Teachers

Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche

Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche was born in 197​5​. After finishing a three-year retreat, which he began at age 13, h​​e took on the responsibility of Retreat Master at the seat of his father and ancestors at Tsangsar Lha Lam Osel Ling.

At the age of 17, ​Rinpoche received full ordination from Venerable Dil Yag Dabzang Rinpoche, and at the age of 18​ he​ was recognized ​by His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche ​as the fourth incarnation of Ngag Gy​ud ​Dh​argye Gyatso,​ who was a student of Situ Pema Nyiche​. ​

Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche spent several years studying and practicing at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, the heart of our lineage’s activity, and has more recently has helped preside over several drubchens at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling.

Rinpoche has received numerous empowerments, transmissions and oral instructions from many great masters, particularly from His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Tsewang, and Mingyur Rinpoche, among others. Rinpoche currently lives in Oakland, and travels to teach and support the Dharma around the world.

Events with Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche

Buddhist Studies Summer Program 2024
June 6 - August 4, 2024

The Buddhist Studies Summer Program (BSSP) is an intensive residential study and practice program. Students in the BSSP spend four to eight weeks at our remote Northern California center, participating in concentrated daily sessions of Buddhist teaching and meditation led by lamas, teachers, and translators from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Nepal. This summer, we will focus on the Sutric and Tantric teachings of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, guided by skilled Tibetan monks from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Daily study of these philosophical and practice traditions will be supported by regular review sessions and ample space to integrate these teachings into our…

Mahamudra Practice Retreat with Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche August 2024
August 8 - 12, 2024

We warmly welcome you to participate in this special retreat, led by Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche, which will serve as the capstone practice retreat of Gomde California’s 2023 Buddhist Studies Summer Program. This practice retreat is recommended for those who have received Mahamudra or Dzogchen instructions from a qualified lama, however it will also support those who have received and are practicing foundational calm-abiding (shamatha) instructions. The schedule will be structured around several formal “unelaborate” or resting meditation sessions throughout each day, with very few teachings or instructions provided. In addition to the periods of meditation, attendees will also engage in…

Work Week August 2024
August 19 - 26, 2024

This year we are hosting a special Work Week in preparation for a busy summer of seminars and retreats. In particular, we invite our sangha members to join us in developing and beautifying the land for our 21stAnniversary celebration and teachings with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. We’ll be hanging prayer flags, painting the Lama House, building benches and tables, gardening, laying stone along the paths, hanging lanterns in the campgrounds, constructing a communal tent, and engaging in a whole host of preparatory activities. As an offering to our volunteers, Khenpo Tsondru Sangpo from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery will join us for…