Lama Thubten Gyatso, served as the treasurer of the Mahakaruna Foundation, an organization founded by H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche to support practitioners in Asia. For many years, he worked with Rinpoche, then with Jigme Rinpoche, the current president of Mahakaruna, to gather and distribute funds to individuals and monasteries, and has traveled toTibet several times. Currently he is the Gonla (holder of the extensive protector practices) at Rigdzin Ling.
In 1996, Chagdud Rinpoche ordained him as a lama. An accomplished painter and visual artist, Lama Thubten worked with Rinpoche and other lamas on traditional Tibetan art projects, while privately producing luminous paintings and pastels.