In 1959 his parents, who had had a second son,
Chökling Rinpoche, escaped with their two children to Nepal, where
they soon started to build the Ka-Nying monastery outside of Kathmandu
on land provided by the king of Nepal.
The young Rinpoche’s were sent to the sixteenth
Karmapa in Sikkim to study under his tutelage in his monastery at
Rumtek. In 1976 the 25 year old Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche who had by then
finished his studies in Sikkim became the head of the Ka-Nying Shedrub
He got the directive from the 16th Karmapa to focus
his efforts on teaching western students and the young Rinpoche then
engaged himself in intensive studies of the English language. Today he
is recognised worldwide as a brilliant scholar and teacher to whom
students can talk freely in English.