Programs

Visit Gomde California

Open Dates
During the summer season (May 31–Sept 20), we welcome visitors to our campground  During this time, you are welcome to come visit for the day, or to bring your own camping gear (shelter, bedding, and food) for an overnight visit to our 250-acre property. While there won't be any on-site programs this summer, there is an abundance of peace and natural beauty at Gomde—a perfect setting to deepen your practice. In the off-season, you are also welcome to come for a day visit, or if you would like to engage in private retreat, you may do so by registering here:…

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…

Private Retreat at Gomde California

Open Dates
Click here to see photos of our new Manjushri Cabin! 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…

The Concise Practice of Guru Rinpoche

With Dr. Catherine Dalton

July 17 - 19, 2021
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, crowned by Avalokiteshvara, embodiment of compassion, and Amitayus, Lord of Infinite Life. It is said in Guru Rinpoche's own instructions that the most powerful way to dispel obstacles is to pray to the guru—the master who embodies all the awakened beings of past, present,…

Becoming Divine: Four Stakes that Bind the Life-Force

With Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

July 27 - August 5, 2021
In this 4-part online series, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo will unpack 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, will guide us through an in-depth exploration these four stakes…

Online Treasury of Blessings Practice

With Lama Kunzang Drolma

October 3 - December 31, 2021
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!

Scholar Talks: Buddhist Perspectives on Vegetarianism and the Modern Animal Rights Movement

With Dr. Geoffrey Barstow

December 16, 2021
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: Saturday, December 16…

12th Annual New Year’s Vajrasattva Retreat

With Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

January 2 - 17, 2022
Gomde's Annual New Year's retreat focuses on the deity Vajrasattva—the "Lord of All Buddha Families" and an expression of the ultimate purity of our intrinsic nature. Vajrasattva is the essence of all the Buddhas, so all deities are included within this single deity and all practices within this one sadhana. This profound practice of the Sangtik Dorsem was revealed by the great master, Chokgyur Lingpa, as part of the Sangtik cycle of instruction. It purifies the afflictions that arise due to our past negative actions, clears our mental obscurations, and reveals our stainless essence, the ultimate Vajrasattva. Lama Tsultrim Sangpo…

Sang: The Practice of Smoke Offering

With Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

January 21 - 23, 2022
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 two-session weekend seminar, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo will guide 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…