He was born unusual in a balloon near his home town. Before Rigzin was born, his father saw a very clear full moon drown in the little pond and later the moon with brilliant light dissolving in the home town monastery. His grandpa Cheni Lhundup Rinpoche predicted his mother to give birth not in house but to the retreat place where his root teacher Geshe Pema Thinley and he had done the meditation for some years. Since he was child, he was very interested to learn all ritual performance and wanted to a become monk, but until he was 17th he didn’t have the opportunity.

After graduating from Buddhist High School in Bhutan (first Buddhist school founded by Dilgo Khyentshe Rinpoche in 1961), he studied advanced Buddhist philosophy at Shechen Monastery in Nepal for more than thirteen years with the founder of Shechen Monastery, Dilgo Khyentshe Rinpoche. He studied philosophy, literature, metaphysics, and tantra, in first position in his class, and also studied traditional Shechen ritual performance.

From 1996 he served as Chorpen (Reviser Teacher) for five years in Shechen Shedra. In 2000 he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Philosophy in first position and went to India to establish Buddhist Higher Studies at OKC Monastery, Darjeeling. He was appointed Lopon (lecturer) by Shechen Ramjam Rinpoche in 2000, and was also appointed abbot of OKC Monastery. Later second time he received Khenpo (PhD) title from HH Penor Rinpoche. He received Gutsul ordination from Khenchen Pema Sherab, the head master of Nyingma Institute in Mysore and Bhikshu (monk) ordination from Trulshik Rinpoche (14th Dalai Lama Root teacher) in 1992.

In 1979 he received the Four Part of the Heart Essence transmission, Longchen Seven Treasure (Dzogdun) with additional writing and reading transmission, and many others from Dilgo Khyentshe Rinpoche. That was the first dharma connection and teaching he got from Dilgo Khyentshe Rinpoche with his father while Khenpo was eight years old, near his home town.

Khenpo has been to United States for western studies and even taught in Europe and North America.

Today Khenpo is responsible for running and organizing Orgyen Choling Monastery, Kunzang Shedrup Choling Retreat Center and Orgyen Adult Caring Center alongside with Cheni Lhendrup Rinpoche, H.H Ninth Gangtey Tulku.

Teachings and Empowerments Khenpo Rigzin Received

Khenpo Rigzin Wangchuk received various initiations, transmissions, and teachings of Rinchen Terdzo (collection of revealed treasure of seventy five volumes of Nyingma and Kagyu). He even received Long Chen Nying Thig, Heart Essence of the Great Expense empowerment and Four Parts of the Heart Essence teaching from HH Penor Rinpoche and Ninth Dodrupchen Rinpoche.

In 1979, Khenpo received Four Part of the Heart Essence transmission, Longchen Seven Treasure (Dzogdun) with the additional writing and the reading transmission. Furthermore he received New Treasure of Chokgyur Lingpa, the Raksha Thotren, Chokling’s Tara Dispelling All Obstacles empowerment, Longsel’s Akshobya empowerment, Ledrel’s Tamer of Haughty Sprits Vajrapani empowerment, Vajrasattva empowerment, and Peaceful and Wrathful Deities of the Magical Net and many others from Dilgo Khyentshe Rinpcohe. That was the first dharma connection and teaching he got  from Dilgo Khyentshe Rinpoche. And he even received Longchen Nyingthig, the preliminary teaching and transmission from Lama Serpo Rinpoche in Bhutan and Tulku Sangna Rinpoche in Nepal.

Dispelling the Darkness of the Ten Directions, a commentary on the Guhyagarbha Tantra by Longchenpa from late Khechen Pema Tshewang, the six Shechen Ramjam Rinpoche.

Gdams Ngag Mdzod (a collection of thirteen volumes containing the essential of the eight practice lineage, complied structured and completed by Jomgon Kungtrul Lodro Thaye, Dilgo Khyentshe’s  mind treasure from Thulshik Rinpoche.

Dilgo Khyentshe’s Mind Treasure Transmission and other teaching from 7th Shechen Ramjam Rinpoche. Dzogchen Nidakhajor teaching from Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche in 2009.

Nagarjuna commentary on Bodhisattva practice, Thirty Seven Bodhisattva Practices, Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) empowerment, Eight Verses of Mind Training of Geshe Langri Thangpa, Seven Point Mind Training of Geshe Chekwa, and the collection of Kadampa Pith Instructions by Jowo Atisha teachings from HH 14th Dalai Lama.

Eighty Mahasiddhas teaching from HH Sakya Gongma (Sakya Trizin) and Sakya traditional Long life empowerment from Khenchen Luding Rinpoche. Chagchen (Mahamudra) and Chagchen Melong Prayers teaching from Boga Rinpoche and late Lama Tenzin Thinley who lived whole life in retreat in Rembick cave, Darjeeling India.

Naro Chagchen teaching and empowerment from Garchen Rinpoche and 69th Je Khenpo, the head lama of Bhutan.

Words of My Perfect Teacher from Khenpo Jurmey Kunzang, student of Khechen Choshak Rinpoche who had rainbow body during 1980. Munjushri empowerment from Jigme Phuntshok Rinpoche in 1987 and his treasure called Sangye Lagter the great Dzogchen. Thirty Seven Bodhisattva Practices teaching from HH 69th Jekhenpo Guden Rinchen the seat holder of Drukpa Kagyu lineage in Bhutan and Garchen Rinpoche.

Dagpo Tharjen teaching from Tenga Rinpoche and many other masters.

Trilogy of Natural Ease, the three works on Dzogchen by Longchen Rabjam: Resting in the Nature of Mind, Finding Rest from illusion, and Easing Wearing through Meditation (Ngal Gso Skor Gsum) from Khenchen Pema Sherab.

Philosophy, literature, metaphysics, studies from Khenpo Tshering Dorji, Kunzang Dechen, Jurme Kunzang and Khenchen Pema Sherab and late Khenchen Wanghcuk Sonam, and Dasho Lama Sangnag.