LAMA TASHI DONDUP was born in Tibet in 1952. From 1970 to 1988 he stayed at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, seat of His Holiness Karmapa, and received teachings on the major texts from Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Sal-je Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. He also studied ritual music and procedures, such as the making of tormas, the construction of mandalas, and the building of stupas. He completed a three-year retreat at Rumtek and then entered a one-year Kalachakra retreat under Bokar Rinpoche's guidance in Mirik, in the Darjeeling district of India. In 1988 Lama Tashi went to Kamalashila Institute for Buddhist Studies in Germany, where he served as resident lama for ten years.

Lama Tashi moved to Toronto, Canada in 1998, and in 2002, he founded Karma Tekchen Zabsal Ling, a center located there.