Our Programs

Gomde California’s fall and spring programs provide a number of opportunities for deepening your experience and knowledge of the Dharma.  Lama Gerry Prindiville will be in residence throughout the year to give teachings on our lineage practices, lead group retreats, and offer guidance for individual retreatants.

Gomde California has developed a staffing system to encourage volunteers who would like to participate in the Gomde community and support the operation of the seminars. Many of these jobs come with discounts for those in need. Please visit the Work Exchange/Scholarship page for descriptions of the services needed.


Buddhist Studies Summer Program

June 10 - August 20, 2014

Program cost: $950 The Buddhist Studies Summer Program is a residential work-study program that combines the traditional study of Buddhist texts with an academic investigation of Buddhist history and philosophy.  Students in the program live at our remote Northern California center and participate in a comprehensive program of study and meditation that combines traditional and… more »


The Uttaratantra Shastra

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

June 13 - 15, 2014

In this weekend of teachings Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will continue his exposition of the classic Mahayana text on buddha nature, the Uttaratantra Shastra.   This foundational text stands at the heart of the Great Vehicle’s teaching that each and every living being possesses a fundamentally pure awakened nature and therefore has the potential to awaken to… more »


Mahamudra I

Phakchok Rinpoche

June 19 - 22, 2014

Phakchok Rinpoche will return to Gomde California on the weekend of June 19th – 22nd to give teachings on Mahamudra.  Rinpoche will base his instructions on the Amrita of the Essential Accomplishment, a pithy Mahamudra text by the Taklung Kagyu master Gelong Ngawang Tashi Paldrub.  In this first level of Mahamudra teachings, Rinpoche will guide… more »


Annual Kurukulle Drupchö

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

June 27 - 29, 2014

The dates for this program are likely to change soon.  Please check back for the final dates and complete registration information This weekend will focus on the magnetizing practice of the Lotus Dakini, Kurukulle.  Through this practice we will learn to magnetize all the circumstances conducive for our authentic practice of the Dharma, as well… more »


Gampopa’s Precious Garland & Kurukulle Drubchö

July 1 - 31, 2014

This month-long program with Lama Tsultrim is a presentation of Gomde California’s Buddhist Studies Summer Program, a residential study program that combines the traditional study of Buddhist texts with guided meditation training and an academic investigation of Buddhist history and philosophy. The traditional component of the program is led by Gomde’s resident Lama, Tsultrim Sangpo,… more »


Teachings on the Nature of Mind

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 13 - 19, 2014

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, spiritual director of Gomde California, will return in August to offer his annual teaching seminar.  We are still working out all the details of Rinpoche’s visit, so please check back with us soon for complete program and registration information.


Three Words that Strike the Vital Point

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

August 29 - 31, 2014

During this weekend program Khandro Rinpoche will teach on the Three Words that Strike the Vital Point, a pithy and precious Dzogchen instruction from the master Garab Dorje.  These essential teachings guide the student toward a recognition of the mind’s true nature, and the crucial stages of training in sustaining this recognition in meditation practice. … more »