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.


The Healing Power of Innate Love and Wisdom: Meditations from Tibet for Westerners

John Makransky, PhD

March 6 - 8

To be a healing and compassionate presence for others, we need to heal deep within.  For that, we need to connect to a more open, unconditional part of our being, a basic kindness and compassion available in the background of our experience, in our basic awareness.  In this retreat, meditation practices from Tibet are adapted… more »


Medicine Buddha: the Door to Boundless Healing

Lama Bruce Newman

April 10 - 12

*Please note that the program topic has changed. In this weekend retreat, Lama Bruce will help us to discover the healing power of Sangye Menlha, the Medicine Buddha.  Based on Tulku Thondup’s book, Boundless Healing, Lama Bruce will guide us through an array of profound meditations on the Medicine Buddha that bring us, as well… more »

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Turning the Mind from Samsara 4: Karmic Cause and Effect

Lama Gerry Prindiville

May 22 - 24

This program is the fourth 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 fourth of the four thoughts that help us cultivate weariness with cyclic existence: karmic cause and effect.  In this program we will examine… more »


The Uttaratantra Shastra

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

July 2 - 5

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 »


Annual Seminar with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 12 - 19

This summer Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will offer two teaching programs: Opening the Door to Buddhist Practice:  August 12th -15th In this program Rinpoche will introduce students to the practice of the Buddhist path, presenting the age-old wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible and applicable for the modern practitioner. This seminar… more »



Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

September 4 - 6

We are still finalizing the details of this program. Please check back later in the spring for more information and to register.