Programs

Visit Gomde California

Open Dates
We are welcoming visitors to our campground this summer! Beginning May 31st, 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. Please register at least one week prior to planned arrival by clicking on the "Register Now" button. Note that there a few rules in place to comply with CDC guidelines and protect the health…

Medicine Buddha: Door to Boundless Healing

With Lama Bruce Newman

Open Dates
In this weekend retreat, Lama Bruce Newman will help us uncover our innate capacity for healing. Using Tulku Thondup’s book, Boundless Healing, Lama Bruce will guide us through profound meditations on the Medicine Buddha that nurture both health and liberation. This retreat will benefit anyone interested in healing as a means for self-transformation. Please join us for this weekend of teaching and practice so that you can learn practices that will improve health and bring comfort during times of illness and mental distress. This retreat is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of experience, no previous exposure to…

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…

Private Retreat at Gomde California

Open Dates
Click here to see photos of our new Tiny Home! 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 pine, 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…

Online Treasury of Blessings Practice

With Lama Kunzang Drolma

January 14 - July 18, 2021
Join our online practice of the Shakyamuni Buddha sadhana from home! Since the spring, Gomde California has been streaming our Treasury of Blessings practice sessions on Sunday mornings. We are now offering it on Zoom—a perfect opportunity for our community to come together and reconnect with this essential practice, led by Lama Kunzang Drolma. SCHEDULE Every Sunday at 8:00 am PST FORMAT Click "Register Now" to receive the Zoom link PRICE Free

Unconditional Love as a Doorway into—and Reflex of—the Nature of Mind

With Lama John Makransky

Open Dates
This day-long retreat explores ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. We will learn how to participate in an empowering field of loving, spiritual connection, and so become increasingly receptive to the unconditioned openness, wisdom and compassionate energy of our essential nature—known in the Buddhist tradition as buddha nature. Parts of us, often unconsciously, prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on ways that the healing powers of our buddha nature can help…

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…

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 up 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 an in-depth exploration these four stakes that…