Shensem Tsogpa Tibetan Cultural Center

Lama Drimed Rinpoche Bio

Lama Drimed Rinpoche demonstrated astonishing faith and passion towards Buddha Dharma beginning at the age of three. He went to a Chinese school when he was seven, where he laid his bilingual skill for future work. When he was twelve, he began to learn literary Tibetan from a highly realized master, Galo Rinpoche, who later recognized in deep meditative equipoise the significant role this boy would play in benefitting a great number of beings by propagating Buddha Dharma later in life. Galo Rinpoche thereby persevered in training Lama Drimed Rinpoche with all he has to give. For the next three years, Lama Drimed Rinpoche’s extraordinary intelligence quickly helped him gain full mastery in scriptural and literary Tibetan language skills in preparation for his future monastic education. 

At the age of 15, Lama Drimed Rinpoche entered the renowned Sertha Larung Five Sciences Buddhist Academy and hereon began 14 years of scholastic learning under H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche until the completion of all required training leading towards a Khenpo’s degree. During his 14 years in Larung, he has trained and mastered all the teachings and empowerments based on the Nyingmapa lineage at the feet of his root guru H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. From H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, he received the entire Nyingtik lineage (including Nyingtik Yabzhi, Dzod Dun, Ngalso Korsum, Yeshe Lama, and Chetzun Nyingtik) empowerments, scriptural transmissions, and explanations on the pith instructions for the Great Perfection as well as the complete cycle of H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche’s terma collection. From H.H. Penor Rinpoche, he received Nyingtik Yabzhi, Zhi Khro (A Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), ‘Dus Pa Mdo (root tantra of Anuyoga), and many others cycles of profound teachings in the Palyul lineage. From Ven. Yangthang Rinpoche, he received all of the empowerments and scriptural transmissions for the Kama and Terma cycles and Lama Gongdü of the Nyingma school. He also served as the Tibetan-to-Chinese translator during the Kama empowerment.

At his uncle, Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche’s request, Lama Drimed Rinpoche came to the U.S. in 2003 for the first time to teach Buddha Dharma for beings in the West. In 2004, he founded a California State-approved non-profit organization, Shensem Tsogpa Tibetan Cultural Center (STTCC), in support of one of his most emphasized missions — life release; in 2005, he founded Dechen Rang Dharma Center (DRDC), also a State-approved NPO aiming at teaching and training Buddhist practitioners in scriptural learning and meditation practice. Lama Drimed Rinpoche has been working tirelessly and unceasingly by offering teachings and leading regular practices in both DRDC and Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche’s center, Orgyen Dorje Den (ODD) of Alameda, CA. since his arrival in the U.S. In addition to the regular monthly teachings, practices, and life-release activity, Rinpoche also dedicates himself in scriptural translation, spiritual consultation, ritual services for the deceased, and prosperity-beseeching ceremonies for the living. 

Ever since his arrival, hundreds of non-Buddhists have sought refuge under his guidance, many of whom developed unwavering faith and unbreakable bond with him. It is Rinpoche's life-long mission to offer correct understanding of Buddha Dharma and eliminate confusion in disciples’ mind; he aspires to lead followers to practice the way of the bodhisattva in hopes of guiding them on the path of accumulating wisdom and virtue. In the last three years, Rinpoche has been focusing on the teaching of Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro and the Six Bardos teaching series, hoping to place the key to the doorway of natural liberation into the palm of our hands.