Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche was born in 1970 into the sacred Nyo lineage of Gyalwang Lhanangpa. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche is the Head Lama of the Jangsa Dechen Choling Monastery in Kalimpong, India. He also heads Lhundrup Dechenling Monastery in Eastern Bhutan, and Pema Yoedling Monastery in Southern Bhutan.

Besides overseeing his monasteries in India and Bhutan, Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche raises interest in animal saving. Rinpoche founded Jangsa Animal Saving Trust a NGO in Bhutan in the year 2000, after a personal experience of auspicious coincidence when five bulls appeared to seek refuge from a local slaughterhouse at Rinpoche’s monastery – Jangsa Dechen Choling in Kalimpong. Rinpoche is a cousin of H.H. the Je Khenpo, who is the Head of the Drukpa Kagyu in Bhutan.

Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche holds the spiritual lineages of the Dudjom Tersar and of the Longchen Nyingthig traditions. From his first days, he received the blessings of many great lamas and as a boy, he received many important empowerments and transmissions from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche in person. Rinpoche’s father, Lama Pema Longdrol, gave him many teachings and transmissions, including the detailed instructions on the tantric deity of Vajrakilaya. He has been blessed to receive Dzogchen and other teachings from Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and from H.H. Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.

At the age of 14, Lama Kunzang joined H.H. Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche’s monastery in Gangtok, where he studied and trained in meditation for 13 years. He received all the transmissions for the Nyingma School’s sacred texts. As well as studying with the monastery’s renowned scholars and meditation masters, he also had personal instruction and guidance from H.H. Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche himself. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche then completed the three year retreat under the guidance of H.H. Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche.

Jangsa Animal Saving Trust is pleased to share with you our 15 minutes documentary film "ZHIWAI LAMTOEN" The path of peace coinciding the auspicious Chotrul Dawa. The documentary highlights the journey undertaken by Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche and his team of Jangsa volunteers across the country advocating on the choice of food and its consequences based on scientific and spiritual reasonings. As part of the advocacy, the documentary depicts the use of theatre act titled "Aiee," as a medium to engage and exhibits the gradual decline of compassion from ones heart if one engages in non-virtuous act of killing. The documentary also follows the responses that the team had received from participants in schools, government offices and local communities across all 20 Dzongkhags. The documentary examines and sends out the message of peace with reflection on the noble and compassionate activities of successive dharma kings in Bhutan. Zhiwai- Lamtoen, the path of peace is brought to you by Jangsa Animal Saving Trust with the support from Brigitte Bardot Foundation.