Drupon Dorje joined the Drikung Kagyu Institute in 1993, and has received instruction in philosophy, Gongchig, Theckchen Tenying, Dhagpo Thargyan, and Uttaratantra from Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen and other profound teachers of the Lineage. In 1995 Drupon Dorje received full ordination vows from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and in the same year accomplished the ngondro practices to mahamudra and the grand mantra recitation of Chakrasamvara. In 1996, he received initiation into the Profound Path of the Six Yogas of Naropa. Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche has completed two (2) three-year retreat courses, one at Almora and one at Lachi, holy retreat place of the great yogi, Milarepa. He has received profound instructions too numerous to mention during these retreats.
In 2005, he received the five-deities Hevajra according to Marpa’s tradition of empowerment, transmission and instructions from H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and in 2006 he completed the grand mantra recitation of glorious Hevajra’s fire puja at the Almora retreat center.
Drupon Rinchen Dorje currently resides in the Chicago area and is the Resident Lama for Chicago Ratna Shri.