Latri Khenpo Geshe Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche is the lineage holder of the Latri monastery in the Derge area of the Kham region of Eastern Tibet.
Born in Tibet, he grew up in Nepal at Dorpatan, the first Bönpo refugee community. At age six, he started his religious studies under the guidance of his father, Latri Gyaltsen Nyima, the third reincarnation of Tsultrim Phuntsok, a well-known practitioner of Eastern Tibet.
At age thirteen he moved with his family to Kathmandu where his father, re-established the Bön community Te Bön Kyi Dug, as he was a lama of the original Tewa Monastery in Northern Tibet. His main purpose was to keep the Bönpo community alive and to grant young people a firm connection to their Bön culture.
In 1978, Nyima Dakpa was among the first students to enter the newly founded Bön Dialectic School in the Menri Monastery of Dolanji, India, where all the traditional Bön disciplines are taught. After his graduation with a Geshe degree in 1987, he travelled to Tibet and visited many monasteries including the Menri Monastery as well as the Latri Monastery where he was enthroned as Abbot.
Since the beginning of his studies up to now he has been helping H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizen, spiritual head of Bön, with the administration of the monastic centre and school in Dolanji. In 1988,he was assigned the task of expanding the school system, to add more grades and to allow as many children as possible the opportunity to be raised and educated in the Bön culture. Later that year he founded the Bön Children’s Home (B.C.H.) where most children, aged between 3 and 20 years, are from very remote Bönpo communities such as Dolpo and Lubrak, Nepal.
Every year since 1991, Rinpoche has travelled to the United-States and various countries in Europe, to spread the teachings of Bön and raise funds for the B.C.H. He founded Bön Centres in Los Angeles (U.S.), Minsk (Belarus), Moscow (Russia) and Vienna (Austria). In May of 1996 he was assigned by H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizen to establish the Mongyal Monastery in Dehradun, India. This project has been aimed at re-establishing the original Tibetan educational System.
In 2005, he published “Opening the door to Bön”. In this book he has detailed the outer and inner fundamental practices of Bön methods to achieve enlightenment and detach from the suffering of cyclic existence through limitless compassion for all sentient beings. Rinpoche’s commitment to spread the Bönpo practice and his love for “his” children give him the strength to take up so many different tasks.