His Eminence Khotrul Gyurme Dogyud Gyatso Rinpoche, renowned as His Eminence Khochhen Rinpoche, was born in 1936, the year of the Iron Ox in Gonjo Dodrup in Eastern Tibet. His Eminence the 8th Mindrolling Khenchen recognized him as the reincarnation of Namdrol Zangpo Rinpoche of Khokhyim Monastery at an early age. Tersay Chime Rinpoche, who was the elder brother of Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, formally enthroned Rinpoche at Khokhyim Monastery.
Rinpoche undertook his studies at Mindrolling in Tibet where he studied and mastered Buddhist philosophy, psychology, tantras, astrology, poetry, literature, calligraphy and rituals. He received profound teachings and instructions from eminent masters such as Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, Minling Chung Rinpoche and Minling Khen Rinpoche. Rinpoche was at Mindrolling for well over ten years until he escaped from Tibet into exile with Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen following the Chinese invasion.
Following this, HE Khochhen Rinpoche began working towards the establishment of Mindrolling in India and over the past 50 years, Rinpoche has worked tirelessly for the construction and maintenance of the monastery. His efforts and perseverance have played a major role in every stage of development of Mindrolling. Rinpoche has served as President of the Tibetan community of Clement Town since 1987 and has established the monasteries in Lava, Kalimpong and Sikkim.