The third H.H. Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche was born in Nepal, in 1973, accompanied by miraculously wonderful signs.
His previous birth was the Throne Holder of Sa-Ngag Chogling Monastery, which stood at the holy site of Mugsang, northwest of Kathog Monastery in Tibet. The holy Mugsang site is one of twenty five prominent sacred places sanctified by Guru Padmasambhava, Vairochana, Ma Rinchen Chog, Nub Sangye Yeshe and other numerous masters of the past. Here the great Terton Migyur Dorje attained parinirvana.
At the age of two, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche recognized him as the unmistaken reincarnation of the second Chogtrul Mugsang Kunzang Tenzin Rinpoche. His previous incarnation was recognized by the second Drubwang Rinpoche as the unmistaken incarnation of Ugyen Dongag Chokyi Nyima, the ninth Throne Holder of Palyul monastery. Ugyen Dongag Chokyi Nyima had three emanations: mind, speech and body. Chogtrul Mugsang was the mind emanation, Karma Thegchog Nyinpo the 10th Throne-Holder of Palyul monastery was the body emanation and H.H. Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche was the speech emanation.
Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen, at the age of three, was invited to Namdroling Monastery by H.H. Pema Norbu Rinpoche who looked after him as a son. At the age of four, he received the Rinchen Terzöd Empowerment from H.H. Drodrub Rinpoche. He also received the empowerments, instructions and transmissions on Ngöndro, Tsa Lung and Dzogchen directly from His Holiness Padma Norbu Rinpoche along with Kama initiations. When he has come of age, as directed by H.H. Padma Norbu Rinpoche, he enrolled into Ngagyur Nyingma Institute where he completed thorough study on all Sutras and Tantras.
He is currently the President of Namdroling Monastery and visits Palyul Centers overseas, accomplishing extensive dharma activities to benefit all beings.