Lelung Rinpoche was born in 1970. When he was twelve years of age he visited Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and following Ling Rinpoche's advice, he went to study at Drepung Monastery. Two years later, he went to Dharamsala to receive teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama. During this visit, His Holiness recognised him as being the 11th incarnation of Lelung Pema Zhepai Dorje.
Rinpoche returned to Drepung to continue his students and at the age of twenty-four received a geshe degree, which is one of the highest degrees given in the Gelugpa tradition and is very rarely awarded to a student at such a young age.
In 1993 Rinpoche received the oral transmission of Khandro Sangwa Yeshe’s teachings. Rinpoche said, "Only one person was alive who held the complete oral transmission of Khandro Sangwa Yeshe, so with sincere respect and great joy I received all of the oral transmissions from him."
Increasing in material assets does not bring much benefit without developing mental happiness, which is the ultimate source of happiness. Therefore, through the blessing and mental imprints of my previous incarnations, I feel very determined and sincere about the need to work towards the preservation of Buddhism in general, particularly with regard to the sacred teachings of Khandro Sangwa Yeshe.