Thupten Lungrig was born in Amdo Rebkong, Tibet, in 1957. He attended the Central School for Tibetans in Dalhousie. In 1981, he obtained his Masters or “Acharya” Degree from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), Varanasi, India.
Mr. Lungrig has served the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) for 15 years in various capacities. First he served as a teacher at the Tibetan Children’s Village School (TCV) in Dharamshala. He then was promoted as Principal of TCV School, Suja in 1991. Later in 1993, Mr. Lungrig also became its Director.
In 1996, Mr. Lungrig was one of the three members who were appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the 12th Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies (ATPD). The ATPD unanimously elected him as Deputy Speaker of the House (then referred to as Vice-Chair).
In 2001 he was elected to the 13th ATPD or Tibetan Parliament-in-exile from the Dhomey constituency (Amdo province). He was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Parliament-in-exile.
In September 2001, Mr. Lungrig was nominated by the first directly-elected Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, as a member of the 12th Kashag. During his term as Kalon, Mr. Lungrig held the joint portfolios of, first, the Department of Religion & Culture and the Department of Education, and later, the joint portfolios of the Departments of Health and Education.
In September 2006, Mr. Lungrig was again nominated as a member of the 13th Kashag by Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche. He served as the Kalon of the Department of Education.
In 2011, he was elected in the 15th Tibetan Parliament in Exile.