dodrak Rigdzin, Namdrol Gyatso. At that time I most humbly was able to receive most of these empowerments and transmissions, as well as other dzogchen instructions.
From the retreat master at Mindroling and from the previous Lalung Sungtrul Rinpoche, I received most empowerments and transmissions for the treasures of Padma Lingpa, and from Golok Chewo Rinpoche I received all the transmissions for the seven great treasuries and other teachings of the omniscient Longchen Rabjam.
At Dorje Drak I received all of the empowerments and transmissions for the higher and lower Jang Ter treasure teachings, as well as Kama (oral teachings, and instructions on mind nature. I became the Khenpo of Dodrak monastery for several years, and then was requested to return to my own Taklung monastery.
On the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha's paranirvana I went on pilgrimage to India with my family. Circumstances worsened from year to year in Tibet until it became impossible to remain there; and so, in 1959, some companions and I stole away at night, leaving our homeland, until we reached India, making our way to Sikkim, where I stayed for 2 years.
In Kalimpong, I received the entire empowerments and transmissions of the Great Terma Treasury and the Nyingma Kama, as well as some of the dharma treasures of Dudjom Lingpa, from Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche.
In Bhutan, from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche I received transmissions for the collected teachings of Mipham Rinpoche, and empowerments and transmissions for the Heart Essence of Longchenpa, and other dzog chen practices and tantras.
Later I went to a new Tibetan refugee settlement in Simla, India, where in the years that followed I worked with the community, local and state government officials, and the office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to found a new Dorje Drak monastic seat in exile, to preserve, foster and expand the teachings of the Jang Ter lineage,
I have offered the Jang Ter, and other dharma empowerments and transmissions at the direction of prominent lamas of different lineages at various monasteries in Bhutan, India and Nepal, including Namkha'i Nyingpo Rinpoche in Bhutan, Kyabje Penor Rinpoche in Mysore, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen monastery in Nepal.