legendary master Khen Locho, he exhibited exceptional skills of learning and practice, and soon achieved realization. With the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 Rinpoche came into exile in India, where he works to preserve Tibet's ancient traditions. He divides his time between Dharamsala, where he guides and trains many great practitioners; the monasteries of South India, where he gives numerous initiations, transmissions and discourses; and travels abroad. He first visited the United States in 1978, when he was invited to teach at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
From 1986 to 1991 Rinpoche was requested by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to serve as abbot of Namgyal Dratsang, his personal monastery. Later, when His Holiness's senior guru Kyabje Ling Dorjechang passed away and his young reincarnation was discovered, His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed Rinpoche as tutor to this most important lama child. Rinpoche is especially renowned as a holder of the Tantric lineages, and as a master of the Tantric yogas.
The current two-month teaching tour by Kyabje Locho Rinpoche in the United States is coordinated by Drepung Loseling Institute to introduce advanced Buddhist practices to senior students of the Dharma and to give blessings to the Tibetan community in the U.S.
Drepung Loseling Institute was established in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991 as the North American seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery, India and was academically affiliated with Emory University in 1998. Following the legacy of Drepung Loseling Monastery and with the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Institute has two major purposes: to share Tibet's unique spiritual traditions in North America through our Buddhist Studies and Practice Programs; and to preserve Tibet's unique culture through our Cultural and Support Programs.