Venerable Gyalsey Lama Urgyen Tenzin is a Tibetan monk who was born in Nepal. He studied Buddhist philosophy at Bhakha Sangak Choling Monastery, graduating with honors in May 1993. Under the guidance of Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche, he attended the Palyul Monastery at Palyul Gon, where for four years he studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, literature, ritual and sacred art, and then completed a three-year retreat under Ven. Tulku Thubten Palzang. After his seven years of training at Palyul Gon, Lama Urgyen returned to Bhakha Sangak Choling Monastery, where he served as the administrator for five years, overseeing and training all of the junior monks. Lama Urgyen has received empowerments, transmissions and teachings from H.H. Penor Rinpoche, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche and others, and he is highly skilled in all aspects of Tibetan Buddhist religion and ritual. In September 2010, Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche enthroned Lama Urgyen Tenzin as Dorje Lhopon, an honor granted to monks with special qualities.