Lobsang Phuntsok Lhalungpa was a Tibetan scholar and government official during the twentieth century. Descending from the ancient Lhalung clan on his paternal side, his father was the Nechung Oracle for part of the tenure of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Educated in a secular Lhasa school as well as at Drepung Monastery, Lobsang Phuntsok Lhalungpa entered government service as monk-official at the age of sixteen. Spending decades in India, both before and after the Communist takeover of Tibet, Lhalungpa became an important figure in early exile politics and cultural preservation initiatives. He was chief of the Tibetan Division of All India Radio for over two decades before relocating to North America where he continued his scholarship of Tibetan Buddhism, publishing the first complete English translation of the The Life of Milarepa, as well as a translation of a seminal Kagyu work on Mahāmudrā. He retired to Santa Fe, where he was an active member of the community, continuing to teach and write, as well as volunteering with hospice patients.