Biography of Chogyal Rinpoche, Founder of BIA Foundation.
Chogyal Rinpoche was born in Nepal on March 4th, 1985. At the age of one, he visited HH Sakya Trizin with his father. His father was told that Rinpoche was a very special child who was going to do great things in the world. As a boy Rinpoche’s main passion for life was to be of service to all sentient beings in the world. When he was five years old, he entered into monastic life at Rumtek Monastery found by His Holiness 16th Karmapa. At Rumtek and Zurmang Monasteries, Rinpoche spent 10 years studying meditation and Vajrayana ritual practice. In 2000, Rinpoche continued his study of Buddhist philosophy at Dzongsar Buddhist Institute and Kalimpong Shri Divakar Buddhist Institute. In February 2010, Rinpoche graduated with a Khenpo degree in Buddhist Philosophy.
From 2010 to 2013, Rinpoche went to Mt. Kailash and Mountains in Tibet to meditate with Ripas and Yogis, he would spend few months in each place to share the experience and knowledge of meditation with the Kagyu and Nyingma Yogis. Today, Rinpoche travels worldwide teaching Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation.
He has travelled widely to more than 20 countries to study different religions such as Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism for the better understanding of global interfaith. Currently, he is pursuing his diploma in psychology in Zurich, Swiss.
Rinpoche has been founding non-profit organizations since 2002 when he and his father first started The Sertshang Orphanage Home, the home of 52 children, in Kathmandu, Nepal. In 2007 he founded the Music Academy for 33 underprivileged children in Kalimpong, India. In 2011 he founded the Tibetan Medical Institute in the earthquake zone of Yushu, China for 24 children. In 2013 he helped to start a home for 27 HIV orphans in Nepal. From May 2014, Rinpoche has been taking care of a retreat monastery in far-east Tibet where there are 7 yogis doing 3 years 3 months meditation retreat. In the same year, he founded BIA Foundation which currently has two handicraft institutes for the disabled people in Nepal. He is actively involved in spiritual as well as social activities with the hope of contributing in creating a better world.
Rinpoche’s principal motto: “Help Others – Life is Beautiful ”