Program Description


Shakyamuni Sadhana in Translation and Practice

With Dr. Catherine Dalton

Open Dates
At the express wish of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, long-time translator and Rangjung Yeshe Institute faculty member Dr. Catherine Dalton will lead an online course focused on "The Treasury of Blessings" sadhana of Shakyamuni Buddha. Composed by Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche's (1846-1912) and widely considered to be a "mind-treasure" (gongter), this sadhana is both poetically rich in composition and totally complete in its practical framework. Furthermore, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has extensively praised its qualities and provided teachings to unfold its depths. This course will proceed in two parts. In the first part we will engage in a linguistic approach to the sadhana…

Private Retreat at Gomde California

Open Dates
Click here to see photos of our Private Retreat facilities The wild beauty of Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California is an ideal environment for personal meditation practice. The waters of Eel River and Cedar creek flow through stands of fir and pine, and ever-changing light pours into the river valley. The natural environment of Gomde California supports a sense of awe and renunciation in our residents. In addition to the splendid setting, many Tibetan masters have blessed the land with their practice and realization. We encourage serious Buddhist practitioners who are studying under the guidance of an authentic teacher to apply…

Online Treasury of Blessings Practice

With Lama Kunzang Drolma

January 14 - April 18, 2021
Join our online practice of the Shakyamuni Buddha sadhana from home! Since the spring, Gomde California has been streaming our Treasury of Blessings practice sessions on Sunday mornings. We are now offering it on Zoom—a perfect opportunity for our community to come together and reconnect with this essential practice, led by Lama Kunzang Drolma.

The Practice of Chöd: An In-Depth Workshop

With Dr. Catherine Dalton

March 27 - 28, 2021
Chöd, or “cutting through,” is a profound practice that cuts to the heart of wisdom and compassion. Traditionally attributed to the eleventh-century female practitioner, Machig Labdrön, it is prevalent in many Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Combining the view of the Prajnaparamita Sutras with tantric visualization methods, chöd is a direct meditational approach to severing ego-clinging. Chöd practice is also known for its hauntingly beautiful melodies, and has traditionally been used as part of Buddhist healing rituals. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche has repeatedly emphasized the importance of practicing of chöd, and of perfecting our understanding of both its profound meaning and its lineage of ritual techniques. We are very fortunate that RYI Professor and Tibetan…

Medicine Buddha: Door to Boundless Healing

With Lama Bruce Newman

April 24 - 25, 2021
In this weekend retreat, Lama Bruce Newman will help us uncover our innate capacity for healing. Using Tulku Thondup’s book, Boundless Healing, Lama Bruce will guide us through profound meditations on the Medicine Buddha that nurture both health and liberation. This retreat will benefit anyone interested in healing as a means for self-transformation. Please join us for this weekend of teaching and practice so that you can learn practices that will improve health and bring comfort during times of illness and mental distress. This retreat is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of experience, no previous exposure to…