Jigme Tromge Rinpoche is the director of the Padmasambhava Peace Institute, which he founded in 2003. Rinpoche was born in 1964 in Orissa, India, where he had the good fortune to receive a traditional Buddhist education. He has had extensive training in the teachings and practices of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and has studied with many great masters of our time including His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. He also studied philosophy with Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche and at the philosophy school of Penor Rinpochein south India.
Rinpoche immigrated to the United States in 1988. After completing the traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of his father His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, he moved to Chagdud Gonpa Foundation’s Bay Area center Ati Ling in 1992 and became its resident lama. Rinpoche now travels throughout North and South America and Asia giving teachings and counseling people with his gentle wisdom and warmth. He is jointly responsible for Tromge and Chagdud Monasteries in Tibet and also the retreat center Kathog Rithro in Nepal. Jigme Rinpoche is also director of the Mahakaruna Foundation, an international charitable organization founded by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche that offers assistance to the old, sick and impoverished in various parts of Asia, and also works to preserve Tibetan Buddhist culture.