Khenpo Chochok was born in 1964 in the Tibetan Province of Kham, in the family of cattle breeders. His study of the Dharma began with receiving the first teachings from the Kagyu master Lama Drubchen Karnor (Drubchen Karma Norbu), a yogi practitioner staying in the solitude of the mountains (also known as the second Milarepa). His next teacher was a practicing yogi Ngawang Tsultrim, a great master in the Nyingma tradition.
At the age of twenty, Khenpo Chochok travelled to various important Buddhist sites in Tibet. When he arrived in Nepal, he received direct teachings, transmission and empowerments from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He also obtained the teachings from other great masters of the Kagyu lineage, including the 14th Shamar Rinpoche.
From 1986 to 1993 he studied in Rumtek at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute. Over that period, he explored Buddhist philosophy and received teachings and empowerments from such masters as Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Thrangu Rinpoche as well as studied Buddhist philosophy under Khenpo Chödrak Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso.
In 1993 Khenpo Chochok started to teach at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) in New Delhi. In 1995 Shamar Rinpoche granted upon him the title of a khenpo. Two years later khenpo started to give teachings in other countries of Asia, USA, Russia and Europe.
Currently khenpo shares his time among 6-month retreats in Nepal and teaching activity in Karma Kagyu centres. He regularly visits Kalimpong in order to practice at the Shri Diwakar Vihara, Buddhist Research and Educational Institute in Westbengal, India. Since May 2010 his home has been Paris, from where he travels to other European countries and to farther places.
Khenpo Chochok is known for his openness, relaxed attitude and simplicity. He largely emphasized the importance of dialogue, compassion and personal practice, due to which he is able to transmit a very profound understanding of Buddha’s teachings.