Pema Tendar was born in the Indian state of Assam. At the age of thirteen, he entered the Tashi Choling monastery and was ordained as a monk in 1995. He spent ten years at the monastery studying subjects such as basic reading, writing, Torma (spiritual cake offering), ritual instruments, spiritual dance, and so on. His root guru, H.H. Terton Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche, bestowed precious teachings, empowerments, and oral transmissions on him. In 2004, he went to Namdroling Monastery in Mysore Karnataka in south India for further studies in Buddhist philosophy. He completed his nine-year Buddhist philosophy course in 2015. He also received empowerment, oral transmission, and instruction from numerous Rinpoches and great Khenpos. In 2018, he received the Lopon degree from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. After finishing his studies, he served at the monastery for four years, the first year as a secretary in the senior secondary school of the monastery and the next three years as the treasurer of the monastery.