In 1985, the little Tenzin Dawa was recognized by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the 2nd Serkong Dorjee Chang during the ceremony of the great initiation of Kalachakra in the sacred place of Bodhgaya.
At that time, H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama gave to the young Serkong Dorjee Chang a special nectar, Amrita blessing.
He also received from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama the vows of a novice monk.