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

The Four Truths of the Noble Ones
June 12 - 16, 2024

The Four Truths of the Noble Ones are foundational teachings, articulated by Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, as the framework for understanding the nature of existence and the path to liberation from suffering. Join us, as we dive deep into these teachings under the guidance of Tsangsar Rinpoche, an authentic Buddhist teacher. Program Highlights: Extensive Teachings on the Four Noble Truths: Dive deep into the foundational teachings of Buddhism with Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche as he elucidates the profound wisdom of the Four Truths of the Noble Ones, offering insights and practices to integrate into your daily life. Morning and Evening…

The Four Seals of the Dharma
June 19 - 23, 2024

The “Four Seals of the Dharma” is perhaps the most foundational and vital teaching for Buddhist practitioners. These statements offer valid insight into the nature of existence and the path to liberation. Join us as we explore these illuminating topics under the guidance of Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche. Program Highlights In-depth Exploration of the Four Seals of the Dharma: Enter into the foundations of the Buddhist view as Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche elucidates the transformative wisdom encapsulated in the Four Seals of the Dharma. In the comforting Buddha Hall of Gomde California, we will gain meaningful insight to bring more understanding and…

Pacifying the Mind: Atisha's Seven Points
June 26 - 30, 2024

Atisha’s instructions in Seven Points of Mind Training can make reality more flexible, virtuous, and easy. These instructions also teach us how to cultivate loving-kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta through the special practice of tonglen or “giving and taking.” Join us as we delve into these extraordinary topics under the guidance of Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche. Program Highlights In-depth Exploration of Atisha’s Seven Points of Mind Training: Embark on a journey into the heart of mind training as Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche presents the transformative wisdom encapsulated in Atisha’s teachings. In the serene setting of Gomde California’s Buddha Hall, we will study these…

Instructions on Fivefold Mahamudra
July 3 - 7, 2024

The Instructions on the Fivefold Mahamudra composed by the Omniscient Chökyi Jungné is a deeply significant teaching for Mahamudra practitioners. It offers a direct and immediate framework for practicing the Kagyu tradition’s highest form of meditation in both formal practice sessions and post-meditation. Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche has taught this text several times at Gomde, with increasingly more direct instruction. Join us as Rinpoche leads us through an exploration of these truly profound teachings. Program Highlights Exploring the Depths of the Instructions on the Fivefold Mahamudra: Journey into the heart of Mahamudra practice as Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche unfolds the transformative wisdom…

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…