Ngagwang Pedma Namgyal Palzangpo (His Holiness Penam Rinpoche) was born in 1925 between the Machu River and the Machen Pomra Mountain in Amdo, Tibet.
He has been identified and honored since childhood by many high lamas and tulkus as a highly enlightened being and the upholder of the Jonang doctrine and the Kalachakra Tantra.
At the age of 3, a high lama from the Nyima lineage identified him as the incarnation of a supreme being. At the age of 5, Chempa Chozin, another high lama from the Nyima lineage came to him to pay high respect as if greeting a great yogi who has many deep realizations.
At the age of 7, Palyo Chukdrup Rinpoche, the highest lama of the region, visited him with great reverence recognizing him as a highly enlightened being, and asked his parents for permission to take the boy to his monastery.
His parents were reluctant to have their child leave, but two years later he was invited to Lama Tsenpa Monlam Sangpo’s Monastery (a modern Milarepa Monastery).
HH Penam Rinpoche received numerous instructions and commentaries on the sutras as well as numerous quintessential instructions, transmissions, and the empowerments and commentaries for the Four Tantras, especially the Completion Stage of the Kalachakra from Lama Monlam Sangpo.