Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1950, the oldest son of the great meditation teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He left Tibet in 1958 and trained at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim for eleven years, spending the last year as the personal attendant of the Sixteenth Karmapa, who asked Rinpoche to build a monastery in Kathmandu, and to focus on helping Westerners learn about Tibetan Buddhism. His monastery currently houses over 250 monks, and he is the spiritual head of several other monasteries and nunneries in Nepal. In addition to these responsibilities, Rinpoche has retreat centers in California, Denmark, and Austria, where he teaches annually. He is the author of several books on Buddhist philosophy.