Sonam Deutsen studied mainly with four teachers:
He lived, taught and assumed the leadership of Dartsang Kalzang Gompa, Dudjom Lingpa’s seat in Golok. A tertön himself, he revealed more than five volumes of terma. Sonam Deutsen's consort was Garza Chöying Drolma, a daughter of Sera Khandro. One of his son is Choktrul Doli Nyima (b. 1946).
- Ak Datzang Kalzang Gön