Kunsel Dawa studied at schools and monasteries till the age of twenty-five. With the renown scholar Alak Bongya, he studied calligraphy, including the Bönpo scripts of mar chen and mar chung. In 2003 and 2004, he participated in a number of calligraphy competitions, for which he was awarded first- and second-place prizes. He then moved to India, where he participated in other competitions in Tibetan-language composition and calligraphy. He has been a first-place winner for several years in a row.