The founder and director of our center is Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.
This well-known meditation master and teacher has been teaching students around the world for more than 30 years.
Characterized by warmth, humor and wit, his teachings provide a unique opportunity to connect directly with Buddhism in a fresh, lively and timely manner.
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche was born in 1951 as the eldest son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in eastern Tibet. While still a young child he was recognized as the seventh incarnation of the Drikung Kagyu master Gar Drubchen, a Tibetan siddha, as well as the emanation of the great 2nd century Indian philosopher Nagarjuna.
Shortly before the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, Rinpoche left with his family for Sikkim. From the ages of 13 to 24, he studied in the Karma Kagyü, Drikung Kagyü, and Nyingma traditions under the guidance of such eminent masters as the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He achieved the degree of khenpo at a very early age.
In 1974 he left Rumtek to join his family in Boudhanath, Nepal, where, at the command of the 16th Karmapa, they established the monastery Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Installed as the monastery's abbot in 1975 by the Karmapa, Rinpoche followed the Karmapa's advice to turn his efforts towards instructing Western practitioners.
At first, he started teaching travelers on weekends, however over the years, these teachings developed into an annual ten-day autumn seminar.
To this day, Rinpoche's Saturday morning teachings in the monastery are a popular event, each week attracting visitors from far and wide.
In 1991 he founded the Rangjung Yeshe Institute for Buddhist Studies. This internationally recognized university offers students from all over the world the opportunity to formally study Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan language and culture, as well as Sanskrit and Nepali at an academic level.
Rinpoche is also the founder of Rangjung Yeshe Publications with more than 40 Buddhist titles, including his own books: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen; The Song of Karmapa; The Bardo Book; Indisputable Truth; Present Fresh Wakefulness; and Sadness, Love, Openness: The Buddhist Path of Joy.
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche's social involvement is reflected in the charitable organization Shenpen Association, which has been supporting various social causes in Nepal for more than 14 years and is currently heavily involved in rebuilding the country after the major earthquake which devastated much of the country in 2015.