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.

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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 »

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The Way of the Bodhisattva, Teachings on Buddha Nature, and Ocean of Amrita Puja

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 12 - 19, 2014

From August 12th – 14th Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will give instructions on the practices of a bodhisattva, one who strives towards awakening for the benefit of others. Basing his teachings on the classic Indian Buddhist text The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, Rinpoche will elucidate the bodhisattva’s conduct in a way that is fresh,… more »

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The Way of the Bodhisattva

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 12 - 14, 2014

This is the registration page for The Way of the Bodhisattva program only. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will offer instructions on the practices of a bodhisattva, one who strives towards awakening for the benefit of others. Basing his teachings on the classic Indian Buddhist text The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, Rinpoche will elucidate the… more »

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Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Full Program

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 12 - 19, 2014

This is the registration page for both The Way of the Bodhisattva and Teachings on Buddha Nature. In the first weekend of teachings, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will give instructions on the practices of a bodhisattva, one who strives towards awakening for the benefit of others. Basing his teachings on the classic Indian Buddhist text The… more »

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Teachings on Buddha Nature

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 14 - 19, 2014

This is the registration page for Teachings on Buddha Nature only. In the second segment of teachings, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will teach on the principle of buddha nature, the potential for perfect awakening that lies within each of us. In teaching how to realize this potential, Rinpoche will offer clear and direct instruction that introduces… more »

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The Ocean of Amrita Puja

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 16, 2014

This is the registration page for the Ocean of Amrita Puja only. On Saturday August 16th, Rinpoche will lead the Gomde community in our annual ritual practice of the Ocean of Amrita, a profound practice for purifying samaya, the sacred commitments that mark our relationships with our teachers and link all of us together as… more »

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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 »