At the age of six, Lama Gursam entered the Drikung Kagyu Monastery in Tso Pema, India, where he completed his basic education and studied Buddhist philosophy, practice, ritual and conduct. In 1981, he began his college education at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (University) in Sarnath, Varanasi, India. He earned his bachelor’s degree in advanced Buddhist philosophy. Upon graduation, he also received a special award from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
In 1995, Lama Gursam came to the USA, where he taught Buddhist philosophy. Later, Lama Gursam met His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, whom he considers to be the second Milarepa. Under Rinpoche’s guidance, together with Venerable Traga Rinpoche, Lama Gursam completed the traditional three-year retreat in 2002, practicing Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa.
Lama Gursam founded the Bodhicitta Foundation in 2004 and teaches in many Dharma centers in North and South America, Europe, and India. Lama continues to receive advanced teachings from Kagyu and Nyingma masters, as well as, Pranayama techniques by Indian yoga masters.