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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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 »

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Establishing Appearances as Divine

Khenpo Sherab Dorje

July 10 - 15

For the past few years Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche has encouraged his students to study Establishing Appearances as Divine, an essential work on tantric Buddhism composed by the celebrated eleventh-century Nyingma master, Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo.  Gomde California is therefore pleased to present an extended program on this important text led by Khenpo Sherab Dorje, the senior… more »

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Annual Kurukulle Drubchö

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

July 31 - August 2

We are still finalizing the details of this program. Registration will open in May This summer Gomde California will hold its annual Kurukulle Drubchö as part of the Buddhist Studies Summer Program.  Led by Lama Tsultrim Sangpo, this elaborate, multi-day ritual practice focuses on Kurukulle,  a dakini renowned for her ability to magnetize the resources… more »

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Annual Seminar with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 12 - 19

Register for the full program. Register for Opening the Door to Buddhist Practice only. Register for Key Points of Vajrayana Practice only. Register for the Ocean of Amrita Puja only. Program Information This summer Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will lead two teaching programs: Opening the Door to Buddhist Practice:  August 12th -15th In this program Rinpoche will introduce… more »

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Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Full Program

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 12 - 19

This is the registration page for Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s full program only.  Program rates will go up after August 1st, register soon to secure these rates. 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… more »

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Opening the Door to Buddhist Practice

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 12 - 15

This is the registration page for Opening the Door to Buddhist Practice only.  Program rates will go up after August 1st, register soon to secure these rates. 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… more »

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Key Points of Vajrayana Practice

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 14 - 19

This is the registration page for Key Points of Vajrayana Practice only.  Program rates will go up after August 1st, register soon to secure these rates. Rinpoche will guide students in Vajrayana meditation practice, bringing us to a fresh, direct experience of our own true nature. Students will receive guidance on how to avoid pitfalls… more »

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The Ocean of Amrita

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 15

This is the registration page for the Ocean of Amrita only.  Program rates will go up after August 1st, register soon to secure these rates. 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… more »

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Dependent Origination

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

September 4 - 6

Dependent origination is among the most fundamental doctrines of the Buddhist tradition.  At it’s most basic, dependent origination describes the undeniable fact that all personal and material phenomena come into being in dependence upon an inconceivable network of causes and conditions.  At it’s most complex, this doctrine is encoded into the “twelve links of dependent… more »