The 2nd Shangpa Rinpoche began his monastic life after official enthronement by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Upon coming of age at 11, he was ordained in Pokhara, Nepal, by His Holiness. To this day, Rinpoche still remembers the kind advice of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa who predicted that countless sentient beings would benefit by Shangpa Rinpoche’s propagation of Dharma. His Holiness is the source of boundless inspiration and limitless strength behind Rinpoche’s work.
The life of young Shangpa Rinpoche was filled with intensive studies of the ancient Buddhist rituals and scriptures. Rinpoche subsequently joined the Tibetan Higher Institute of Buddhist Studies in Varanasi, India. He mastered Buddhist philosophy, literature, poetry, history and the Sanskrit language. He received major empowerment and essential teachings from many great masters.
His teachers included His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the 14th Shamarpa, Urgyen Tulku Rinpoche, Trulshig Rinpoche, Chogye Tri Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, Khunu Rinpoche, Khenpo Richen, the late Dupsing Rinpoche, Choje Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and many others.