Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa was born into the Khangsar tribe of Golok, a pastoral, nomadic society in eastern Tibet. His Dharma name is Padma Thubten Rigdzin. From a young age, he received instruction in the precious Buddhist scriptures and sacred essential heart-essence teachings from many Lamas and Tulkus. He was recognized by Gomma Khanpo Lotsul as the reincarnation of Tulku Dordra. Lama Tashi Phuntsok predicted that Tersar would promote Buddhism around the world. Tersar prepared for a Master's Degree at Peking University, but left for the United States before completing his studies. He resides in the San Francisco Bay area where he established the Tibetology Organization and Gankyil Organization. He focuses all of his energy on promoting Buddhism.