Biography of Chagdud Rinpoche Chagdud Rinpoche, abbot of Chagdud Gonpa, fled Tibet during the Chinese invasion and worked tirelessly over the next twenty years in Tibetan refugee camps in India and Nepal. At the urging of Western students, he came to the United States in 1979 and has dedicated his remaining years to the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist arts and teachings. Rinpoche is a highly realized meditation master and accomplished scholar, artist and poet. As part of his lama training, which began at the age of five, he received extensive instruction in all aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, completed two three-year retreats, and studied with some of the greatest Dzogchen and Vajrayana masters of his time. His extensive training, along with his humor, compassion and skill as a teacher, has made it possible for him to transmit his profound insights to people of widely divergent backgrounds and interests. Chagdud Rinpoche's generation is the last to have absorbed the full cultural and spiritual heritage of Tibet and he is among those few who are bringing this knowledge to the West.