After a few years in a monastery, Rinpoche studied medicine in Paris at Faculté Libre des Sciences de la Santé.
He was initially ordained in 1985 at the age of 16 by Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and later fully ordained by Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama. Shenphen Rinpoche has been recognised as a tulku of Lama Gendun Rabgye, from Kharnang Monastery, Tibet. In 1986, Rinpoche was requested to teach others in France.
Since then, was requested to teach in many other countries. Over the next five years, he engaged in humanitarian activities, mainly in India, but also in Nepal and Russia (for street children). Rinpoche created AMCHI Association, an association that organises humanitarian missions.
Between 1998 and 2001, following the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Shenphen Rinpoche was director of a retreat centre in Greece. He then moved to Spain to open a small center, until 2002. Rinpoche travels frequently in Hungary, Austria, France, Romania, and Russia.
Lama Shenphen Rinpoche has practiced for over twenty years a method combining mantras and meditation, oriented toward healing physical and psychological ailments.