sMenri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche is the current Ponlob (head teacher) of the Bön Dialectic School at sMenri Monastery in Dolanji, India. He was born in 1962 in northwest Nepal, in the village of Tsakha. Ponlob Rinpoche is a member of the famous and ancient lineage of Yangton Lamas, who were the priests of NyaTri Tsenpa, the first king of Tibet.
At the age of 13, he went into a series of three-month retreats during 1975-77. During this time he focused on advanced Bön practices. He completed the foundation for Dzogchen, and received transmissions and empowerments from a many different masters. In 1979, His Eminence came to sMenri Monastery, where he studied and received his Geshe degree. He was ordained at sMenri Monastery under His Holiness, the 33rd sMenri Trizin and H.E. Yongzin Rinpoche. Soon after completing his degree, he was appointed Dialectic Teacher for the Bön Dialectic School. In 1992, he was given the title of Lopon (head teacher) of the Bön Dialectic School at sMenri Monastery.