June 10th – August 17th, 2014
The Kumara Program is Gomde’s residential work-study program open to anyone ages 18-30. In exchange for their service, students in the program participate in a comprehensive course of study and meditation at our remote Northern California center.
Students in the program attend our full schedule of teachings and programs. Every summer Gomde hosts a number of eminent Tibetan Lamas who offer teachings on the essentials of the Buddhist path. This summer Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will lead extended programs at Gomde. For an up-to-date list of our summer program offerings, please visit the main program page.
Kumara students also participate in the Buddhist Studies Summer Program, a program that combines traditional and academic approaches to Buddhist studies. Throughout the summer our resident Lama, Tsultrim Sangpo, will give daily, traditional teachings and on core topics of Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna practice. These teachings will be augmented with a series of lectures on historical and philosophical topics by Gomde’s translators and instructors, covering the fundamentals of early Buddhism, the developments and philosophies of the Mahāyāna tradition and an introduction to Buddhist tantric thought.
Under the guidance of our experienced Lamas, students will be introduced to the diverse practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Gerry Prindiville will lead students through a comprehensive meditation course that covers the fundamental techniques of Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna meditation. Students will also attend Gomde’s daily meditation sessions and monthly ritual practices with Lama Tsultrim and the entire community. In addition, all our Lamas and senior students be available for personal guidance and advice at all stages of the program. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in short, guided personal retreats.
Participation in this integrative program is offered at a substantially reduced rate in exchange for 20 hours of service per week and the staffing of our regular seminars and teaching programs. We have a variety of jobs available for people of all abilities and with any skills. Every effort is made to assign students to work crews that suit their talents and abilities.
Led by Gomde staff, students work in various crews that are generally broken down into the following categories:
Kitchen - working with Gomde’s cooking staff on the preparation and service and of meals throughout the summer and specifically during Gomde events.
Housekeeping/Hospitality – maintenance of Gomde’s residential and communal facilities, support for individual retreatants, and works in the Dining Tent and Kitchen crew during seminars.
Landscaping and Gardening- maintenance of Gomde’s property, which typically includes brush clearing, gardening, campground maintenance, etc. Supports campers and monitors campgrounds during events.
Administration- work with staff in areas of seminar administration, promotions, etc.
Building and Maintenance-Works on facility maintenance, which can include light carpentry or construction.Please let us know of any special skills you may have that could contribute to the center or programs.
Applicants with specific skills in any of these areas should describe their experience in their applications.
The daily schedule of activities begins with a morning meditation session, followed by a breakfast. From 8am – Noon students break into their respective crews for work on various parts of the property. Everyone gathers again for lunch at 12:30, which is followed by a few hours of personal time. Teachings sessions with out Lamas and instructors are held in the early afternoon, which is followed by the afternoon meditation session. Dinner is held at 6:30 after which students are free for the remainder of the evening. A tentative schedule would be:
Sample Daily Schedule:
6:30 Morning Gomde group practice
8:30 volunteers meet with their crew leaders.
9-12 Work with assigned crew.
1:00- 3:30 Free period
3:30 – 5:00 Teaching/lecture session
5:30 Evening Gomde group Practice
Wednesdays and Sundays are days off from work and teachings, though the meditation and meal schedule continues
The schedule provides opportunities for extracurricular activities on Wednesdays and Sundays in and around Gomde. Options will depend on group preferences and the availability of transportation. Please let us know if you will be coming with a car and can offer rides.
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Click here to register. Acceptance is finalized by a non-refundable deposit of $100.