Geshe Palden Sangpo was born in 1972 in Kham Karze, eastern Tibet. He left his hometown at the age of 12 and crossed the Himalayan mountains on foot to be educated in Sera Jhe Mahayana Monastery in southern India. He received his novice vows in 1987 from Gaden Tripa Lobsang Nima at Drepung Monastery. In 1995, he received his full ordaination vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Sera Monastery. After 17 years of studying the five major Buddhist texts at Sera Jhe Monastery, he graduated as one of the youngest people ever to receive a Geshe degree. At the guidance of his teacher, Sera Jhe abbot Geshe Lobsang Delek, Geshe Sangpo then went to Gurmey Tantric Monastery for a one year course of study on tantra. After completing this course, he returned to Sera Jhe Monastery and was elected to a three year position as the Administrator of Sera Jhe Healthcare Community.
Ritual practice, particularly Haya Girva ritual practice, is Geshe Sangpo’s area of expertise. For five years he was one of the leaders of the Haya Girva practice group in Sera Jhe Monastery. In 2008, Geshe Sangpo moved to Raleigh North Carolina where he teaches several classes and provides guidance on ritual practice at the Kadampa Center, FPMT. He has lectured on the topic of Tibetan Buddhism and its rituals at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University as well as many smaller schools such as Elon College, Meredith College, University of North Carolina-Asheville and Winston Salem State University.