Tenzin Choegyal, Ngari Rinpoche

Tenzin ChoegyalTenzin Choegyal is the youngest brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He
was born in Lhasa in 1946, and at the age of four was recognized as the 15th Ngari Rinpoche. Rinpoche began his monastic education in Lhasa at Drepung Monastery in 1953 at the age of 7 and remained there until he fled Lhasa with the Dalai Lama and his family in 1959. Rinpoche enrolled in St. Joseph’s College in Darjeeling, India, from which he graduated in 1969. Also in 1969, Rinpoche left the monastic order and spent the next two years studying in India and abroad. In 1971, Rinpoche joined the Central Tibetan Administration (Tibetan Government in Exile), where he remained until 1988, with a two year break to serve in the Tibetan Unit of the Indian Army. During his tenure with the CTA, Rinpoche served in the Tibetan Children’s’ Village, Office of Security, and Private Office. In 1991, Rinpoche was elected to the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, where he served until 1995. Rinpoche currently lives in the Kashmir Cottage in Dharamsala, India with his wife, Rinchen Khandro. They have two children, who are both studying in the United States.