Program Description

  • Commuter Registration (w/out onsite lodging) – $250.00
  • Registration + Camping – $290.00
  • Tent Cabins (Private Retreat) – $430.00
  • Forest Retreat Cabin – $650.00
  • Tara Cottage – $850.00
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The Heart Sutra with Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel

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 to integrate its teachings into your daily life.

Morning and Evening Community Practice: Engage in communal practice sessions to enhance your meditation and deepen your connection with fellow dharma practitioners under the guidance of Khenpo la.

Delicious Vegetarian Meals: Enjoy three delectable vegetarian meals per day, prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients to nourish both body and soul.

Nature Immersion: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Gomde California during the summer season. Enjoy leisurely swims in the river, explore scenic hiking trails, and bask in the tranquility of our secluded forest retreat environment.

Integration Day: Sunday will be dedicated to practice, allowing you to reflect on and integrate the teachings and practices shared throughout the retreat. Engage in guided meditations, contemplative walks, and group discussions to deepen your understanding and embody the teachings.

Program Details:

  • Duration: Four nights, from Wednesday (July 17) to Sunday (July 21).
  • Location: Gomde California, nestled in the picturesque coastal mountains of Mendocino County.
  • Accommodation: Lodging options are available on-site via the registration page, or opt to stay off-site in a local hotel or airbnb.
  • Facilities: Access to the Buddha Halls, communal spaces, showerhouse, and outdoor recreational areas.
  • Prerequisites: All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to seasoned practitioners.

*All participants will be expected to engage in some service-practice. If you are unable to offer physical service for a particular reason, please write to us at


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Limited need-based scholarships are available. To inquire, please write

Cancellations within 3 weeks of the program’s start are subject to a $100 processing fee.



Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel
Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel was born in 1982 in Mugum Bazaar, Northwestern Nepal. He was ordained at thirteen at Ka Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal, under Kyabje Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Chokling Rinpoche. He studied in the monastery’s elementary school, memorizing texts and learning the monastery’s chanting tradition. He received novice and full monastic vows from Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche. In 1998, he began ten years of study at the Sangye Yeshe Higher Shedra, focusing on sutra- and mantra-level Buddhism. He taught in the monastery’s middle school and served as a teaching assistant. After completing his studies in 2007, he…
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