Lhundub Sopa is one of the few remaining Tibetan masters to have been trained in his homeland of Tibet prior to the Chinese occupation. He gained a reputation early on as a dedicated and brillant scholar and was chosen as one of the Dalai Lama's debate examiners during the annual Prayer Festival in 1959. Shortly thereafter, he joined the exodus of Tibetans to India, and in 1962 moved to New Jersey. In 1967, he was invited to teach in the recently formed Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is the founder of Deer Park Buddhist Center in Oregon, Wisconsin.