|In 1973, he established Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, a
temple and meditation center in Hawaii for the study of Buddhist
meditation and Tibetan culture. He lived in Hawai'i until 1983, and made
a few visits to his main monastery in Dharamsala. During his stays, he
passed numerous lineages of initiations, oral transmissions and
commentaries on the practices unique to the traditions of Nechung
In August, 1983, Nechung Rinpoche "manifested the act of passing away
into Parinirvana in order to reveal the transitoriness of human life."
He remained in a state of absorbed meditation, but following the past
tradition of Nechung Monastery, he was released three days later from
this state at the behest of Taglung Tsetrul Rinpoche.
Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche in Hawaii 1994
photo by Hannelore