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Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and the Rangjung Yeshe Buddhist Study Institute

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.

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Sakya Dokho Choling

   Tulku Nyima arrived in the U.S. in 2003 as a Research Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. The events leading to his Spontaneous Teaching Tour in 2003 are detailed in  “An Inspiring Story”  (next link). Just a few days before leaving the U.S. in 2003, Nyima Rinpoche announced his intention to establish his very first dharma center in the West.
He named this center Sakya Dokho Choling, after his own Dokho Monastery in Tibet. Sakya Dokho Choling is located in Germantown, Maryland, and is considered a branch of the Dokho Monastery. Nyima Rinpoche decided to establish his first center on the East Coast of United States because, as he said, the sun rises in the East.
Before traveling back to Tibet due to expiration of his visa, Tulku Nyima Rinpoche returned to the Drikung Mahayana Center. On his last day in the Washington, D.C. area, Rinpoche conducted a short Refuge ceremony and announced his intention to establish a Sakya center in the eastern United States, his first in the West. He named this center Sakya Dokho Choling. He said that he would come back to the U.S. in November 2004 along with a Chinese language translator/ attendant. He has offered to lead a three-month Dzogchen-style retreat given sufficient interest among students.
This retreat would be organized to meet the needs of two types of students: those who can spend the entire three months with Rinpoche, and those who can come only on the weekends.
In 2003, Tulku Nyima Rinpoche met His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, a full lineage holder of the Sakya Tradition, at the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle. Following the meeting, Tulku Nyima Rinpoche received a letter of support from His Holiness Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche. The year 2003 also marked the auspicious year in which His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the current Head of the Sakya Order, visited North America to bestow teachings and to consecrate Tsechen Kunchub Ling, his North American seat in Walden, N.Y. Following a meeting between His Holiness Sakya Trizin and Tulku Nyima Rinpoche in New York City, His Holiness Sakya Trizin recognized Tulku Nyima Rinpoche as a genuine reincarnate lama of the Sakya tradition, and offered his full support towards Rinpoche’s efforts to rebuild the Dokho Monastery that currently houses over 800 monks.
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