Geshe YongDong was born in 1969 in the Amdo region of Tibet. As a child, he herded sheep and yaks in the Himalaya Mountains. It was lonely and dangerous work for a young boy, traveling alone through the cold and dark for days without seeing another human being. He experienced silence and being along with one’s fears.
Geshe YongDong knew he wanted to become a monk at the age of seven when his mother died and was visted by monks in his his chanting and praying. One young monk made a strong and lasting impression on him.
At the age of 13 he entered the Nangzig Bonpo Monastery, the largest Bon Monastery in Tibet. He took the “Getsul” monk’s vows. By the age of 15 he was studing logic, paramita (perfection), the middle way and traditional studies of Tibetan grammar, and poetry. At 16 years of age he took his “Gelong” monk’s vows from his beloved root teacher, Gyaltsap Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
In 1992 he escaped from Tibet into Kathmandu, Nepal. He studied in sMenri Monastery.
In 199- he traveled to France, to teach at the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center. Later that year he moved to Canada, where he was granted refugee status, and in 2007 was granted Canadian citizenship. He founded the Sherab Chamma Ling center in 2003. He is the author of several books.