Southern California Region Yeshe Nyingpo was founded in 1983 by H.H Kyabje Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Rinpoche. Back then it was known as Yeshe Nyingpo Los Angeles and was led by The Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, who was appointed by H.H as the center's Spiritual Director. In 1993, under the direction of Gyatrul Rinpoche, a corporation was formed under the name Souther California Region Yeshe Nyingpo. Since then the center has been maintained by devoted sangha members including:
+ David Johnson (1993 - 1996)
+ Suzanne Soehner (1996 - 1998)
+ Sondra Bennett
Currently the center is maintained and organized by Lopon Ed Heckerman, who is a student of H.H Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche and was appointed by him to look after the center in 1999. The center changed locations many times but has always remained in Santa Monica. It is now located at Lopon Ed and his wife Simone's residence: 1001 Harvard Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403.
Over the years, SCRYN has hosted many visiting Lamas including:
+ Bhaka Tulku Rinpoche
+ The Venerable Yangtang Tulku
+ Sangye Khandro
+ Lama Tenzin Samphel
+ Tulku Thadral
+ Lama Jampa Thaye
Lake Born Tshoks and Khandro Thuk Thik Tshoks are performed regularly at the center. On Great Wheel Days, Shakyamuni Buddha Tshok is performed, along with freeing lives by releasing crickets in nearby mountains. Over the years, Lopon Ed has also given teachings on the Five Dhyani Buddha Yoga, Shi-ne (calm-abiding), the Concise Tersar Ngöndro, and Riwo Sang Chö.