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Khensur Rinpoche Ngawang Thekchok was born in the 1920's in Eastern Tibet. At the young age of 8 Rinpoche expressed his wish to enter monkhood and work for the welfare of sentient beings. He was admitted into a local monastery and in 3 years have memorized most of the important texts. Rinpoche went to Sera-Mey Monastery to further his studies and graduated as a Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree.

Rinpoche went to India in 1960's and was appointed to be the abbot of the re-established Sera-Mey Monastery. He served in this position for 10 years, between 1966-1976.

In the past 40 years, other than practicing in retreat a few times, Rinpoche has been working continuously and selflessly for the monastic education at Sera Monastery. On a typical day, Rinpoche would teach up to 6 sessions, totaling 16 hours, to different groups of students.