Born in 1961, Nima Tsering Rinpoche entered HH Penor Rinpoche’s Namdroling Monastery in south India at age 8. Diligently studying all areas of Buddhist knowledge, his mind was ripened through teaching and transmissions from the greatest Nyingma masters of the time: HH Penor Rinpoche, HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, HH Chatral Rinpoche, HH Dodrupchen Rinpoche, HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, and many others. Nima Rinpoche was soon appointed as chöpon (ritual master) for the monastery, and then completed the nine-year curriculum in higher Buddhist studies at Namdroling’s renowned Ngagyur Nyingmapa Institute.
Upon graduation, Nima Rinpoche served for five years as head of Tsechu Monastery in Darjeeling, leaving this post to honor HH Penor Rinpoche’s wish that he enter the traditional three-year, three-month meditation retreat. Completing the retreat in 2002, Penor Rinpoche conferred upon him the title of Vajracharya, indicating his inner mastery of the practice. Since that time, Nima Rinpoche has divided his time between further long-term retreats—specializing on the practice of Vajrakilaya as well as many other aspects of Ratna Lingpa’s revelation cycle—and serving as abbot at Palyul temples in Taiwan.