The Venerable Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche started his religious training in Tibet as a monk at a very early age. In 1960 during political upheavals he left Tibet for India where he received his full ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and continued his studies under many renowned and highly qualified teachers. On arriving in India in 1960 he joined Varanassi Sanskrit University where he attained a degree in Sanskrit and achieved the level of Acharya in Buddhist Studies.
In 1980 Rinpoche was awarded the highest degree in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy (Geshe Lharampa). After achieving his Geshe, he studied Tantra at Gyume Tantric College in Hunsur. While Rinpoche was living in India he helped to redesign the educational programmes for the three largest monasteries there, Drepung, Sera and Ganden. Afterwards he went into retreat until being asked by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to travel to Britain to engage in interfaith dialogue.
In 1990 he was asked by Irish students of Buddhism to become Spiritual Director of Jampa Ling, the newly established Buddhist centre in Co. Cavan. Rinpoche teaches regularly in Ireland and has travelled and taught in Europe, North America and the Far East. He visits Mongolia every year where he is heavily involved in charitable work and with the re-emergence of Buddhism there.