Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa also (known as Geshe Gyumed Trinley Topgye) was born in 1937 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
In 1947 at the age of 10, he gained admission to Sera Mey Monastery of the Sera Mahayana Monastic University near Lhasa – one of the three major seats of highest Buddhist studies.
Khensur Rinpoche studied in Tibet until 1959 when he fled to India after China invaded and forcefully occupied Tibet. From 1959-70, he resided with more than 1500 monks from four Tibetan Buddhist sects at Buxar, an old British Army camp in West Bengal. In 1970, the monks of Sera Mey relocated to Mysore district in Karnataka State in southern India.
As directed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, monks reestablished Sera Mey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, India. Khensur Rinpoche continued his spiritual training and studies there with his characteristic dedication and enthusiasm. In 1986, he completed the final exam for a Geshe degree, and received the esteemed honor of Geshe Lharampa (equivalent to a PhD), the highest level awarded.
In addition to teaching there, Khensur Rinpoche served as Discipline Master for Sera Mey monastery and from 1980 to the present, he has continued to teach there. He also studied at the esteemed Gyumed Tantric College and finishing his studies there, was awarded the advanced degree of Ngagrampa (highest degree in Buddhist Tantra studies).
Khensur Rinpoche also became Discipline Master of Gyumed. Monastic leaders submitted his name along with eight other prominent Geshes to the Dalai Lama as candidates for the post of Lama Umdze (Head Lama to lead all rituals) of the Tantric College, and the Dalai Lama selected Khensur Rinpoche to serve in this high office. Then on November 12, 1996, the Dalai Lama appointed him as the honorable Abbot of the Gyumed Tantric College.
Khensur Rinpoche completed his three-year term as Abbot of Gyumed, all the while demonstrating his complete dedication and devotion. While serving as abbot, he also taught tantric studies continuously for those three years and in addition, conducted countless rituals and ceremonies.
A living example of Buddha’s teachings, he now divides his time between personal meditation and practices, and teaching a growing network of Western and Tibetan students. He is highly qualified to teach on all levels of Buddhist practice and to conduct all Buddhist rituals.
Going beyond the focus on Khensur Rinpoche’s excellent background and years of devoted service, his students offer the most powerful testimony to Rinpoche's accomplishments of a different kind: his unlimited kindness, brilliant wisdom, the clarity and precision of his teachings, and his unimpeachable and deeply inspiring behavior.