Venerable Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche was born and grew up in Nangchen in the eastern part of Tibet, home of the Tsangsar family. Rinpoche is the grandnephew of His Eminence Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche in 1986 as the 4th incarnation of Ngag Gyud Dhargye Gyatso – a student of Situ Pema Nyiche Wangpo.
At age of thirteen, he entered into retreat at the monastery of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. After finishing his three-year retreat he took on the responsibility of Retreat Master at the Seat of his father and ancestors at Tsangsar Lha Lam Osel Ling. At the age of 17, Rinpoche received full ordination from Ven. Dil Yag Dabzang Rinpoche.
Rinpoche has studied under great masters at Sertha Larung and Dzongsar Institute. He received numerous empowerments, transmissions and oral instructions from renowned masters including Tai Situ Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Tsewang.
Tsangsar Rinpoche has visited many countries around the world. He settled in the US, mainly teaching in California.