Kunchok Thrinley Lhundup Namgyal was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984 as the eldest son of yogi Lama Jorjel and Yangchen Dolkar from Kham, Tibet. At the age of two, the 37th throne holder of Drikung Kaygudpa, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche recognized him as the 11th reincarnation of Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche.
Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche has also received many precepts, oral transmissions, initiations of entire Kagyudpa teachings from H.H. Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche and entire teaching of Nyingmapa order from H.H. Penor Rinpoche.