Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

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Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche (Nepali: छोकी निमा रिम्पोचे, alternatively in English spelled: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche) (b. 1951[1]) is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master. He is the abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.[1] He is the author of several books, founder of meditation centers around the world, and acclaimed teacher teaching internationally.


Born in 1951[1] in Nakchukha, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche is the eldest son of Kunsang Dechen, a devoted Buddhist practitioner, and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche[1], who was considered one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of our time. When he was 18 months old, Chökyi Nyima was recognized as the seventh incarnation Tibetan meditation master Gar Drubchen from Drikung Kagyu lineage.[1] Not long after being recognized as tulku, he was enthroned at Drong Gon Tubten Dargye Ling, in Nakchukha, north of the capital city Lhasa.[1]

Chökyi Nyima and his family fled Tibet due to the Chinese invasion.[1] He and his younger brother, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, soon enrolled at the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie, India. At age thirteen, he entered Rumtek Monastery and spent 11 years studying under the care of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. In his youth he studied the Karma Kagyu, Drikung Kagyu, and Nyingma traditions. He also studied under Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, and his father, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.[1]

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche left Rumtek in 1974. Upon completion of the monastery in 1976, the Karmapa enthroned Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche as the abbott of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.[1] To this day the monastery is the center of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche's activities and his main place of residence.

Projects and Centers[edit]

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual head of numerous centers for Buddhist study and meditation in Asia, Europe, and North America. [2]

In Nepal[edit]

Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery at Boudhanath - a study and practice center for Tibetan Buddhism.

Rangjung Yeshe Institute - a study center located at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery for mostly non-monastic students operated in co-operation with Kathmandu University offering BA, MA, PhD, and short term study opportunities.

Thousand Buddha Temple, officially known as Pal Thubten Shedrub Ling - a new temple being built in Lumbini, Nepal - the UNESCO Heritage Site where Prince Siddhartha who became Buddha Shakyamuni was born.

Asura Cave Retreat Center - a retreat center at the holy site in Pharping, Nepal in the Southern Part of Kathmandu Valley.

Nagi Gompa Nunnery - a nunnery in Shivapuri National Park on the Northern edge of Kathmandu Valley.

Hetauda Nunnery - a small nunnery 50km away from Kathmandu.

Shenpen Nepal - a non-profit social work organization based in Nepal.

In Tibet[edit]

Drong Gompa - the seat of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche in his previous incarnations.[3]

International Meditation Centers[4][edit]

Ka-Nying Ling Dharma Society Kuala Lumpur - in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Denmark - near Aarhus, Denmark.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Germany-Austria - near Scharnstain, Upper-Austria.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Pyrenees - near Perpignan, France in a small village named La Bastide.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Russia - near Moscow.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Scotland

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde United Kingdom - near Doncaster

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Ukraine

There are additionally smaller Dharma Houses in New York, Mexico City, Israel, Holland, Sweden, Australia, Wales, Switzerland, and other places.


Dharmachakra Translation Committee - is dedicated to making classical Buddhist literature available to modern readers in their native languages.

Rangjung Yeshe Publications - presenting high quality translations of authentic Buddhist literature.

Online Dharma[edit] - a prayer service offered by the monks and nuns of the Shedrub Mandala.[5] - offers Rinpoche's famous Saturday Talks, the annual November seminars, teachings and advice to a global audience.

Tara’s Triple Excellence - a daily online meditation program that guides one step-by-step along the path to enlightenment.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "About Us – Shedrub". Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche". Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Monks & Nuns – Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling & affiliated Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries for the Study & Practice of the 3 Yanas". Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Centers – Gomde". Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  5. ^ "Shedrub – The Online Home of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche". Retrieved 2018-04-26. 

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