Programs

Skillful Transitions: A Discussion on Death & Dying

May 22, 2022
Join us for this hour-long discussion, where we will share ideas, resources and supports for end of life care. Topics may include how to sponsor prayers, how to get support from our monastery and teachers when the time is near, and how to plan ahead so that you are prepared and free from unnecessary distraction. This will be a space for open and safe conversation; questions are welcome. Workshop Schedule & Format Date: Sunday, May 22 Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am Format: Online (Zoom) Sangha members Rhonda LoPresti and Stephen Barr will lead this one-hour discussion via Zoom. Registrants will…

June Dharma Weekends

Package Dates
June Dharma Weekends are an opportunity explore the Buddha's teachings amidst the summertime beauty of our retreat lands. Each weekend, we will be offering an introduction to meditation, teachings on developing compassion, and guest lectures on a variety of topics. Participants will have access to all of these offerings, as well as the freedom to enjoy the abundant of peace and natural beauty at Gomde—a perfect setting to deepen your personal experience. Fridays are arrival days, with dinner included. On Saturdays, there will be an introduction to meditation class with Lama Kunzang Drolma, a guest lecture from an experience community…

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…

The Practice of Chöd: Retreat

With Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

June 29 - July 3, 2022
Chöd, or “cutting through,” is a profound practice which 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 chöd, and of perfecting our understanding of both its profound meaning and its lineage of…

Private 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…

Lojong: The Intelligent Heart

With Lama Bruce Newman

February 24 - June 2, 2022
In this online course, we will learn to develop the practice of lojong (“mind training”), renowned as an essential method for entering the heart of Mahayana Buddhism. As a basis for our study, we will use The Intelligent Heart by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, his commentary on the classic manual for lojong practice, Seven Points of Mind Training. Lojong offers teachings on both relative and absolute bodhicitta, with a strong emphasis on transforming the adversities of our lives into the path of enlightenment. Since most of us are immersed in a busy lifestyle, these teachings are of the utmost importance. Over…

Online Treasury of Blessings Practice

With Lama Kunzang Drolma

April 1 - October 1, 2022
Join our online practice of the Shakyamuni Buddha sadhana from home! In Spring 2020, Gomde California began streaming our Treasury of Blessings practice sessions on Sunday mornings. After a summer hiatus, we are again offering it on Zoom—a perfect opportunity for our community to come together and reconnect with this essential practice, hosted by Lama Kunzang Drolma. SCHEDULE Beginning October 3, 2021: Sundays at 8:00 am Pacific Time FORMAT Click "Register Now" to enter your information and receive the Zoom link. PRICE Free!