Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche, was born in 1939 in Kham, Tibet. He was recognized as the 5th reincarnation of Samdhong Rinpoche at the age of 5. As a 12-year old, Samdhong Rinpoche went to Lhasa to complete higher studies. Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche served as the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile from 2001 until 2011. Watch his entire interview at http://youtube.com/watch?v=sBzkywjWTxs or read the transcript at http://tibetoralhistory.org/Interviews/23B_Samdhong_Rinpoche.pdf
This interview about life in Tibet was conducted by the Tibet Oral History Project. This non-profit organization aims to preserve the history and culture of the Tibetan people by interviewing elderly Tibetan refugees about life in Tibet before and after the Chinese invasion. Learn more at http://www.TibetOralHistory.org.