Wood Valley Temple & Guest House

A Peaceful sanctuary


A Peaceful Sanctuary

Providing a space for meditation and contemplation since 1973

Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling "Immutable Island of Melodious Sound" is a Buddhist temple and retreat located on 25 acres in Wood Valley, the Ka'u District of the Island of Hawai'i.

Established in 1973 by the Venerable Nechung Rinpoche, Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling is a center for the dissemination of the Buddhist teachings. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has taught and stayed here. Visiting Tibetan lamas of all lineages are invited to teach programs at events open to the public. This is a place where great masters have taught and students have practiced teachings through contemplation and meditation.

Wood Valley Temple, as it is known locally, has a guest house and retreat facilities. Guest rooms are available for a relaxing getaway or the entire Guest House is available for booking for a group workshop or retreat. Quiet, charming and peaceful - this is a wonderful place to relax, reflect and explore this fascinating area of Ka'u on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Staying here is a unique, memorable experience and everyone is welcome.




96-2285 Wood Valley Road,
Pahala, Hawaii 96777


(808) 928-8539


Accommodations for groups & individuals in Wood Valley, Hawai`i

➤ nonprofit organization

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Temple, Retreat & Guest House

The guest house and retreat facilities has private rooms and common areas perfect for a relaxing getaway or book the full facility for a group workshop or retreat. Quiet, charming and peaceful - this is a wonderful place to explore the area of Ka'u on the Big Island of Hawai'i….BOOKINGS

Buddhism as it has been practiced and taught in Tibet for centuries, is the religion of an entire population of people; their lives and culture are intertwined with this faith. As early as the 7th century, Indian masters travelled over the high mountain passes, upon the invitation of the Tibetan kings…MORE

Over the past four decades, NDDL hosted programs with over 50 lamas of all the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Some lamas have come on multiple visits, gave teachings on the Foundational Practices, Highest Yoga Tantra, Mahamudra and Dzogchen….MORE

Like many ancient civilizations of the world, the phenomenon of oracles remains an important part of the Tibetan way of life. Tibetans rely on oracles for various reasons. The purpose of the oracles is not just to foretell the future. They are called upon as protectors and sometimes used as healers…MORE

Retreats with visiting lamas of all four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism are conducted at the temple several times a year. These programs are on various aspects of Buddhist philosophy & meditation. Subjects cover all stages of practice in Buddhist Sutra and Tantra…UPCOMING EVENTS

One of the most historic events to take place in the Ka'u District on the Big Island was the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Nechung Dorje Drayang in Wood Valley in 1994. Over 3500 people came to listen to his afternoon talk as he spoke from the temple veranda….MORE

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All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness ... the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama