Phakyab Rinpoche was born in 1966 in Tibet, ordained as a monk at the age of 13. In 1994 he was recognized by the XIV Dalai Lama as the eighth rebirth of Phakyab Rinpoche. When faced with severe health problems that required the amputation of one of his legs, he consulted with the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to rely on spiritual practices and faith to heal himself. “You will teach the world how to heal,” H.H. told him. From this experience, Rinpoche wrote his book, Meditation Saved My Life. Currently living in New York and teaching worldwide, he is the Spiritual Leader for The Healing Buddha Foundation. The Foundation houses and educates young Tibetan children while supporting Tibetan single mothers through their sponsorship program. As a member of the Gelugpa order of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche teaches spiritual healing throughout the United States, France, and the world.
Tibet House US was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.