Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche founded the Rangjung Yeshe Buddhist Study Institute (RYI), an international Buddhist college, or “shedra,” which offers in-depth Buddhist education to international students. Since then RYI has established a Buddhist Study Center at the University of Kathmandu, a degree-granting institution for scholarship and academic research that offers BA, MA and PhD degrees in Buddhist Studies and Himalayan Languages to local and foreign students.
Rinpoche also created Rangjung Yeshe Publications with a view to disseminating high-quality translations of authentic Buddhist literature. Erik Pema Kunsang is the main translator of most publications.
Furthermore, Rinpoche formed the Dharmachakra Translation Group, a committee of expert translators dedicated to translating and publishing classic Buddhist treatises from the canon of Tibetan and Sanskrit scriptures. Rinpoche has good English skills, and has instructed more Western students to practice meditation since 1977. In addition, every fall Rinpoche holds a 10-day Autumn Seminar on Buddhism – topics ranging from the most basic. for the most esoteric.
Many of the Rinpoche Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers, or “Gomdes,” now offer teaching and meditation retreats to students in America, Austria, Denmark, France, Malaysia, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Smaller study groups are also formed under his direction in many other countries.
For more than 40 years, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has overseen the welfare and spiritual education of nearly 500 monks and nuns who mainly live at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, Asura Cave Retreat Center and Nagi Gompa Hermitage Retreat. His sincere hope is to double the number of ordained practitioners. With this growth in mind, the monasteries and retreat centers have consistently increased and expanded.
Meanwhile, most of Rinpoche’s daily life is devoted to the spiritual needs of the local congregation both Tibetan and Nepalese lay practitioners. In addition to his activities locally, and for the betterment of the surrounding monastic community, Rinpoche established the Shenpen charitable organization. Shenpen discusses the practical needs of the disadvantaged, such as health care and education, as well as intense earthquake relief and is managed by a number of close Western Rinpoche students.