Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche spent his childhood in Darjeeling with his family. After his father, Kangyur Rinpoche, passed away, he spent many years studying under the guidance of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in Nepal and Bhutan. Rinpoche moved to France in 1980, where, under the guidance of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, he and his brother, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, established the retreat center Centre D’Études de Chanteloube. Over the past 40 years, both Rinpoche and his brother have invited many great lamas to visit and teach in the West, including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Nyoshül Khen Rinpoche, and Trulshik Rinpoche. Rinpoche speaks fluent English and French, and teaches regularly in Australia, Vietnam, Canada, and the United States.
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche is the youngest son of Kangyur Rinpoche and was recognized as the incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, and the 16th Karmapa. Rinpoche oversees the projects of Padmakara Translation Group, leads retreats, and teaches seminars all over the world. He provides indispensable guidance and inspiration for Khyentse Vision Project.