Lama Kunga Rinpoche was born into a noble family in Lhasa, Tibet in 1935, the son of Tsipon Shuguba, The Last Treasurer in the Dalai Lama's government in Lhasa.
At the age of 7, he was recognized as a reincarnation of Sevan Repa, a heart disciple of Milarepa, Tibet’s great 11th century poet-saint.
Rinpoche entered Ngor Monastery at eight and was ordained as a monk at sixteen.
In 1959, he was Vice-Abbot of Ngor Monastery, in the Sakya Tradition, but fled Western Tibet following the Dalai Lama during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.
In 1972 Lama Kunga Rinpoche came to the United States and established the Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center in Kensington, California.
There he has sponsored visits from teachers of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism diaspora, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, Kalu Rinpoche, Chögyam Trungpa and many others.
Lama Kunga has also taught in New Jersey, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, Oregon, Florida, Utah, San Diego, Minnesota, and Arkansas.
Lama Kunga authored the following books:
Lama Kunga Rinpoche is licensed in California to perform marriages with a Tibetan Buddhist ceremony.