was born in 1950 in the Kham region of eastern Tibet. He was recognized at an early age by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa
as a 3rd incarnation of Terchen Barway Dorje*
. Rinpoche fled Tibet when he was 9 years old as a result of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. He traveled to India on foot with other family members, most of whom did not survive the journey. At Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, Rinpoche received his formal training as a tulku (i.e., an incarnate lama who chooses to be reborn in order to be of benefit to sentient beings) under the guidance of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. In 1977, Rinpoche came to New York at the request of the 16th Karmapa to help establish Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the Karmapa's seat in the U.S. Bardor Tulku Rinpoche now focuses his activities on Kunzang Palchen Ling (KPL), his center in Red Hook, New York.
Kunzang Palchen Ling is a center of teachings and practice open to all schools of Buddhadharma, and as such offers dharma teachings by resident and visiting lamas. It is also a venue for the preservation, study, and practice of the treasure teachings** of Terchen Barway Dorje.
*Terchen Barway Dorje lived at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. He was a student of the 9th Tai Situ Rinpoche, 14th Karmapa, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, and many other masters of his time. Enthroned at, and initially closely associated with, Surmang Monastery, he later devoted a good portion of his life to the reviving of the endangered teachings of the Barom Kagyu. He is revered as a treasure revealer--a yogi who discovered mystical teachings of Guru Padmasambhava. Toward the end of his life, Terchen Barway Dorje established Raktrul Monastery.
**A tradition of terma or treasures is an important aspect of the vajrayana teachings. Treasure teachings practiced in Tibetan Buddhism are hidden teachings of Guru Padmasambhava that were discovered at an appropriate time by treasure revealers (tertons) such as Terchen Barway Dorje.