Born in Cardiff, Wales in 1948, Mike met Lama Chime in 1967 after he had been given a p'urba and was looking for someone to explain what it was. Once met, they soon became fast friends. Mike took refuge in 1970 and after many years of study and meditation retreats, was ordained as a lama in 1988.
In 1986, Mike found a terma which had first been discovered by Pema Lingpa in 1483, but which had been lost for several hundred years.
Lama Chime gave Lama Mike responsibility for teaching his US students in 1989.