Hungtram Khen Rinpoche was born in 1982 into the historic family of Hungtram Labrang Lineage, in the hidden and remote village called Sheri, which is located high up in the Himalayan Mountains in Mukot, Upper Dolpo region, Nepal.
He began to accompany his late great-grandfather and late grandfather on their retreats when he was only four years old and received his inceptive education as a small boy from both grandfathers.
At the age of nine, he accompanied his elder brother Ven Sey Namkha Dorje to Kathmandu where he attended the Shree Mangal Div Boarding High School. However, the young boy wasn’t contented with only receiving conventional education and insistently expressed his wish to study in a monastic institute and become a Lama.
Consequently, the late Kushok Tsechu Rinpoche, Lama Dawa Choedark and his maternal uncle took him to see H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. H.H. made a divination and advised that the young boy should be sent to the Shechen Monastery within one week. With great joy, the young boy began his studies at the Shechen Monastery.
in rites and rituals in the Shechen Monastery in 1996. Later that year he enrolled in the disciplines had spiritually nurtured him with great care. He completed his primary and secondary monastic education and traditional H.H. Shechen Rabjam RinpocheDuring his studies at the Shechen Monastery, Shechen Philosophical College for Higher Buddhist Studies where he studied Advanced Buddhist Philosophy in Sutrayana and Tantrayana Buddhism, and the Internal and External Sciences known in the Buddhist Tradition.
He did exceptionally well in all his studies and had always achieved the first position and first division marks. Due to his academic excellence, he was appointed as a teacher when he was still a student. Initially, he taught at the Shechen Monastic Shedra as the Junior Lecturer (Kyorpon) for four years and then as the Senior Lecturer at the Shechen Shedra for several years. He also served as the Nepalese Buddhist Master to teach Nepalese Buddhist Communities and various Nepalese-speaking societies in both Nepal and Northern India.
He graduated with distinction from the Shechen Philosophical College and received the “Holder of Definitive Teachings” (equivalent to an MA degree) from H.H. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and also achieved the title of Khenpo (the highest scholar degree as equivalent to a PhD professor) from the Shechen Monastic University.
H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, H.H. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, H.H. Drupwang Penor Rinpoche, H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, H.H. Mindroling Trichen Rinpoche, H.H. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Yangthang Rinpoche, H.H. has received a wide range of Buddhist Teachings from many great Masters namely Palyul Lhatrul Garwang Nyima Rinpoche and H.H. the Dalai Lama.
He also serves as the Nepalese Translator to numerous great Masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, H.H. Drupwang Penor Rinpoche and H.H. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche on many special occasions.
In 2007, the UK Ministry of Defense officially appointed him as the Buddhist Religious Leader for the British Army Force.
H.H. Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche was delighted on hearing this news and said: “It’s a historic achievement. You may be predestined to serve in the fields. As an auspicious symbol, I am giving you this blessed statue of Green Tara. May your activities flourish”.
In 2010, he visited Afghanistan and played a vital role in promoting mutual understanding and harmony within the multi-faith society and made special Aspiration Prayers for World Peace. As recognition of his invaluable contribution His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, greeted him with the Appreciation Medal in both 2011.
Hungtram Khen Rinpoche has helped to establish the Buddhist Community Centre UK (BCCUK), the first Buddhist Monastery for particularly Nepalese Buddhist followers, and all the Buddhists practitioners. Rinpoche has since then been the Buddhist Spiritual Director for BCCUK.
Recently, Hungtram Khen Rinpoche has founded Gakar Foundation UK in order to promote awareness and the needs of Dolpo children’s education and healthcare. He works tirelessly and selflessly with all his efforts to preserve and promote Buddha dharma for harmony and peace. He offers the best he can to benefit all sentient beings.