At age 8, Amdo Tenzin became a monk at Jajung Monastery in Amdo Chungya. In 1958, he left for Lhasa and joined the Sera Monastery. On March 11th, 1959, he joined with other volunteers as security guard of the Norbulingka Palace. He is able to give a detailed recollection of the events that followed. Later on, he joined the Amdo regiment of the Chu-Shi-Gang-Druk headed by Amdo Jinpa Gyatso.