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Marya Waifoon Schwabe

Marya Schwabe is the Administrative Director at Wood Valley Temple (Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling) on Hawai’i Island. Marya and her husband Michael reside at the temple, which was established in 1974 by Nechung Rinpoche, an eminent Tibetan lama. They studied, lived, and worked with him for eight years until his passing in 1983. Marya has organized two programs for His Holiness the Dalai Lama; in addition to visits for fifty Tibetan teachers of all lineages. She is fluent in Tibetan and has translated for many of these lamas. In 1987 and 1993, following the guidance of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Marya, Michael, and a monk from Nechung Monastery in India, made three journeys to Tibet in search of Nechung Rinpoche’s reincarnation. The story of their search, discovery, and escape with their teacher’s reincarnation is documented in her memoir “Road to Freedom: A Journey From Occupied Tibet.”
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