RHUMTEK Monastery300_155BIRTH… Rinpoche was born in 1965 at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, a small state in northeastern India. Rinpoche’s father, the late Damchoe Yongdu, was the General Secretary of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, supreme head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche’s mother, Lekshey Dolma, a lifelong Buddhist meditator, currently resides in upstate New York.