The third in the line of reincarnations, His Eminence the Venerable Tenzin Ngawang Tsültrim Dönden was born on January 29th, 1981. At the time of His birth, He was named Tenzin Dawa by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. His father’s name is Tamding Dorjee and His mother’s name is Karma Kyizom.
In 1985, He was recognized as the reincarnation of the second Serkong Dorjee Chang, in the sacred place of Bodhgaya, by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama during the ceremony of the great initiation of Kalachakra, for the first time, He wore monk’s robes given to him by Gyumed’s ex-abbot Lobsang Thinley, who came from Gajang Phara Khangsten in Gaden Jangtse Monastery.
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama gave to the young Serkong Dorjee Chang His first hair cut’s blessing and a special nectar called Amrita blessing. When He was only 4 years old, He obtained the seat of “Tulku” or reincarnated Lama in Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal where the Serkong Dorjee Chang Monastery is located. There, He took refuge, studied Tibetan language and began memorizing the first Tibetan Buddhist texts.
He also received from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama the vows of a novice monk and was given the name of Tenzin Ngawang Tsultrim Dhonden. In 1999, Rinpoche received the vows of a fully ordained monk from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and in 2010 He received the ‘Rab Jampa’ Geshe degree at Gaden Jangste Monastic University in India.
Rinpoche completed His philosophical studied with the rites and rituals of Tantric path at the Gyudmed Tantric Monastic University. He has been traveling to Nepal, Bhutan, India, Mön (in North East India), South Korea, Europe and United States giving buddhist teachings and benefiting sentient beings.