Program Description

Buddhist Studies Summer Program

With Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

June 6 - July 29, 2022

The Buddhist Studies Summer Program (BSSP) is a residential study and practice program that combines both traditional and academic approaches to Buddhist Studies. Students in the BSSP spend eight weeks at our remote Northern California center, participating in concentrated daily sessions of Buddhist teaching and meditation led by our lamas, teachers, and translators.

This summer, we will focus on both the Sutric and Tantric teachings of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, guided by our resident teacher, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo. Daily study of these philosophical and practice traditions will be supported by regular review sessions and ample space to integrate these teachings into our experience.

The philosophical intent of our studies will be brought to life through daily meditation sessions and short retreats, as well as optional Tibetan language training.

Students will also have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the forests, rivers, and gardens of Gomde California in the summertime.

Program Structure

Meditation

Every morning will begin with group meditation practice, led by Lama Tsultrim Sangpo. We will take the Treasury of Blessings liturgy as our basis for developing deeper meditative concentration, focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha. This liturgy includes all the essential elements of liturgical practice in the Indo-Tibetan tradition.

Buddhist Philosophy & Practice

Part I, June 6 – July 3: Cultivating the Awakened Mind of Bodhicitta
Part II, July 5 – July 29: Introduction to the Practice of Vajrayana

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo will guide us through treasured commentaries on the practice of Buddhism. For Part I, the first half of the program, Lama Tsultrim has selected The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, a lojong, or mind-training, text, through which he will give detailed and comprehensive instructions on the stages of the key points on the development of bodhicitta, the awakened mind of unified wisdom and compassion. This section will conclude with a retreat on Chöd practice, available both onsite and online.

In Part II, the second half of the program, Lama Tsultrim will introduce students to the fundamentals of Vajrayana ritual practice. These teachings will be supplemented by evening meditation sessions, incorporating the profound and elaborate methods of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This section will conclude with a Vajrakilaya retreat, available onsite only.

Classes will be offered five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday, with Mondays and Tuesdays off for personal study, practice, and enjoyment of Gomde California’s beautiful land.

Tibetan Language

Optional introductory Tibetan language instruction will be available for those interested in beginning to learn this incredibly rich, though endangered cultural heritage. Emphasis will be placed on gaining proficiency in reading and grammatical structures, and eventually understanding their application in the context of reading liturgies, commentaries, and prayers.

Program Costs

Residential Tuition:

Full Program: $2100

Part I or II: $1050

Participants may choose to join the full Summer Program, or alternatively join for only Part I or Part II (see Program Description for dates). Residential tuition includes attendance at all major summer programs that occur within the program period, lodging, three meals per day, five days each week, along with participation in daily classes and practice sessions. Optional camping trips and variety social events are included. All participants will be asked to assist with the minor chores of maintaining a Buddhist practice center and to assist with intermittent summer programs. All attendees will have ample time to engage in private study and practice. Additionally, if you sign up for one part of the program only, online access to the other part is included in the tuition.

Online Tuition:

$480 (suggested)

Online attendance is available on a pay-what-you-wish model. Registration includes access to eight weeks of teachings on Mahayana mind-training and Vajrayana ritual practice with Lama Tsultrim Sangpo, as well as the opportunity to periodically submit questions to Lama Tsultrim. Online participants will retain access to the recordings of the teachings, so that they may review them at a later date as well.

Limited scholarships for residential program are available upon request.

Note that Covid-19 related health precautions will be in place to keep the community as safe as possible during this time. Further information on our protocols will be shared with onsite participants one month prior to the program start date. In the event of any health-related changes to the program, all registrants will be immediately notified, and if necessary, refunds made available.

Residential registration window has been extended to May 16, 2022. Online window continues to June 5th, 2022.

If you have any questions about the BSSP, please contact programs@gomdeca.org.

Leader

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo
A senior monk and chant master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Kathmandu, Lama completed a traditional three year retreat under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.  He currently trains the younger monks at the monastery in the practice of the ritual arts.
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