Menpa Kalsang Wangyal was born in 1966 in Ringpung Yakdey in central Tibet. Menpa Wangyal became a Buddhist monk and studied at the Jokhang monastery in Lhasa,Tibet. He graduated from the prestigious Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India in 1994 and was awarded an honorary degree of Menrampa (T.M.D) in 2004. He is also one of the few Tibetan doctors who is certified to prepare Tsothel in Tibetan “Precious Pill”, which requires a complex formula forming an integral part of traditional medical practice.
Since completing his studies, Menpa Wangyal has pursued a clinical practice at several clinics in India and Nepal and has also specialized in pharmacology. Menpa Wangyal is also an expert in the use of Precious Jewel Medicines – the most unique medicine in the Tibetan pharmacopoeia. Menpa Wangyal has traveled extensively around the world, participating in medical conferences, seminars and exhibitions and treating patients in Kazakhstan, Poland and Germany. At UCSF, he gave a case-based presentation at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He currently resides in Berkeley, CA.