Venerable Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche: is an eminent and distinguished scholar, teacher and philosopher, and a life-long campaigner for Gandhian principles. He was the Chairman of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile for over a decade and is currently the first directly elected Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.
Venerable Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche: He was born in Jol, Eastern Tibet. At the age of five, he was recognised as the reincarnation of 4th Samdhong Rinpoche and enthroned in Gaden Dechenling Monastery at Jol. He started his religious training at Drepung Monastery in Lhasa and completed his (Uma Nyinpa)- middle school of the Madhyamika School of Buddhism at the age of 12. He fled to exile in the year 1959 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet. From October 1961, he served as the religious teacher of Tibetan School in Shimla, and later becoming the acting principal of Shimla Tibetan School in 1963. Then again he worked as religious teacher of Darjeeling Tibetan School in 1964.
From 1965 to 1970 Rinpoche was the Principal of Dalhousie Tibetan School. He received his Lharampa Degree in the year 1968 and Ngagrimpa Degree in 1969. From 1971 to 1988 he was the Principal of Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS, Varanasi). From 1988 to 2001 he worked as the Director CIHTS. In 1990, he was a member of the Drafting Committee Constitution of the Future Polity of Tibet and Law for the exiled Tibetans. From 1991 to 1995 he was specially appointed by His Holiness as one of the deputies of ATPD (Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies) and later was unanimously elected as its Chairman. From 1996 to 2001 he was elected member of the Parliament from Kham province and also it’s Chairman. He is an eminent and distinguished scholar, teacher and philosopher, and a life-long campaigner for Gandhian principles especially that of non-violence or peaceful resistance.