Road to Freedom: A Journey from Occupied Tibet, could be the latest fictional thriller, full of political intrigue, realistic characters and nail-biting adventures. But the truth is, it is a real story told in divinely-written and intimate detail of the author’s personal journey, endorsed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself.
Author Marya Waifoon Schwabe and her husband, Michael “Miguel” Schwabe, were the perfectly qualified emissaries to undertake a ten-year sacred mission across the world to locate the reincarnation of their beloved teacher, Nechung Rinpoche and escort him out of Chinese-occupied Tibet to safety and tutelage in Dharamsala, India, and eventual continuation of the teachings of his predecessor at a Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Hawai‘i. He was but eight-years old at the time.
Nechung Rinpoche had passed away suddenly in 1983. He was the reincarnate lama of Nechung Monastery in Tibet and India, the institution that houses the Chief State Oracle of Tibet.
Wood Valley Temple on the Island of Hawai’i, also known as Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling was founded by him. The author and her husband serve as resident managers and caretakers for the temple. From 1975 to 1983, they lived and worked closely there with Rinpoche, immersing themselves in Buddhism and learning spoken and classical Tibetan from him. During and since that time, they have organized visits and teaching programs for more than fifty lamas, including two visits by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while continuing to travel extensively and study throughout Asia.