The current Drepung Tripa (The Throne Holder) and former Abbot of Drepung Monastery, Khensur Lobsang Tenpa, was born in the year 1938, in Amdo province of Eastern Tibet. He became a monk at the age of 11 and was ordained at Taktsang Lhamo monastery. At the age of 18, he traveled to the south of Lhasa where he joined Drepung Gomang monastery.
In 1959, he fled Tibet when the Chinese invaded following H. H. the Dalai Lama into India. He stayed at a transit camp for ten years. In 1970, he entered Varanasi University, Central Institute of Higher Studies, where he obtained the Acharya degree with remarkable and excellent results.
In 1973, he returned to Drepung Gomang Monastery Shungpa Khangtsen where he studied the Abhidharma and the Vinaya. In 1982, he sat for the Gelug examination in which he rank first of all the candidates from the three great monasteries. Rinpoche was chosen by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the Head Abbot in 1989.
Rinpoche has traveled to give teachings in Tibet, Russia and Mongolia and also to Europe as head of the Gomang European tour. Having attained great distinction in the Buddhist Sutra and Tantra doctrines, Rinpoche is an important inspiration to the people.