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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Annual New Year’s Vajrasattva Retreat

Lama Gerry Prindiville

December 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Gomde’s annual new year’s retreat focuses on the deity Vajrasattva, an expression of timeless buddhahood who is closely associated with the power of purification. Through this practice we purify the accumulated effects of our negative actions, dispel our mental obscurations, and reveal our innate stainless nature. Engaging in this sustained period of practice offers an… more »

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Turning the Mind from Samsara 3: The Defects of Cyclic Existence

Ani Kunzang Drolma

January 23 - 25

This program is the third 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 third of the four thoughts that help us cultivate weariness with cyclic existence: the defects of cyclic existence.  So often we try to… more »

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Tibetan New Year Tinley Nyingpo Retreat

February 13 - 15

Gomde California will celebrate both Tibetan New Year and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s anniversary with a retreat focused on the practice of Guru Rinpoche.  The retreat will begin on the evening of February 13th with the practice of Vajrakilaya in order to avert any obstacles that may arise.  After that we will engage in the group… more »

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

John Makransky, PhD

March 6 - 8

Registration for this program will open in early 2015 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. … more »

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Tranquility and the Mind at Ease

Lama Bruce Newman

April 10 - 12

Registration for this program will open in early 2015 In this weekend program Lama Bruce Newman will guide us in study and practice based on the ‘Tranquility Meditation’ chapter of Mind at Ease by Traleg Rinpoche.  Traleg Rinpoche, a modern master of Mahamudra, had western university training, wrote and taught in fluent English, and had… more »

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Turning the Mind from Samsara 4: Karmic Cause and Effect

Lama Gerry Prindiville

May 15 - 17

Registration for this program will open in early 2015 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… more »