Program Description


Luminous Wilderness: Philosophical Reflections on Sacred Natural Sites

With Dr. Stephen Jenkins

Open Dates
This talk aspires to enhance appreciation of wilderness as a valuable resource for Buddhist practice, particularly in regard to the exquisite natural setting of Gomde California. It will examine how, since earliest times, Buddhists spatialized values in cosmology and maṇḍalic thinking and acted on those conceptions through pilgrimage, gardens, forest meditation centers, and visionary engagement with natural beauty. His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote that "places often have a power that we cannot easily describe or explain. When approached with an awareness of the emptiness and luminosity underlying all appearances, they can encourage us to expand our vision not only…

Travel, Translation, and Transmission: The Life of Vanaratna

With Dr. Ryan Damron

Open Dates
In this talk, Dr. Ryan Damron will help us explore the Indian pandita Vanaratna's (1384-1468) biography, and discuss the insights it gives us into the patterns of the transmission of Buddhism in fifteenth-century India, Nepal, and Tibet. Vanaratna lived a remarkable life that unfolded across the length and breadth of South Asia and traversed the Himalayan range. Born when Buddhism was rapidly declining in India, Vanaratna left his homeland to establish his career in the flourishing Buddhist cultures of Nepal and Tibet. As a teacher, author, and pilgrim, Vanaratna traveled through and lived among many of the diverse Buddhist communities…

Buddhist Perspectives on Vegetarianism and the Modern Animal Rights Movement

With Dr. Geoffrey Barstow

Open Dates
Tibetan Buddhism contains diverse perspectives on the question of vegetarianism. In this talk, Dr. Geoffrey Barstow will explore some of those perspectives, illuminating the complex ethical debates over eating meat within the Buddhist tradition. He will then look at how those perspectives differ from those of the contemporary animal rights movement, suggesting places where Buddhist ideas could enrich contemporary debates.   Lecture Format Dr. Barstow will deliver this lecture via Zoom. Registrants will gain access to the recordings of all sessions. An hour-and-a-half in length, the lecture will include time for discussion and Q&A with the audience. Date: Thursday, December 16…

Sang: The Practice of Smoke Offering

With Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

Open Dates
Sang is the Tibetan Buddhist practice of offering precious incense to clear away obstacles and gather auspicious conditions for our Dharma practice. While the benefits of this practice are well known, the proper method for doing so is rarely taught in detail. Therefore, in this weekend workshop, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo guides us in how to correctly offer sang, using The Condensed Smoke Offering liturgy from the Guru's Heart Practice that Dispels All Obstacles (Tukdrup Barchey Kunsel) as a basis. Guru Padmasambhava himself extolled the benefits of sang practice as follows: "When done regularly, and especially to create auspicious circumstances when…

Becoming Divine: Four Stakes that Bind the Life-Force (Concise Daily Practice)

With Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

Open Dates
In this 4-part online series, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo unpacked an essential aspect of tantric practice—the development stage. To properly realize our innate nature through sadhana practice, the great masters from Guru Padmasambhava down to our present teachers emphasize the necessity of "binding the life force" of the deity through planting four "stakes". These four points condense the essential methods of the development stage, and thus allow us to truly take hold of the deity—our own deepest nature. Lama Tsultrim, a master himself in all aspects of tantric ritual practice, guided us through an in-depth exploration these four stakes that bind…

The Concise Daily Practice of Guru Rinpoche: Exploration of the Tibetan Language

With Dr. Catherine Dalton

Open Dates
This set of recorded teachings is extremely beneficial for anyone wishing to learn the meaning of  "The Concise Daily Practice" of Guru Rinpoche, by studying the Tibetan words of the text. No previous knowledge of Tibetan is required to derive benefit from this class. In this online workshop, Dr. Catherine Dalton will elucidate the profound meaning of the Tibetan text of the Manual for Concise Daily Practice (Gyünkyi Köljang), revealed by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa as part of his Dispeller of All Obstacles (Tukdrup Barché Künsel) treasure cycle. This simple, essential practice focuses upon Guru Padmasambhava, known affectionately as Guru Rinpoche,…

The Practice of Chöd: An In-Depth Workshop

With Dr. Catherine Dalton

Open Dates
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…

Personal Retreat at Gomde California

Open Dates
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 redwood, 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 for private retreat at Gomde California. Private Retreat Facilities Gomde…

Online Treasury of Blessings Practice

With Lama Kunzang Drolma

Open Dates
Join our online practice of the Shakyamuni Buddha sadhana from home! This a perfect opportunity to come together and engage in this essential practice, hosted by Ani Kunzang Drolma. SCHEDULE Regular Schedule: Sundays at 8:00 am (Pacific Time) Summer Schedule: Sundays at 7:00 am (Pacific Time) FORMAT Click "Register Now" to enter your information and receive the Zoom link. PRICE Free

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…

Buddhist Studies Summer Program 2024

June 6 - August 4, 2024
The Buddhist Studies Summer Program (BSSP) is an intensive residential study and practice program. Students in the BSSP spend four to eight weeks at our remote Northern California center, participating in concentrated daily sessions of Buddhist teaching and meditation led by lamas, teachers, and translators from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Nepal. This summer, we will focus on the Sutric and Tantric teachings of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, guided by skilled Tibetan monks from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Daily study of these philosophical and practice traditions will be supported by regular review sessions and ample space to integrate these teachings into our…

The Four Truths of the Noble Ones

With Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche

June 12 - 16, 2024
The Four Truths of the Noble Ones are foundational teachings, articulated by Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, as the framework for understanding the nature of existence and the path to liberation from suffering. Join us, as we dive deep into these teachings under the guidance of Tsangsar Rinpoche, an authentic Buddhist teacher. Program Highlights: Extensive Teachings on the Four Noble Truths: Dive deep into the foundational teachings of Buddhism with Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche as he elucidates the profound wisdom of the Four Truths of the Noble Ones, offering insights and practices to integrate into your daily life. Morning and Evening…

The Four Seals of the Dharma

With Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche

June 19 - 23, 2024
The "Four Seals of the Dharma" is perhaps the most foundational and vital teaching for Buddhist practitioners. These statements offer valid insight into the nature of existence and the path to liberation. Join us as we explore these illuminating topics under the guidance of Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche. Program Highlights In-depth Exploration of the Four Seals of the Dharma: Enter into the foundations of the Buddhist view as Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche elucidates the transformative wisdom encapsulated in the Four Seals of the Dharma. In the comforting Buddha Hall of Gomde California, we will gain meaningful insight to bring more understanding and…

Pacifying the Mind: Atisha’s Seven Points

With Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche

June 26 - 30, 2024
Atisha's instructions in Seven Points of Mind Training can make reality more flexible, virtuous, and easy. These instructions also teach us how to cultivate loving-kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta through the special practice of tonglen or "giving and taking." Join us as we delve into these extraordinary topics under the guidance of Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche. Program Highlights In-depth Exploration of Atisha's Seven Points of Mind Training: Embark on a journey into the heart of mind training as Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche presents the transformative wisdom encapsulated in Atisha's teachings. In the serene setting of Gomde California's Buddha Hall, we will study these…

Instructions on Fivefold Mahamudra

With Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche

July 3 - 7, 2024
The Instructions on the Fivefold Mahamudra composed by the Omniscient Chökyi Jungné is a deeply significant teaching for Mahamudra practitioners. It offers a direct and immediate framework for practicing the Kagyu tradition's highest form of meditation in both formal practice sessions and post-meditation. Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche has taught this text several times at Gomde, with increasingly more direct instruction. Join us as Rinpoche leads us through an exploration of these truly profound teachings. Program Highlights Exploring the Depths of the Instructions on the Fivefold Mahamudra: Journey into the heart of Mahamudra practice as Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche unfolds the transformative wisdom…

The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination

With Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel

July 10 - 14, 2024
Teachings on the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination are fundamental teachings in Buddhism, offering insight into the interconnected nature of existence and the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. These twelve links illustrate the chain of causation that leads to suffering and the process by which we can break free from this cycle to achieve liberation. Each link represents a step in the process, from ignorance to aging and death, providing a comprehensive understanding of how our actions and thoughts shape our reality. Join us as we explore these teachings under the guidance of…

The Heart Sutra

With Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel

July 17 - 21, 2024
Teachings on the Heart Sutra The Heart Sutra, also known as the Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra, encapsulates the essence of the Perfection of Wisdom teachings, emphasizing the profound concept of emptiness and the interconnected nature of all phenomena. Join us as we delve into these teachings under the guidance of Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel, senior teacher at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and Nagi Nunnery. Program Highlights: Extensive Teachings on the Heart Sutra: Dive deep into one of the most revered texts in Mahayana Buddhism with Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel. He will elucidate the profound wisdom of the Heart Sutra, offering insights and practices…

Bardo Teachings

With Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel

July 24 - 28, 2024
Bardo Teachings The Bardo Teachings offer profound insights into the transitional states between death and rebirth, providing a guide for navigating these liminal periods with awareness. Join us as we explore these teachings under the guidance of Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel, an esteemed Buddhist teacher. Additionally, we will meet together to workshop and draft our Spiritual Care Directive, facilitated by sangha member Rhonda LoPresti. We will explore the special methods from our tradition, such as Liberation Upon Contact materials and other supportive substances. Program Highlights: Extensive Teachings on the Bardo: Receive transformative Bardo Teachings with Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel as he elucidates…

The Four Stakes that Bind the Life Force

With Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel

July 30 - August 4, 2024
The Four Stakes that Bind the Life Force The Four Stakes that Bind the Life Force are the key to authentically practicing the development stage in the Vajrayana Buddhist practice. Join us as we receive these critical teachings from Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel, an esteemed Buddhist scholar-practitioner. Program Highlights: Extensive Teachings on the Four Stakes that Bind the Life Force: Dive deep into these essential teachings with Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel as he clearly explains the essential points of visualization, recitation, and samadhi. Morning and Evening Community Practice: Engage in communal practice sessions to enhance your meditation and deepen your connection with…