Karma Rinpoche began the path of spiritual enlightenment when he was only three years old.
As a child he remembered his past life in which he was a Tibetan teacher. His parents brought him to a monastery in northeast India to meet his teacher, His Holiness Terton Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche. Lama Turton immediately recognized Karma Rinpoche ("tulku") and taught him the essence of the Dzogchen Teaching for many years and then appointed him as one of his succession lineage holders.
Karma Rinpoche is not an ordinary lama. His students lovingly refer to him as "the crazy monk" because of his unusual for monks approach to life. He has a great sense of humor, is direct and very modern. He enjoys living life to the fullest, experiencing it in all its variety and vividness, and teaching others by his example.
A firm and devoted practitioner of Dharma, he is at the same time a well-known filmmaker, rightly considered one of the best in the Bhutanese film industry, winner of the Bhutanese Film Festival awards for "Tshorva", "The Row" and "The Wind of Karma".