Born in Dhagpo, located in southeastern U-Tsang in Tibet, Dagpo Rinpoche was recognized by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Dagpo Lama Jampel Lhundrup when he was only two years old. At age six, Rinpoche entered Bamchoe Monastery where he first learned to read and write, studying Tibetan Buddhism.
In 1959, as the Chinese invaded Tibet, he followed the Dalai Lama into exile in India. In 1961 he moved to France, where he took up a research and teaching position at INALCO at Sorbonne University in Paris. He started several Buddhist centers, first in France and later in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Asia. He has been particularly active in teaching Buddhism in Indonesia and Malaysia. Dagpo Rimpoche is considered a reincarnation of the 10th century Buddhist master Serlingpa who resided in Sumatra, modern day Indonesia. Serlingpa was a principal teacher of Atisha from Bengal who was responsible for a major transmission of Buddhism to Tibet.