Acharya Lopon Dawa became a monk in March 1983, and enrolled in Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe, Mysore, South India. For eight years, he received basic religious training in the primary school of the monastery.
In 1990, he entered Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (NNI), the Branch College of Namdroling Monastery, where he studied Buddhist philosophy and practice, Tibetan Language and Poetry, Political and Religious History for nine years. He graduated from NNI and formally became a Lopon (Master of Buddhist Philosophy and Practice) in the year 2002. In 2003, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche awarded him the traditional degree of Ngesang Lekshed Zodchang (Treasure Holder of Definitive Secret Mantra Teachings).
After finishing his studies, he served the monastery as a teacher in Yeshe Odsal Sherap Raldriling for a year. From 2004 to 2007, he served the monastery as a Manager of Paljor Dhargyeling, a branch unit of H.H. Penor Rinpoche’s Charity Foundation.
In 2008 he visited Palyul Centre UK, where he made a series of Buddhist prayers and practice, and gave teaching programmes in the Tibetan language. After his stay in Europe Lopon Dawa supervised the education of the young monks and other main activities in Taksham Monastery (Donden Ling, Kollegal, South India). Presently, he is the main assistant of Pema Rinpoche and Resident Lama in the German Palyul Center in Zuesch.