Sabchu Rinpoche was born in Nepal. The late 14th Shamar Rinpoche formally recognized him as the 5th incarnation of Sabchu Rinpoche during the transmission of the Tersar empowerments given at Nagi Gompa by the late Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. The young Sabchu Rinpoche was granted his robes before all who were present, including the four Karma Kagyu regents and many other important figures of the Karma Kagyu lineage. The formal ceremony took place twice, first in Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, and then in the monastery of Swayambhu.
Rinpoche moved to the Swayambhu monastery at an early age and began studying Tibetan language and the fundamental practices of the Karma Kamtsang lineage. He received numerous empowerments, reading transmissions, and instructions from great masters, beginning with the New Treasure collection given by the late Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. The late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche conferred upon him the three Dzogchen collections; the late Tenga Rinpoche gave him the reading transmission of the Tengyur, the translated treatises; Nyenpa Rinpoche passed the reading transmission of the Kangyur, the translated teachings of the Buddha; from Trangu Rinpoche he received the Kagyu Ngak Dzö, the Tantra Treasury empowerments; the late Penor Rinpoche conferred upon him the Rinchen Terdzö, the Treasury of Precious Termas; Sakya Trizin gave him the Druptab Küntü, the Compendium of Sadhanas; Luding Khenchen Rinpoche transmitted the Gyüde Küntü, the Compendium of Tantras; and the late Shamar Rinpoche granted the empowerments and reading transmission of the Chigshe Kündröl, the empowerment collection by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje. Sabchu Rinpoche also received many practice instructions from numerous qualified meditation masters. He studied the scriptures and philosophical treatises under Khenpo Shenpen, and later under Khenpo Chödrak Rinpoche at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi.
He spent a year practicing Chöd in Pharping. At the age of eighteen, he began a three-year retreat, under the guidance of Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche. There, Rinpoche received the Karma Kamtsang transmissions traditionally practised in retreat. Upon the completion of the retreat, Rinpoche began travelling and teaching in Europe and North America.
In the meantime, in Canada, he was granted a Bachelor’s degree in the major of Film and Media Production. Rinpoche divides his time between personal retreats and teaching activity in Asia and Europe.