Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche was born into the profound Yangton lineage in 1954 in Chharkha, in the remote region of Dolpo, northwest Nepal. He is the cousin of H.E Menri Ponlop Trinley Nyima Rinpoche and the first Chharkha-pa to come to Menri Monastery in India at the behest of H.E. Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, in later years bringing his cousin and others. At present, he is the Head Lama of Yanggon Thongdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery. Lama Tashi is known as an accomplished meditator and scholar. Along with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Lama Tashi received his Geshe degree in 1986 graduating from the first class of geshes at Menri Monastery. Hegained profound knowledge in the dzogchen teachings and many others from Yongdzin Sangye Tenzin, Yondgzin Tenzin Namdak and Tsundue Rinpoche. After that, he returned back to his native village of Chharka. There he constructed Yanggon Thondrol Phuntsok Ling Monastery in 1988. He relocated the temple of Tardzong Phuntsok Ling Monastery in 1993 and also constructed a prayer-wheel room, kitchen, monk’s residence and treasure room (storeroom), thus reestablishing a perfect environment for the three-year retreat practitioner and practitioners in general.