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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Turning the Mind from Samsara 1: Our Precious Human Life

Lama Gerry Prindiville

September 26 - 28

This program is the first in a four-part series offered in support of Tara’s Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program.  Based on the wisdom teachings of Green Tara, we will focus on the first of the four thoughts that help us cultivate weariness with cyclic existence: our precious human existence.  This retreat will help us to understand… more »

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Luminous Wilderness, Hidden Realms, and Pure Lands: Engaging Sacred Nature through Classical Buddhist Teachings

Buddhist Studies Lecture Series

October 17 - 19

  With Professor Stephen Jenkins of Humboldt State University and Katherine Wilson, MDiv., Harvard Divinity School. This program in Gomde California’s  inspiring natural setting will be based in classical Buddhist teachings that open up a vision of nature where “waterfalls whisper the Dharma” and our hearts are doorways to hidden realms. We will combine these… more »

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Turning the Mind from Samsara 2: Impermanence and Death

Ryan Damron

November 7 - 9

This program is the second in a four-part series offered in support of Tara’s Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program.  Based on the wisdom teachings of Green Tara, we will focus on the second of the four thoughts that help us cultivate weariness with cyclic existence: impermanence and death.  In these sessions we will closely examine… more »

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Annual New Year’s Vajrasattva Retreat

Lama Gerry Prindiville

December 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015

This nine-day retreat will focus on the practice of the deity Vajrasattva from the Chokling Tersar Lineage.  Through engaging in this practice we purify the accumulated effects of our negative actions and dispel our mental obscurations, thus offering us a way to start the New Year fresh and with clarity. Detailed instruction will be offered… more »