Today, Nechung Monastery in occupied Tibet has about
sixteen monks. Over sixty monks are being given the full training in
these disciplines at the re-established monastery in India. Nechung
Dorje Drayang Ling in Hawai'i is affiliated with this eminent tradition
and is Nechung's headquarters in the West.
Nechung Monastery also struggled to maintain its' identity in exile.
Only six of the 115 monks from the original monastery in Tibet had
managed to flee in 1959, and Nechung Rinpoche, the head of the
monastery, escaped in 1962. In order to be close to His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, a small rented house in lower Dharamsala served as the
monastery's temporary base, where novice monks were recruited and
trained. After a few years, the Tibetan Government-In-Exile allotted
Nechung Monastery a small plot of land directly below The Library on
which a temple, a school,and monks' residences were built. Construction
began in 1977 and was complete by 1984.