Lama Jigmé Namgyal was born in 1973 into a nomad family in Golog, in the eastern part of Tibet. At eight years of age he entered Tratsok monastery, and ten years later he left for Serthar Larung Gar, the Buddhist Institute of Khenpo Jigmé Phuntsok Rinpoche. It was here that he studied Buddhist philosophy and Tantra, among many other great teachings. Lama Jigmé subsequently gave teachings to countless monks and lay people within Tibet.
After consulting his teachers, Lama Jigmé Namgyal decided to leave Tibet for Europe. This was a huge step, since he didn’t speak any European languages, nor did he know anything about European culture. While working to earn his living here, he quickly learned English and gained insight into the culture. He then went on to found two centers in Europe, one in Luxembourg (Centre Culturel Tibétain) and another in Rotterdam (Phuntsok Chö Ling).
Apart from being a teacher of meditation, Lama Jigmé has much experience in spiritually accompanying the dying and is also deeply interested in interreligious dialogue and he regular teaches at the Luxembourg university.