Venerable Tulku Jigme Chophel Gyatso Rinpoche was born in Kyimolung, Nubri in 1991. In his previous life Jigme Rinpoche was a great yogi who was one of the great Dzogchen practitioners. The characteristics of Jigme Rinpoche’s past life were so distinct in his current life that he was recognized at the age of two by H.H. Dodrubchen Rinpoche and the late Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche as the reincarnation of the great yogi Yungdrung Dampa.
At the age of five Jigme Rinpoche was invited by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche to Nubri monastery where he began his Dharma studies. This included the Buddhist ritual practices under the direction and guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Karma Rinpoche. Jigme Rinpoche engaged intensely in Dharma studies through listening, contemplation and meditation. In 2013 he completed the traditional three year retreat.
Tulku Jingme Chophel Rinpoche is currently teaching the monks and nuns and giving instructions to the retreatants, as well as holding ceremonies.