Ngawang Lekshey Gyaltso is the fifteenth in the lineage of Changling Rinpoches. His lineage was started by the Tibetan Rechungpa who lived in the eleventh century. He himself was a student of Milarepa. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition establishing a teacher as a true memebr of an unbroken lineage of teachers is very important.
Changling Rinpoche was born in 1977 in Kalimpong, India. In 1985 Khabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Khabje Penor Rinpoche recognized Changling Rinpoche as the main tulku of Changchub Ling Monastery in the U-Tsang region of Central Tibet.
At 11 he entered Shechen Monastery and was enthroned by Khyentse Rinpoche and ordained by Trulshik Rinpoche. At 16 Rinpoche began to give teachings to others students in college. At 18 he was sent to Changling Rinpoche to complete his studies of the Heart Sutra under the tutelage of the great khenpose of Penor Rinpoche's college in Mysore. Rinpoche took full monk's ordination at age twenty with Trulshik Rinpoche. Rinpoche graduated with a khenpo degree at the age of twenty-one.
In 1998, he was elected Changling rinpoche to be the next head of the lineage. His current main tutors are Khabjes Trulshik Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.
Currently, he is devoting his time to writing commentaries on the works of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoch and searching out missing texts of the Northern Treasure Lineage. As the abbot of the Sechen Monastery shedra (monastic college), he holds a post previously held by such illustrious lamas as Mipham Rinpoche, Sechen Gyaltsap and Khenpo Gangshar.
Beginning 2002 he travels overseas to teach. His youthful enthusiasm combined with his amazing knowledge of Buddhist doctrine and command of English language made his teachings an enriching experience for all who attended.