Tsultrim Gyatso was born in Ngaba. He was a monk at Gomang Monastery where he undertook traditional studies, as well as training in making sand mandala. He continued his studies at Ganden Shartse Monastery in India from 1989 to 1999. Recognizing his high skills in sand mandala, his monastery sent him as one of a group of monks on a tour demonstrating the art. He currently lives in New York City.