Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche was born in Bhutan on August 8, 1965 and recognized as a tulku by HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. He was officially enthroned as the second Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche at the age of six, in Rumtek. In 1974 he received novice vows from HH the 16th Karmapa, and later bodhisattva vows. He was trained as a youth by His Holiness and other great lamas of Rumtek, and attended HH the 16th Karmapa during his trip to the West in 1981. Rinpoche is a graduate of the Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies, from which he received a degree of Acharya.