Mugsang Kuchen was born to Penpa Dorjee (father) and Sonam Yangzom (mother) in 1974, on the tenth day of the fourth Tibetan Month with miraculous signs. At the age of two, His Holiness Dujom Rinpoche and his Holiness Drubwang Penor Rinpoche recognized him as the unmistakable reincarnation of Chogtrul Kunzang Sherab. From the age of three, Penor Rinpoche looked after him with great compassion and care. When he reached the age of four, he recieved the Rinchen Terzod Empowerment cycle from His Holiness Drodrub Rinpoche. Beginning from age five, he learned to read and write in Tibetan and began training in the distinct rituals of the Palyul tradition.
Subsequently, he received the Kama Empowerments, instructions on Ngondro, Tsa Lung and Dzogchen directly from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Thus he has upheld and continued the supreme activities of his predecessor. He studied common sciences such as grammar, poerty , logic as well as the uncommon science of Buddhist philosophy at
Ngagyur Nyingma Institute.